PARIS; March 25, 2002 – Groupe DANONE (Euroclear: 12064) today announced a strategic agreement with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) for the worldwide deployment of SAP software. This initiative would take place as part of Groupe DANONE’s Themis program, which is designed to streamline the company’s information systems by improving circulation of information and enhancing the effectiveness of operations (e.g. commercial, supply chain, finance) around the world.
Under the terms of the agreement, Accenture will help Groupe DANONE design, build and deploy a solution at more than 30 business units in North America, Latin America, and Western, Central and Eastern Europe. This solution is built on an Enterprise Resource Planning solution to support Groupe DANONE’s Biscuits, Water and Fresh Dairy Products business units.
The agreement is the next step in a history of collaboration between Groupe DANONE and Accenture. Specifically, Accenture has helped Groupe DANONE to design, build and deploy SAP solutions at pilot operating sites in the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and China.
"We chose Accenture because of the quality of services it provided during our past collaboration, in particular, the quality of project design and build, the excellence during execution and strong commitment to on-time completion within budget," said Mohamed Marfouk, Chief Information Officer of Groupe DANONE. "Also, as part of the worldwide deployment of the Themis program, Accenture’s consumer products industry expertise will help us to achieve expected business benefits."
"The extension of our collaboration with Groupe DANONE demonstrates our ability to deliver innovative solutions that help our clients achieve long-term benefits around the world," noted Patrick Puechbroussou, Partner, Accenture Solutions Engineering Service Line. "We are confident that the business synergies and efficiencies, developed through the worldwide deployment of the Themis program will help reinforce Groupe DANONE’s global market leadership."
About Groupe DANONE
Groupe DANONE, n°1 worldwide in Fresh Dairy Foods and in Bottled Water, n°2 in Biscuits, generates sales of 14,470 millions euros, with worldwide brands such as DANONE, LU, EVIAN. The Group has more than 100,000 people around the world and commercializes its products in more than 120 countries.
Accenture is the world’s leading management consulting and technology services organization. Through its network of businesses approach — in which the company enhances its consulting and outsourcing expertise through alliances, affiliated companies and other capabilities — Accenture delivers innovations that help clients across all industries quickly realize their visions. With more than 75,000 people in 47 countries, the company generated net revenues of $11.44 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2001. Its home page is www.accenture.com.