This French food company, began in Spain, and was founded in 1919 by Isaac Carasso in Barcelona. It got its name from a Catalan diminutive of the name of his first-born son, Daniel. It moved to France 10 years after it first opened, and the first French factory began operations. During the Nazi occupation of France during WWII, Daniel temporarily moved the company to New York, USA due to his Jewish Faith. Whilst in New York, Daniel partnered with Swiss-born Spaniard Joe Metzger and the name was changed to Dannon, to sound more American. He returned to Paris in 1951, and the American business was sold in 1959. In 1967, Danone merged with Gervais, and became Gervais Danone.