24 October 2013
Unilever today (24 October) posted a drop in underlying third-quarter revenue from its foods division, as sales from its spreads business fell.
23 October 2013
The performance of Unilever's food business has come under scrutiny in recent quarters. Sales growth has lagged its non-food operations and although Unilever has offloaded some "non-strategic" food brands, some in the investment community have suggested more could be done. In part two of just-food's interview with Unilever CEO Paul Polman, the Dutchman discusses the company's spreads business.
16 October 2013
The UK's advertising standards watchdog has banned a Unilever Flora ad for making unjustified claims about its Pro-Activ spread.
29 July 2013
PepsiCo and Unilever are facing suggestions from parts of the investment community they should embark on wholesale changes to boost growth. Dean Best looks at whether the companies will listen.
17 June 2013
The latest just-food interview saw the boss of Nestle's business in Greater China discuss the food giant's strategy in the market and why he believed the world's largest food manufacturer had the edge on its rivals in the region. It was a week of a number of notable pieces of M&A, including Canadian retailer Sobeys' move to buy Safeway Inc's business in Canada and JBS's deal to acquire Seara Brasil from local meat rival Marfrig.
11 June 2013
Unilever has reverted to its original Flora recipe in response to negative consumer feedback after it introduced a new version of the spread in early 2012.
24 May 2013
Arla Foods has offloaded UK milk drinks operation Crediton Dairy to a group of executives who worked for the unit's previous owner, Milk Link.
1 May 2013
What will Unilever do with its spreads business? After that part of the company's portfolio was a factor in first-quarter sales that missed analyst expectations, the question has returned to the minds of some in the investment community. Dean Best thinks they will stick with the division.
25 April 2013
Unilever's share price was down this morning (25 April) as weakness in spreads held back an otherwise "solid" first-quarter performance.
23 January 2013
Unilever has said it expected its food business to have performed better in 2012 and said innovation will be an important source of gross margin improvement in the division in the new financial year.
2 January 2013
Brasil Foods has increased its foothold in Argentina by acquiring all remaining shares in Argentine poultry producer Avex.
25 October 2012
Unilever's shares were up 3% this morning (25 October) despite food sales volumes falling in the third quarter as its spreads brands suffered from high pricing in key markets.
31 July 2012
Unilever's latest disposal of food assets is just another sign the consumer goods giant is focusing more on its faster-growing home and personal care businesses.
26 July 2012
Food sales volumes fell at Unilever in the second quarter of 2012 after an increase in the first three months of the year, highlighting the current challenging nature of the sector.
27 June 2012
Unilever is to introduce a "premium" spread under its Bertolli brand that it hopes will add value to the category in the UK.
31 May 2012
Prompted by public health campaigns and changes to product recipes, consumers have become more aware of the difference between bad and good fats, with the latter linked to improved blood cholesterol and reducing diabetes. Some in the industry, however, believe consumers can be confused by the wave of information from different stakeholders.
31 May 2012
Calls for levies on fat have intensified in recent years but regulation on the level of the nutrient in food is rare. Education and reformulation, often sparked by campaigners, have been the two ways in which industry and governments have looked to change the fat content in products.
26 April 2012
Unilever has seen sales volumes from its food division increase in the first quarter of 2012, a sign of recovery after a year of decline.
24 April 2012
Unilever is planning to build a palm oil processing plant in Indonesia as part of a target to use only "traceable" sources of the commodity by 2020.
21 March 2012
Unilever has made the first addition to its UK baking brand Stork since its inception.
20 March 2012
Unilever benefits from being present in the food sector, CEO Paul Polman has insisted, as analysts continue to weigh up the future of the consumer goods giant's grocery business.
6 February 2012
The EU has for the first time granted legal protection to a traditional food product made in two countries – not just one – against being copied by manufacturers from outside its home region.
3 February 2012
Unilever's food division has been under the microscope in recent months, with a series of disposals and growth in many categories slow, lagging behind its more buoyant non-food businesses As Michelle Russell writes, this week, as Unilever reported its 2011 results, the scrutiny returned.
25 January 2012
Unilever has decided to relaunch its Flora brand in the UK after developing technology it claims will create a better-tasting product.
16 January 2012
Unilever workers in the UK will down tools over 11 days in their latest protest over changes to the company's final salary pension scheme.
23 December 2011
As well as our raft of insight articles, just-food continued to provide all the breaking news throughout the food industry in 2011. Below are the ten articles that had you clicking the most throughout the year.
21 October 2011
Consumers are more brand loyal when shopping online, giving food manufacturers the chance to exploit the growth of the channel, according to Unilever.
3 August 2011
Analysts have suggested that Unilever may look to sell its food division in order to fund acquisitions in the home and personal care sector.
4 April 2011
just-food's exclusive partnership with the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference last week provided us with the chance to hear how the likes of Nestle, Danone and Unilever viewed the current trading environment - and many of the companies presenting struck a somewhat cautious tone.
1 April 2011
The second edition of the European investment conference CAGE was held in London this week, with the likes of Nestle, Danone and Unilever presenting to analysts. Elsewhere, just-food discussed the impact that the nuclear uncertainty in Japan could have on the country's food sector, analysed Marks and Spencer's return to France - and asked what companies mean by 'corporate responsibility'.