Unilever is the world's largest ice cream maker but the FMCG giant is not resting on its laurels. Kevin Havelock, president of refreshments,...
Unilever has said it wants to move its food business to a new growth phase by investing in areas that offer the greatest top-line potential...
| 4 Dec 2014
Unilever is establishing a stand-alone unit for its spreads brands, prompting fresh speculation that the group could be preparing for a sale of the business. At the same time, this week's acquisition of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto would suggest that the Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant is prepared to invest in growth areas in food. Could these changes spell further portfolio adjustments? Katy Askew reports.
| 23 Oct 2014
Unilever's third quarter underlying sales growth missed analyst expectations as the Hellmann's maker reported its spreads segment was still struggling, and ice cream sales were dampened by poor weather in Europe.
| 30 Aug 2013
After a decade of solid growth, Brazil's economy has slowed sharply. The fall in the value of the real has also contributed to stubborn inflation, hitting consumer confidence. Many FMCG firms continue to enjoy sales growth but margins have come under pressure and they have had to adapt to the tougher economic climate.
| 30 Aug 2013
Earlier this week, Brazil's finance minister, Guido Mantega, admitted the country's economy was going through a "mini crisis" but said it remained "strong". GDP growth has slowed and inflation is a problem but, for all the immediate challenges, the FMCG sector and industry watchers are largely bullish about the country's prospects.
| 22 Oct 2013
As one of the world's largest consumer goods groups, Unilever is always in the spotlight, both for its financial performance and for its laudable bid to become a more sustainable company. In a two-part interview, Dean Best talked to Unilever CEO Paul Polman about its low-growth food arm and the slowdown in emerging markets.
| 10 Apr 2013
James Lambert, CEO of UK-based R&R Ice Cream, has suggested the company's plan to buy local rival Fredericks Dairies will give retailers a "real alternative" to market leader Unilever.
| 31 Jul 2015
Unilever has teamed up with UK confectioner Kinnerton to launch a range of Magnum chocolates in the country.
| 23 Jul 2015
Unilever booked higher sales in its food and refreshment units, with both businesses also reporting improved margins in the first half.
| 16 Feb 2015
Unilever is looking to breathe fresh life into Cornetto sales in the UK with new products and a push on price as part of this year's NPD for its ice cream portfolio.
| 5 Feb 2015
Unilever has announced it is reformulating its Breyers brand of ice cream in the US to only use milk from cows that are not treated with artificial growth hormones.
| 20 Jan 2015
Unilever has confirmed it is to roll out its Magnum ice cream in a further five cities across India.
| 2 Dec 2014
Unilever has acquired Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, a packaged gelato manufacturer in the US.
| 6 May 2014
North America-based bakery firm Weston Foods, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, had announced the acquisition of rye-bread producer Rubschlager Baking Corporation.
| 18 Feb 2014
Ben & Jerry's frozen Greek-style yoghurt and a range of "gelato" Carte D'Or products are among the lines set for launch as Unilever prepares to introduce a raft of products into the UK market.
| 12 Sep 2013
Unilever has revealed plans to expand its Magnum brand and is targeting an increase in "in-home" sales during the winter season.
| 3 Apr 2013
UK confectioner Kinnerton has entered into a licensing deal with Unilever that will see ice cream brands including Magnum and Cornetto launched into confectionery.
| 1 Oct 2012
Unilever has introduced a new line of premium ice cream in Spain under the Carte d'Or brand.
| 28 Sep 2012
Unilever has launched Magnum Luxury in tubs in the UK to capitalise on opportunities in the luxury ice cream sector.
| 26 Apr 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.
| 21 Feb 2012
Unilever has pledged that Magnum will be the first ice-cream brand to contain only cocoa from farms certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
| 20 Jan 2012
Flavours, health and wellness and ice cream are three sectors highlighted in this week's batch of featured reports from the just-food store.
| 22 Dec 2011
Unilever has completed the acquisition of Finnish firm Ingman Ice Cream.
| 15 Nov 2011
Ratings agency Fitch has said it expects consumer goods group Unilever to offload individual food brands and focus on its fast-growing personal care business.
| 3 Nov 2011
Unilever has reported a fall in third-quarter volumes from both its main food divisions, as price hikes hit its spreads business and poor weather in Europe affected ice cream sales.
| 5 Sep 2011
Unilever is to sell mini-tubs of Carte D'Or ice cream in the UK.
| 4 Aug 2011
Shares in Unilever climbed this morning (4 August) after the consumer goods giant's first-half results calmed the City's fears over its margins.
| 3 Aug 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.
| 10 Jun 2011
Spanish banking major La Caixa and the country's leading food lobby Federación Española de Industrias de la Alimentación y Bebidas (FIAB) have joined forces to lend up to EUR300m (US$431.7m) to help SME agro-food companies obtain working capital and expand internationally.
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