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Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the on...

Analysis: Unilever's global ice cream push

Unilever is the world's largest ice cream maker but the FMCG giant is not resting on its laurels. Kevin Havelock, president of refreshments,...

On the money: Unilever aims to get food growing

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 2015

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 in emerging and developed markets.

Unilever restructuring could lead to spreads sale

Katy Askew | 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.

On the money: Spreads, ice cream top Unilever woes

Hannah Abdulla | 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.

Brazil briefing: Adapting to cooling economy

Dean Best | 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.

Latest Interviews

The just-food interview - Unilever CEO Paul Polman

Dean Best | 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.

R&R chief: We can be real alternative to Unilever

Dean Best | 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.

Latest News

Unilever launches Magnum chocolates line

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

Unilever has teamed up with UK confectioner Kinnerton to launch a range of Magnum chocolates in the country.

Unilever sees growth in food, refreshments

Katy Askew | 23 Jul 2015

Unilever booked higher sales in its food and refreshment units, with both businesses also reporting improved margins in the first half.

Unilever aims to revitalise Cornetto in NPD push

Dean Best | 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.

Unilever's Breyers switches to hormone-free milk

Hannah Abdulla | 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.

Unilever to broaden Magnum's presence in India

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Jan 2015

Unilever has confirmed it is to roll out its Magnum ice cream in a further five cities across India.

Unilever acquires US gelato maker Talenti

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Dec 2014

Unilever has acquired Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, a packaged gelato manufacturer in the US.

Weston Foods acquires rye-bread maker

Hannah Abdulla | 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.

Unilever launches ice cream NPD offensive

Dean Best | 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.

Unilever targets in-home sales with Magnum NPD

Katy Askew | 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.

Kinnerton, Unilever strike licensing deal

Katy Askew | 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.

Unilever expands premium Carte d'Or offering

Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2012

Unilever has introduced a new line of premium ice cream in Spain under the Carte d'Or brand.

Unilever's Magnum Luxury tubs target home treats

Chris Mercer | 28 Sep 2012

Unilever has launched Magnum Luxury in tubs in the UK to capitalise on opportunities in the luxury ice cream sector.

Food volumes grow at Unilever in Q1

Dean Best | 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.

Unilever makes Magnum Rainforest commitment

Michelle Russell | 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.

just-food's research round-up

just-food Research Team | 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.

Unilever completes Finnish ice cream deal

Katie Smith | 22 Dec 2011

Unilever has completed the acquisition of Finnish firm Ingman Ice Cream.

Unilever likely to sell staple food brands - Fitch

Katie Smith | 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.

Unilever food volumes slide in Q3

Dean Best | 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.

Unilever launches Carte D'Or mini-tubs

Sam Webb | 5 Sep 2011

Unilever is to sell mini-tubs of Carte D'Or ice cream in the UK.

Shares rise as Unilever soothes margin fears

Dean Best | 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.

Analysts speculate over future of Unilever in food

Petah Marian | 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.

La Caixa, FIAB establish agro-food fund

Ivan Castano | 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.

Company research

Magnum Cash&Carry TOO in Retailing (Kazakhstan)

Magnum Cash&Carry TOO in Retailing (Kazakhstan)

Magnum Cash&Carry focuses on high turnover, wide product assortment and the operation of large supermarkets and hypermarkets. The company tries to offer prices below the retail average in Kazakhstan....

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Ice Cream in Pakistan

Ice Cream in Pakistan

2014 saw the launch of many new products and services by manufacturers. One of the highlights was the launch of Wall’s One Hour Home Delivery service for consumers in Karachi and Lahore by Unilever Pa...

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Ice Cream in Indonesia

Ice Cream in Indonesia

The already high penetration of ice cream in Indonesia meant that manufacturers had limited options other than to extend innovation and launch new products to boost volume sales in Indonesia. Followin...

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