22 October 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.
12 September 2013
Unilever has revealed plans to expand its Magnum brand and is targeting an increase in "in-home" sales during the winter season.
30 August 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 August 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.
30 August 2013
Brazil has become an exciting investment prospect for both domestic and foreign FMCG firms looking to offset weakness in other markets. Here we offer quotes from a number of firms commenting on Brazil in their recent second-quarter results.
22 July 2013
Unilever could soon be selling another food brand. The company, which has offloaded a number of food assets in recent years, is understood to be on the look out for a buyer for its Peperami snack brand. While Unilever has declined to comment on the reports, analysts have offered their views as to who might snap up this "animal" of a brand.
10 April 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.
3 April 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.
7 January 2013
Last week may have been the first week back at our desks after the new year, but we hit the ground running with news that Unilever sold its Skippy peanut butter business to Hormel Foods.
4 January 2013
News that Unilever has sold its Skippy peanut butter brand comes as little surprise. The well-flagged disposal follows a number of divestments in the packaged food space. The consumer goods giant is clearly hoping that its food interests will benefit from greater focus, while the decision to shed a largely US-leaning brand reflects Unilever's disposition towards emerging markets. Katy Askew reports.
18 December 2012
From a sustainability standpoint, 2012 might be characterised as a year when the world went backwards - or at a pinch stayed still - but the food industry moved forward, writes Ben Cooper.
1 October 2012
Unilever has introduced a new line of premium ice cream in Spain under the Carte d'Or brand.
28 September 2012
Unilever has launched Magnum Luxury in tubs in the UK to capitalise on opportunities in the luxury ice cream sector.
31 July 2012
At the brand level, many leading social media campaigns fall into one of the following two categories: to support a new product launch and to assist with marketing and promotional activity.
27 April 2012
Unilever has admitted its food division in North America is "an area of focus" as parts of the business struggle amid the challenging trading conditions in the region.
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.
21 February 2012
Unilever has pledged that Magnum will be the first ice-cream brand to contain only cocoa from farms certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
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.
20 January 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 December 2011
Unilever has completed the acquisition of Finnish firm Ingman Ice Cream.
15 November 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 November 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 September 2011
Unilever is to sell mini-tubs of Carte D'Or ice cream in the UK.
4 August 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 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.
10 June 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.
9 June 2011
Swedish grocery operator Axfood today (9 June) announced that some 50 Vi Retailers' Association stores in Stockholm will join its Hemköp banner.
25 May 2011
Unilever has confirmed the French launch of a version of its Magnum hand-held ice cream that contains alcohol.
28 April 2011
Swedish retailer Axfood has welcomed Vi Retailers' Association's recommendation that its members sign individual chain agreements to join its Hemköp banner.
18 March 2011
Unilever has said it will begin selling its Magnum ice cream range in the US next month.