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Unilever hopes for chunk of growing frozen yoghurt sales in UKUK: Unilever launches ice cream NPD offensive

18 February 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.

The just-food interview - Unilever CEO Paul Polman, part one

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.

UK: Unilever targets in-home sales with Magnum NPD

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.

Navigating Brazil's slowdown: FMCG giants adapt to cooling economy

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.

Navigating Brazil's slowdown: Growth prospects for Brazil remain strong

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.

Navigating Brazil's slowdown: Quote, unquote: FMCG giants upbeat about long-term 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.

Deal or no deal: Unilever's Peperami draws buyer speculation

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.

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

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.

UK: Kinnerton, Unilever launch branded chocolates

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.

Best bits: Hormel broadens portfolio with Skippy buy

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.

Focus: Unilever's sale of Skippy

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.

The just-food review of 2012: industry makes progress on CSR

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.

SPAIN: Unilever expands premium Carte d'Or offering

1 October 2012

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

UK: Unilever targets stay-at-home consumers with Magnum Luxury tubs

28 September 2012

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

Social media: from NPD to CSR, brand-owners look to harness networks

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.

On the money: Unilever admits food "area of focus" in North America

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.

UK: Food volumes grow at Unilever in Q1

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.

UK: Unilever makes Magnum Rainforest Alliance commitment

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.

In the spotlight - Question marks over Unilever's food unit return

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.

just-food's research round-up

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.

UK/FINLAND: Unilever completes Finnish ice cream deal

22 December 2011

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

UK: Unilever likely to sell staple food brands - Fitch

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.

UK: Unilever food volumes slide in Q3

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.

UK: Unilever launches Carte D'Or mini-tubs

5 September 2011

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

UK/NETHERLANDS: Shares rise as Unilever soothes margin fears

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.

UK: Analysts speculate over future of Unilever's food operations

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.

SPAIN: La Caixa, FIAB establish agro-food fund

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.

SWEDEN: Axfood Hemköp banner to grow

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.

FRANCE: Unilever launches alcoholic Magnum

25 May 2011

Unilever has confirmed the French launch of a version of its Magnum hand-held ice cream that contains alcohol.

SWEDEN: Vi Retailers set to join Axfood banner

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.

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