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Unilever is an international consumer goods company. Founded by Lever Brothers and dutch company Margarine Unie in the 1920s, Unilever is a public company, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam and London Stock Exchanges as UNA and ULVR respectively. The head offices for Unilever are located in Rotterdam, Netherlands and in London, England.

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Katy Askew | 26 Jan 2017

Unilever delivered sluggish sales but stronger-than-expected margins when it reported its full-year results today (26 January). The company's revenue was buffeted by issues like demonetisation in India and economic crisis in Brazil during the tail-end of 2016. While management believes such headwinds will lead to a slower start to 2017 - an outlook that hit Unilever's shares today - the group does expect things to pick up as the year progresses. just-food take a look at Unilever's strategy for growth this year.


Raghavendra Verma | 14 Dec 2016

Last month, India pulled from circulation INR500 and INR1,000 banknotes, in a bid, the country's government said, to clamp down on counterfeiting, corruption, drug use and smuggling. The demonetisation move has proved controversial and has affected consumer spending, with smaller traders facing pressure, although many of the largest food companies operating in India believe it will benefit the country's economy. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.


Dean Best | 1 Dec 2016

Unilever this week held its annual investor day in Port Sunlight, the village built in the 1880s by one of the companies that were the forerunners of the consumer goods giant and now home to the research and development arm of the group's home and personal care business. However, Unilever's management used the occasion to give an update on the company as a whole, including on its plan to drive improvements in its profitability and on where it sees growth from food. Dean Best reports.


Katy Askew | 9 Nov 2016

Republican Donald Trump has beaten front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race to become the forty-fifth President of the United States of America. His eleventh-hour election success defied the pollsters as first the key swing state of Florida fell, followed by North Carolina, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania. With big business largely backing Clinton, pundits are framing Trump's win as further evidence of disillusionment with the so-called political and business classes. just-food examines the implications of the election result for the global food sector. 

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Dean Best | 11 Feb 2015

In the second section of a two-part interview, R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi speaks to Dean Best about how the UK-based company is navigating the challenges in its domestic - and still largest - market.


Dean Best | 9 Feb 2015

R&R Ice Cream is the second-largest ice cream manufacturer in Europe by sales, behind only Unilever. But the UK-based business's CEO, Ibrahim Najafi, promoted to the top job at the company 18 months ago, has his sights on expansion further afield.

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Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2017

Unilever has declined to comment on a report suggesting the company is considering splitting in two, spinning off its food business – including brands like Knorr and Hellmann's – from its home and personal care units.


Dean Best | 27 Feb 2017

Warren Buffett has said Kraft Heinz has not prepared "a back-up deal" in the wake of Unilever rejecting the US group's proposed takeover offer.


Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2017

Unilever rejected the GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover approach from Kraft Heinz because the US group's proposed offer did not value the Knorr maker highly enough, the CFO of the UK-based consumer goods giant CFO has argued.


Katy Askew | 22 Feb 2017

European consumer goods giant Unilever has announced it is launching a review of its operations in order to "accelerate" the value it can give to its shareholders. 


Katy Askew | 20 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has pulled its GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover bid for consumer goods giant Unilever. 


Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has indicated it is still working towards a merger with Unilever after revealing today (17 February) the European consumer goods giant had turned down an initial approach. 


Dean Best | 14 Feb 2017

Unilever is rolling out a line of vegan Breyers ice cream products in the US.


Dean Best | 9 Feb 2017

Unilever is to invest in a plant in the US making Ben & Jerry's ice cream, pointing to increasing sales.


Dean Best | 9 Feb 2017

Unilever is rolling out a line of Magnum ice cream sold in tubs in the UK, five years after its first attempt at selling the hand-held brand in the format.


Katy Askew | 26 Jan 2017

Unilever has indicated it will focus on margin acceleration in the coming year as it delivered lower sales but higher earnings against a backdrop of "severe economic disruptions" in 2016. 


John Shepherd | 26 Jan 2017

Unilever has signed a three-year "produce and protect" agreement with regional authorities in Indonesia to support a jurisdictional approach for sourcing sustainable palm oil at village level. 


Dean Best | 20 Jan 2017

Products marketed by Nestle and Unilever have reportedly been among those being copied by manufacturers in China making fake sauces and flavourings.


John Shepherd | 20 Jan 2017

Unilever is rebranding its I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread in the UK in a move to "drive awareness of the product's versatility".


John Shepherd | 19 Jan 2017

Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies to have signed up to a global initiative aimed at improving food sourcing, reducing waste and supporting "adjustments" in food production methods to promote "healthy and sustainable diets".


Dean Best | 16 Jan 2017

Unilever has set a goal of having all its plastic packaging "fully reusable, recyclable or compostable" by 2025.


EurActiv | 21 Dec 2016

Unilever, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Delta decided to withdraw some of their products from supermarkets in Athens after threats of contamination were posted on a Greek website.


Dean Best | 1 Dec 2016

Unilever is focused on preserving the value of its Flora-to-Becel spreads unit and investing the cash from the under-pressure division into other parts of its operations - but will continue to look at options for the business were sales to remain in decline.


Dean Best | 30 Nov 2016

Unilever today (30 November) outlined a new target for operating margin, in part driven by plans to widen the company's use of zero-based budgeting.


John Shepherd | 30 Nov 2016

Wilmar International, the agribusiness accused by Amnesty International of running Indonesian palm oil plantations that contribute to child labour and human rights abuses, has called for collaboration to achieve a "labour transformation" across the global palm oil industry.


John Shepherd | 30 Nov 2016

Nestle, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies that are contributing to child labour and human rights abuses, Amnesty International has claimed in a report published today (30 November).


Dean Best | 18 Nov 2016

Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Danone chief executive Emmanuel Faber are among a clutch of senior industry executives to reiterate their support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, amid fears President-elect Donald Trump may look to remove the US from the deal.


John Shepherd | 18 Nov 2016

Fifteen companies have been named as members of the "inaugural class" of US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions – a national campaign to recognise US businesses and organisations pledging concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations by 50% by 2030.

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Dean Best | 5 Jan 2017

Unilever, one of the consumer goods companies seen in the vanguard of sustainable business, has issued data it claims shows the issue is a bigger driver of shopper behaviour in emerging markets than in the developed world.


Katy Askew | 28 Oct 2016

UK consumers are being urged to think of other ways to use their jack-o-lanterns and cut the millions of tonnes of pumpkin that is wasted at this time of year.

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