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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Less than three days was all it took for Kraft-Heinz's GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover approach to Unilever to become public, be rejected and subsequently be taken off the table. The attempt is likely to have some significant and far-reaching consequences for Unilever. Here, just-food takes a look at the impact the episode could have on the Dove-to-Knorr manufacturer.
Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today – not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G Capital-owned US group with the European food-to-personal care company. just-food asks whether the takeover offer should be taken at face value.
Co-manufacturing is a common way of doing business in the US food sector but the practice is less prevalent in Europe. In his debut column for just-food, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo wonders whether interest in co-manufacturing will start to grow among Europe's food majors.
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.
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.
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.
Food giant Unilever has joined a Dutch government-backed research project in the Netherlands aimed at creating a "new generation" of meat substitute products.
Unilever is reportedly preparing a GBP6bn (US$7.5bn) sale of its spreads business, which manufactures margarine under the Flora and Stork brands.
Unilever is reportedly mulling whether to implement more aggressive cost cuts, look for larger-scale M&A and return cash to shareholders as part of a review of its business instigated in the wake of Kraft Heinz's failed pursuit of the business.
Unilever, which last month rebuffed a proposed takeover offer from Kraft Heinz, wants UK takeover regulations to provide "a level playing field" for what it calls "national champions".
One of the six food and beverage heavyweights aiming for the introduction of "harmonised" nutrition labels across the EU has said the companies would want to "integrate" information on portion sizes into the labels already used on packaging in the UK.
Nestle, Unilever and PepsiCo are among the food companies that are to work on devising colour-coded nutrition labels to put on products on sale in the EU.
Antitrust authorities in South Africa have said there is no further action to be taken against fats and oil supplier Sime Darby, over its activities involving alleged collusion with Unilever in the manufacture and supply of edible oils and margarine.
Commenting on topics as diverse as sugar reduction, job cuts and M&A, here is a summary of the food industry's week in its own words.
Unilever is facing a fine in South Africa for alleged collusion in the manufacture and supply of edible oils and margarine to wholesale and retail customers in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kraft Heinz has pulled its GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover bid for consumer goods giant Unilever.
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.
Unilever is rolling out a line of vegan Breyers ice cream products in the US.
Unilever is to invest in a plant in the US making Ben & Jerry's ice cream, pointing to increasing sales.
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.
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.
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.
Products marketed by Nestle and Unilever have reportedly been among those being copied by manufacturers in China making fake sauces and flavourings.
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".
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.
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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