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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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Prolonged economic recession, increasing competition and sector-specific challenges such as seasonality confront ice cream makers in Russia. Navigating these waters can be tough. But the segment has been showing increasing dynamism and the Russian ice cream market continues to present an important growth opportunity. Andrew Burnyeat, Keith Nuthall and Eugene Vorotnikov report.


Katy Askew | 21 Jul 2016

Unilever CEO Paul Polman left investors with no illusions today (21 July): trading is tough and the company expects it to get tougher. As a result, Unilever is "working harder" to drive gains and expand its share. Here is how. 


Ben Cooper | 22 Jun 2016

The launch of the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard has been described by its founding partner as a "breakthrough" in the fight against food waste. Ben Cooper assesses how it will support both food companies’ efforts to reduce waste and public-private initiatives with the same aim.


Ben Cooper | 7 Jun 2016

The US government has announced plans to cut the country's salt intake, a move some in campaign circles have been urging for nearly 40 years. The Food and Drug Administration's voluntary targets attracted support from NGOs and parts of the industry, although, as Ben Cooper writes, the reaction was not entirely positive.

Latest Interviews

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.

Latest News

Katy Askew | 27 Sep 2016

A coalition of 40 institutional investors representing US$1.25trn in funds is urging 16 multinational food companies – including Kraft Heinz, Unilever, General Mills and Nestle – to take action on the "material risks" posed by industrial animal production. 


John Shepherd | 20 Sep 2016

Unilever has announced plans to relocate up to 100 workers from its European supply chain logistics hub in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to Rotterdam.


Katy Askew | 19 Sep 2016

Thirty additional companies, including Burton's Biscuit Co. and Dairy Crest, have joined the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in a bid to reduce the resource intensity of the UK's food sector. 


John Shepherd | 7 Sep 2016

Unilever is launching a range of dry recipe mixes under its Knorr brand in the UK.


John Shepherd | 25 Aug 2016

Unilever said it has "broadly confirmed" human error led to some of its Telma cereal products contaminated with salmonella being shipped out of a plant in Israel but stressed the company's manufacturing licence had not been suspended.


John Shepherd | 9 Aug 2016

Israel's health ministry has suspended Unilever's manufacturing licence in the country after breakfast cereal thought to be tainted with salmonella was despatched from one of the company's plants in southern Israel to supermarkets.


Dean Best | 8 Aug 2016

Simplot, the US-based agri-food group, has acquired three cooking sauce brands in Australia held under licence by UK food business Symington's from Unilever.


John Shepherd | 19 Jul 2016

Arnott's, Campbell Soup Co.'s Australia-based biscuit business, is taking Unilever to court in a legal battle that is understood to stem from an earlier deal between the two for the development of ice cream products.


Katy Askew | 11 Jul 2016

Unilever and The Smith's Snackfood Co, PepsiCo's Australian arm, have been fined AUD10,800 (US$8,146) each for using "misleading healthy food representations" on products sold in Australia to school canteens. 


Katy Askew and Dean Best | 24 Jun 2016

UK voters have spoken: Britain will leave the European Union. With the vote tally now reporting 51.9% of people back leaving commentators are turning to the future with uncertainty. What will Brexit mean for the food sector? 


Dean Best | 15 Jun 2016

Unilever has launched an organic version of its Hellmann's mayonnaise in Spain.


John Shepherd | 9 Jun 2016

India's Cremica Food Industries has raised the equivalent of US$15m from a new private equity fund to boost its presence in retail outlets across southern and western India.


Dean Best | 3 Jun 2016

Hindustan Unilever, the listed Indian arm of the consumer goods giant, has announced plans to split its foods and refreshments division in two.


Dean Best | 1 Jun 2016

Unilever is to offload Latin America soy beverage business Ades to Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola FEMSA, the soft drinks giant's Mexico-based bottler, in a deal worth US$575m.


Hannah Abdulla | 17 May 2016

Global food firms including Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kellogg and Mars Inc. have announced a new pledge to phase out industrially produced trans-fats from their foods by 2018.


Hannah Abdulla | 14 Apr 2016

Unilever has reported higher underlying sales growth for its foods and refreshments divisions in the first quarter of the year.


Hannah Abdulla | 31 Mar 2016

Unilever is launching 17 ice creams this year across five of its brands in the US, inspired by "popular flavours and favourite desserts".


Hannah Abdulla | 30 Mar 2016

Unilever is looking to sell its Calvé peanut butter through major retailers in the UK and Ireland.


Dean Best | 29 Mar 2016

Unilever is to take its mayonnaise and dressings brand Hellmann's into the UK sauces category with the launch of a range of hot and barbecue products.


Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2016

Hindustan Unilever, the Indian unit of Unilever, has struck a deal to sell its rice export business, which includes the brands Gold Seal Indus Valley and Rozana, to LT Foods Ltd. 


Dean Best | 15 Mar 2016

Food manufacturers and retailers operating in the UK - including Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Asda - have signed up to cut food and drink waste in the country by a fifth in ten years.


Dean Best | 15 Mar 2016

Unilever and PepsiCo are among the companies that have agreed to develop an online "platform" to share ways to tackle "development and sustainability challenges".

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 31 Aug 2016

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Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2016

US cereal giant Kellogg's revealed plans to open a cafe in New York City, located at a prime location on Broadway.

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