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Katy Askew | 5 May 2016

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream have finalised plans to combine their ice cream businesses. The new joint venture brings a number of benefits and is likely to see an increased focus behind Nestle's ice cream brands. Katy Askew reports.


Dean Best | 20 Apr 2016

Just a week after dropping its interest in Premier Foods, McCormick & Co. announced the acquisition of Australian chilled herbs firm Botanical Food Co. When the US herbs and spices giant's interest in Premier emerged, McCormick said it had a "pipeline" of targets and industry watchers expect the company to continue to look to M&A for growth.


Hannah Abdulla | 14 Apr 2016

Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unilever's list of first-quarter woes, alongside ongoing challenges in its spreads division. But on an investor call to discuss its sales for the opening months of 2016, the Flora owner highlighted innovation centred around the growing interest in health and wellness and a string of cost-saving initiatives as measures to drive its performance this year.


Ben Cooper | 6 Apr 2016

Major corporations have joined with market researchers to form Paragon Partnerships which aims create an open-access information hub to support actions addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ben Cooper examines the aims behind the Unilever-led initiative and asks where companies draw the line between sharing sustainability information for the greater good and retaining insights that might offer competitive advantage.

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

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".


Dean Best | 8 Mar 2016

Greenpeace has insisted there is "a considerable amount of work to be done" before consumer goods companies can say no deforestation takes place in their supply chains in a report critical of FMCG giants including PepsiCo.


Hannah Abdulla | 7 Mar 2016

Unilever has introduced ice-cream sandwiches under its Ben & Jerry's brand in the UK, the first "handheld" products in the range.


Hannah Abdulla | 7 Mar 2016

Unilever is targeting health-conscious consumers with the launch of its latest Solero ice cream in the UK.


Katy Askew | 2 Mar 2016

Unilever is launching a range of Chupa Chups branded ice creams under license from Perfetti van Melle. 


Hannah Abdulla | 1 Mar 2016

Unilever is reformulating its Becel margarine in Canada to be free of artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.


Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2016

Unilever has said Bayer CEO Dr. Marijn Dekkers will succeed Michael Treschow as group chairman. 


Dean Best | 12 Feb 2016

Unilever is to move around 200 IT and accounting jobs from the Netherlands to other markets and on to third parties.


Hannah Abdulla | 3 Feb 2016

Unilever has launched a dairy-free and certified vegan line of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the US.


Hannah Abdulla | 2 Feb 2016

Unilever has launched a version of its Hellmann's mayonnaise in the US that contains no eggs, creating a close competitor to fast-growing upstart Just Mayo.


Dean Best | 27 Jan 2016

Valio, the Finnish dairy group, has launched a spread containing quark in its domestic market to compete with Unilever's Becel in the "wellbeing" segment.


Dean Best | 25 Jan 2016

Unilever is launching a dairy-free version of its Flora spread in the UK, the company's latest bid to boost sales of the product in the country.


Dean Best | 22 Jan 2016

Godiva and McVitie's owner Yildiz Holdings has decided to bring its snacks brands under one unit in a bid to drive growth internationally. Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman, sounded a note of caution about trading conditions in 2016. And sugar was once again in the headlines, driving policy agendas in Europe.


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jan 2016

This week, Unilever was the first of the food majors to reports its results for 2015 - and its comments about the year ahead caught the eye. Sugar remained firmly in the headlines with Food Standards Scotland warning a sugar tax could be considered as the nation continues to face rising obesity and the European Parliament voting against a move from Brussels to allow baby foods to contain sugar far above WHO recommendations. Elsewhere, on our M&A pages, Emmi took full control of German organic milk processor Glaserne Molkerei and US private-equity firm Highlander Partners acquired invested in Polish meat firm QFG. Click on the links for more.


Katy Askew | 19 Jan 2016

Unilever booked an increase in full-year core earnings this morning (19 January) but warned trading conditions in 2016 could get even tougher. 

Latest blogs

Ben Cooper | 19 Apr 2016

In the sustainability arena, objective endorsement by a third party, particularly an NGO with credibility levels among consumers that even Unilever can only dream of, is an extremely valuable commodity.


Hannah Abdulla | 10 Mar 2016

Unilever has reached a deal that will see the company compensate 591 workers at a plant in India after a YouTube video last year alleging it of dumping toxic waste near the site went viral.

Company research

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