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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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It won't just be Unilever to push for Brexit hikes

There will be more requests on retailers to move on price. Not every supplier will be successful. And for those that are not, it may serve a...

How to implement a zero-based budgeting strategy

The process of zero-based budgeting removes the budget's baseline and requires every cost to be justified. In contrast to other budgeting te...

Katy Askew | 10 Oct 2016

Zero-based budgeting is essentially a cost-control mechanism. By re-setting each line of the budget at zero, it focuses attention on expenses and challenges existing costs. There are, however, contradictory views about whether the adoption of this method is supportive of revenue growth while its risks and limitations mean that it is not necessarily a good fit for everyone. Katy Askew reports. 

Katy Askew | 6 Oct 2016

Zero-based budgeting is not a new concept. It was developed around five decades ago by Peter Pyhrr, an account manager at semiconductor firm Texas Instruments. After being taken up by US president Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, the method fell into obscurity. Recent years have seen it experience a revival in the food industry. In this series of articles, just-food examines zero-based budgeting and asks if it is a miracle diet for packaged food companies seeking a shapelier margin profile.

Ben Cooper | 22 Sep 2016

Initiatives aimed at involving employees in sustainability aims are now commonplace in progressive food companies, and for good reason. Ben Cooper examines employee engagement in the food industry and explains how food manufacturers are reaping the multiple benefits of enthusing employees around food sustainability objectives.

Ben Cooper | 22 Sep 2016

Sustainability concerns pervade every aspect of a food company’s operations so opportunities and approaches to engage employees in sustainability are immensely varied. Here, just-food looks at the different ways six global food manufacturers seek to engage their workforce in their sustainability aims.

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 | 14 Oct 2016

Unilever and Tesco have reached an agreement that will see the consumer goods giant resume deliveries of brands such as Marmite, Magnum and Knorr. 

Katy Askew | 13 Oct 2016

Tesco and Unilever have locked horns as the UK's largest retailer resists the consumer packaged goods giant's attempt to hike prices in the wake of Brexit. 

Katy Askew | 13 Oct 2016

Unilever's underlying sales growth was supported by pricing in the third quarter, a period which saw volumes decrease slightly. 

Dean Best | 10 Oct 2016

Unilever is reportedly working on plans for a food plant in Egypt.

Dean Best | 6 Oct 2016

Unilever said today (6 October) it had decided to set up a new global food research and development centre in the Netherlands in order to "deliver disruptive innovation".

Dean Best | 6 Oct 2016

Unilever is to move its research and development into food, operations that are located across three sites in Europe, into a new facility in the Netherlands.

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.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 31 Aug 2016

Amazon Dash, the service that allows consumers to re-order products at home through the retail giant at the touch of a button, has been launched in three European markets.

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.

Company research

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HINDUNILVR) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HINDUNILVR) - Financial and Stra

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), a subsidiary of Unilever Plc, is a fast-moving consumer goods company....

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