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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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Dean Best | 7 Apr 2017

Unilever announced the fruits of its business review - convened after the company brushed off interest from Kraft Heinz - yesterday (6 April). The Knorr and Magnum maker set out a measured plan, which included the wise decision to leave the spreads business. But could bolder action be on the horizon in the longer term? Dean Best reports.


Ben Cooper | 6 Apr 2017

Front-of-pack nutritional labelling has long been a subject of fierce debate within the food industry - and between food companies and public health professionals. The launch of a coalition of multinational food and beverage companies aimed at fostering a harmonised approach across Europe, Ben Cooper writes, promises more of the same.


Ravi Varghese, Ceres | 17 Mar 2017

One talking point that emerged from Kraft Heinz's approach for Unilever was the companies' approaches when it comes to corporate responsibility and sustainability. Unilever is seen as being in the vanguard of developing a sustainable business; Kraft Heinz, with its emphasis on cost control and margin improvement, less so. But how far do investors care? In a guest column, Ravi Varghese of US sustainability non-profit Ceres challenges mainstream investor thinking that sustainability is a drag on efficiency.


Ben Cooper | 16 Mar 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". Ben Cooper looks at the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (Fresh) programme, which has initially been backed by 25 companies.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 24 Apr 2017

After shedding a series of food assets – and announcing earlier this month plans to quit spreads – Unilever’s longer-term strategy for the sector is always the subject of debate within the industry. This week, however, the consumer goods giant has made what is for the business a rare move: adding to its foods division through M&A. The Hellmann’s mayonnaise owner has bought fledgling US condiments maker Sir Kensington’s. Dean Best caught up with Sir Kensington’s co-founder Scott Norton to find out more.


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.

Latest News

Dean Best | 10 Aug 2017

Magnum and Ben & Jerry's owner Unilever has moved to add to its ice cream business with a deal to buy Australian firm Weis.


Simon Harvey | 1 Aug 2017

Private-equity firms Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners are said to have approached Unilever for approval to put in a joint bid for the food giant's spreads business.


Dean Best | 1 Aug 2017

One thousand Unilever jobs in Germany are "under threat" as the FMCG giant looks to generate savings and grow profits, a local trade union has warned.


Andy Coyne | 25 Jul 2017

Reports are emerging a consortium of private-equity firms is preparing a bid for the GBP6bn (US$7.84bn) Unilever spreads division that houses the Flora margarine and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter brands.


Andy Coyne | 25 Jul 2017

Unilever-owned ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's has confirmed it is rolling out its non-dairy range to the UK.


Dean Best | 21 Jul 2017

Unilever, which in the second quarter of 2017 made two investments in food companies, is eyeing further acquisitions in the sector, CEO Paul Polman has indicated.


Dean Best | 21 Jul 2017

Unilever CEO Paul Polman, last year one of the food industry's more vocal advocates for the UK to stay in the EU, was yesterday (20 July) set to lobby London for a Brexit transition deal in its talks with Brussels.


Dean Best | 20 Jul 2017

Unilever today (20 July) reported higher first-half profits helped by sales growth the consumer goods giant said was "ahead of our markets" and by the Knorr-to-Magnum maker's efforts to control costs.


Katy Askew | 17 Jul 2017

Unilever and Hormel Foods are reportedly leading the pack in the race to acquire the food business of UK-listed FMCG group Reckitt Benckiser.


Andy Coyne | 17 Jul 2017

Unilever is hoping to tap into the ideas of Ireland's brightest young minds after tying up a joint venture deal with Dublin start-up hub Dogpatch Labs.


Andy Coyne | 14 Jul 2017

Unilever has launched a range of Breyers ice cream the company says is low in fat and which contains 20g of protein per pint.


Andy Coyne | 11 Jul 2017

Unilever-owned ice cream brand Ben & Jerry has entered the fledgling direct-to-consumer channel in the US.


Dean Best | 3 Jul 2017

Unilever today (3 July) announced the signing of a "strategic partnership" with Dutch company Zwanenberg Food Group over the consumer goods giant's meat products, soup and sauces factory in Oss, a city in the south of the Netherlands.


Ben Cooper | 30 Jun 2017

Nestle, Unilever and PepsiCo have joined with other companies and financial institutions in a venture that aims to develop a new framework to encourage and measure long-term value creation.


John Shepherd | 15 Jun 2017

US organic meal-kit delivery service Sun Basket is ramping up its management team with the appointment of Stuart Huizinga as its first CFO and Isobel Jones as first general counsel.


John Shepherd | 7 Jun 2017

Unilever is taking its Hellmann's brand into the UK mustard category for the first time.


John Shepherd | 6 Jun 2017

Unilever has lifted the lid on a new Pot Pasta product in the UK – "inspired" by its domestic Pot Noodle brand – which will launch in the country next month.


Dean Best | 2 Jun 2017

President Trump yesterday (1 June) fulfilled one of his campaign pledges by withdrawing the US from the 2015 Paris climate accord. The deal commits signatories to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5C. However, Trump believes the agreement would hit the US economy. Some of the biggest names in the food sector have hit out at the decision.


Katy Askew | 1 Jun 2017

Reckitt Benckiser is apparently targeting strategic buyers as it kicks off the sale of its food business.


Helen Arnold | 26 May 2017

Unilever has introduced a raft of new ice creams across five of its brands sold in the US, including the first non-dairy option from Breyers, made with almond milk.


John Shepherd | 16 May 2017

Food giants have joined forces to call for the "urgent adoption" of nutrient profiles in the EU to ensure nutrition and health claims made for food products are genuine.


Helen Arnold | 11 May 2017

Unilever has headed a round of investment into Sun Basket, the San-Francisco-based organic meal kit delivery service.

Latest blogs

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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