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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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Victor Martino | 2 Jan 2018

Operating in the US food market? If you thought 2017 was a heady mix of challenge and opportunity, wait for 2018, writes just-food's US columnist Victor Martino, who gives you six mega-trends your business must embrace to thrive over the next 12 months.


Andy Coyne | 21 Dec 2017

Analysts have been trying to predict what private-equity firm KKR is likely to do with its new asset - the former Unilever spreads division. Andy Coyne picks through their musings.


Andy Coyne | 15 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2017.


Ben Cooper | 6 Oct 2017

Ben Cooper looks at how sustainability considerations are influencing food industry mergers and acquisitions.

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

Andy Coyne | 4 Jan 2018

Unilever has confirmed that its Colman's mustard factory in Norwich is to close before the end of next year with production being transferred to another UK site and to Germany.


Simon Harvey | 3 Jan 2018

Halo Top ice cream from the US debuts in the UK this week, presenting competition to Unilever in another market.


just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Dean Best | 21 Dec 2017

The news stories that got you clicking over the last 12 months.


Dean Best | 21 Dec 2017

Our most popular analysis featured Nestle's new CEO, Unilever post-Kraft Heinz's interest and Kellogg shaking up its US distribution, as well as deep dives into subjects including Generation Z, blockchain and, top of the shop, the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Dean Best | 20 Dec 2017

From Big Food needing to think radically to improve performance to Kraft Heinz's move for Unilever and the trends to watch in 2018, our columnists got you clicking over the last 12 months.


Andy Coyne | 18 Dec 2017

Unilever has told staff at its under-threat Colman's mustard facility in the UK it will be announcing the outcome of the review into the site's future in the new year.


Dean Best | 15 Dec 2017

Unilever has accepted an offer for its spreads arm from private-equity firm KKR.


Dean Best | 14 Dec 2017

Unilever plans to set up a joint venture in Iran to make and market food in the country.


Simon Harvey | 7 Dec 2017

Italy's competition authority has fined Unilever more than EUR60m (US$70.8m) for what it said was an abuse of the company's dominant position in the country's ice-cream market.


Dean Best | 7 Dec 2017

US-based investment fund Platinum Equity is reportedly interested in buying a chunk of Unilever's spreads business, with the deadline for the bids for the division said to be next week.


Simon Harvey | 28 Nov 2017

Unilever said its review of the "dual-headed legal structure'' that could see the Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods giant consolidate its headquarters in either the UK or the Netherlands is "progressing well''.


Simon Harvey | 24 Nov 2017

Unilever is said to have started the process to find a successor to chief executive Paul Polman who is gearing up for retirement from the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant.


Simon Harvey | 14 Nov 2017

Unilever and PepsiCo are among 150 signatories to have signed up to a move to ban oxo-degradable plastics used in packaging.


Andy Coyne | 9 Nov 2017

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has had a complaint over a South African competition investigation upheld.


Dean Best | 3 Nov 2017

Unilever has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of four suitors interested in buying some or all of its remaining spreads assets.


Dean Best | 1 Nov 2017

Unilever has warned the cost of production at its Streets ice-cream factory in the Sydney suburb of Minto is "not sustainable" as the FMCG giant battles with local union officials to change employment conditions at the site.


Andy Coyne | 25 Oct 2017

The number of private-equity firms remaining in contention to acquire Unilever's spreads division has reportedly narrowed to three.


Dean Best | 20 Oct 2017

Unilever, the world's largest ice-cream maker, has admitted the entry of fledgling US brand Halo Top has hit its business in the country.


Simon Harvey | 18 Oct 2017

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero is teaming up with consumer goods giant Unilever in a new range of ice cream through the Kinder brand to be launched in select European countries in 2018.


Simon Harvey | 11 Oct 2017

Consumer goods giant Unilever is said to be planning to shift more than a 100 UK jobs to the Netherlands as part of a move to create a new global headquarters for brands such as PG Tips and Magnum ice cream.


Andy Coyne | 10 Oct 2017

Unilever ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's has said it will no longer use ingredients based on glyphosate-dried crops after traces of the herbicide - typically used as weedkiller - were found in its ice cream.

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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