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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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In-depth: Why align with UN sustainability goals?

Over the two years since the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) were launched, increasing numbers of food companies have...

How's sustainability influencing food M&A?

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

Ben Cooper | 15 Sep 2017

A new report from US non-profit Ceres looking at how food manufacturers are addressing water risks points to improvement among some companies but finds many others to be worryingly off the pace. Ben Cooper reports.

Ben Cooper | 5 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper examines the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

Martin Deboo | 28 Apr 2017

With first-quarter results rolling in, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo argues the numbers underline the issues facing the sector's largest players.

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.

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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.

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just-food.com | 17 Nov 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.

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.

Dean Best | 6 Oct 2017

Unilever has reportedly asked private-equity bidders for its spreads business to submit offers by a deadline of 19 October.

Dean Best | 3 Oct 2017

Archer Daniels Midland has distanced itself from a report in the UK that claimed the US-based agribusiness giant was lining up an offer for Unilever's spreads business.

Andy Coyne | 3 Oct 2017

Consumer goods giant Unilever is considering the future of its Colman's Mustard production site in the UK city of Norwich.

Andy Coyne | 2 Oct 2017

Unilever announced today (2 October) that it has signed an agreement to acquire Brazilian natural and organic food business Mãe Terra.

Simon Harvey | 28 Sep 2017

Unilever plans to sell its olive oil assets in Greece as the company restructures its local product range to try to improve growth and profitability.

Dean Best | 25 Sep 2017

Unilever today (22 September) announced the sale of its spreads business in southern Africa.

Dean Best | 7 Sep 2017

Unilever has talked up the importance of its businesses in "developing channels", describing its out-of-home arm as an "asset" and indicating it plans to expand its presence in e-commerce.

Andy Coyne | 1 Sep 2017

Dutch company Zwanenberg Food Group has announced its intention to sell its fresh foods business unit, which produces sliced meats and artisan meat products, to Belgium's Ter Beke.

Andy Coyne | 31 Aug 2017

Warren Buffett has cooled talk Kraft Heinz - in which the US billionaire is the largest investor - could look to make a move to buy Mondelez International.

Andy Coyne | 24 Aug 2017

Unilever has announced a tie-up in the direct-to-consumer channel in the UK by joining forces with delivery service Quiqup to work on its Hellmann's condiments brand.

Andy Coyne | 22 Aug 2017

Technology giant IBM has announced it will be working with a consortium that includes food giants Nestle, Tyson Foods and Unilever to bring the benefit of blockchains to the food supply chain.

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.

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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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