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January 3, 2018

Halo Top ice cream arrives in UK after taking US by storm

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

By Dean Best

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

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With a portfolio of 32 flavours, Halo Top ice cream launched in the UK on 2 January with seven flavours: Sea Salt Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Flavoured, Mint Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Roll.

The ice cream, which contains 280–360 calories per tub, is available nationwide in Tesco supermarkets and will arrive in Tesco Express outlets from 16 January. Halo Top will also be available later this month from online retailer Ocado and in Whole Foods Market stores in the UK.

Founder and chief executive Justin Woolverton said of the launch: “It’s really a dream come true to introduce Halo Top to the UK. We experienced some unimaginable success last year with the support of our fans and we are thrilled at the chance to share Halo Top with UK consumers.” 

In October, Unilever reported falling underlying volumes from its refreshment division, from where it runs its ice cream and beverage interests, and admitted Halo Top had impacted its sales in North America.

“The battle with Halo Top in North America, that proposition has built a 5% share position very, very quickly,” Unilever’s chief financial office Graeme Pitkethly said in October. “It’s taken 1.5 share points from us.”

Unilever’s refreshment arm posted a 2.4% decline in underlying volumes in the three months to the end of September, while sales were up 3.1%.

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The average UK consumer is experiencing a severe cost-of living crisis as inflation surges to a forty-year high and the price of goods continues to rise. This shock is the result of the sharply increasing costs of commodities, energy, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and is threatening FMCG manufacturers, retailers, and foodservice operators’ ability to survive and grow. Inflation will have a profound effect on many consumer-facing industries in 2022 and beyond. Consult GlobalData’s new whitepaper, Inflation in the UK: The Impact of Historically High Inflation on the UK Consumer Landscape, to better understand shifts in consumer behavior and their impact on spending patterns, as well as the implications for UK businesses. This whitepaper covers:  
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  • What is the current inflation situation in the UK?
  • What impact is inflation having on UK retail sales?
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  • Which industry sectors are most vulnerable to reduced consumer demand?
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  • How long will high inflation last in the UK?
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