Unilever has moved into the organic foods market with the purchase of a majority shareholding in Scottish organic food company Go Organic Ltd.
Unilever Bestfoods UK, formed by the merger of Van den Bergh Foods Ltd and Bestfoods UK Ltd., will hold a 90% share in Go Organic. Founders Charlotte Mitchell, former Chair of the Soil Association and nutritionist Sheila Ross, will meanwhile retain the remaining 10%. The business will continue to be run from Edinburgh
Go Organic markets a range of organic foods including pasta sauces, soups and curries. Its products are currently available in Organic and Natural food shops as well as Waitrose and some Sainsburys.
Gavin Neath, Chairman of Unilever Bestfoods UK said: “We are committed to offering our consumers a wider choice of products and this deal means we can now offer a variety of products in the fast growing organic sector. We are truly excited to be working together with acknowledged experts in this field.”