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Does Unilever’s Slim-Fast fail signal the end of weight management as we know it?

Fourteen years after Unilever spent $2.3bn (€1.7bn) to buy Slim-Fast, it has sold up for an undisclosed sum to a private equity player. Analyst and author Julian Mellentin tracks the...

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Unilever sells Slim Fast to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed sum

Unilever has sold its Slim Fast weight management brand to private equity firm Kainos Capital, but will retain a minority stake in the business. 

Top 20 Dairy Manufacturers - the Ups and Downs of 2013

European dairies Nestlé, Danone and Lactalis made up the podium in the latest Rabobank Dairy Top 20. Can you guess how the likes of Fonterra, Saputo, Yili and Mengniu lined up?

French agency bucks EU with plant sterol-stanol cholesterol rejection

France’s food safety agency (ANSES) has put itself at scientific odds with the EU’s central food science authority by concluding data is lacking to back plant sterols and stanols for...

EU heart health group backs sterols-stanols

Two grams of plant sterols or plant stanols per day in functional foods can help manage cholesterol for those with moderate heart disease risk and who are taking statin drugs,...

Victory for Ben & Jerry’s in three-year legal wrangle over ‘all-natural’ ice cream with alkalized cocoa

Ben & Jerry’s - which voluntarily agreed to stop using the term ‘all-natural’ on its ice cream three years ago - has scored a  legal victory in a case filed...

The Coca-Cola Company & WWF support BFA

Nestlé, Danone, Unilever, form plant-based bioplastics alliance

Nestlé has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and seven consumer firms to promote the development of bioplastics, derived from plant materials.

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Don’t act like you’re not impressed! Ben & Jerry’s launches Anchorman ice cream flavor

Ben & Jerry’s has unveiled Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch - a limited edition ice cream flavor created in honor of the world’s most famous fictional TV news anchor, Ron Burgundy....

Nestlé, Unilever rubbish Brazilian ice cream antitrust allegations

Nestlé and Unilever have rubbished allegations that they violated Brazilian competition law by preventing the exposure of rival ice cream products at retail level.

Gizeh signs first customers in North America

Gizeh has expanded into North America by setting up a production unit in Brantford, Toronto.

Unilever opens €95m ice cream factory in Turkey

Unilever has opened a new €95m ice cream factory in Turkey in order to drive local growth – as well as in the Middle East and North Africa.

Ben & Jerry's, adult film producer settle 'Ben & Cherry's' trademark lawsuit

The producer of the ‘Ben & Cherry’s’ adult DVD series has agreed to stop selling the blue movie range to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Ben & Jerry's....

Unilever attempts to shake off Cornetto’s ‘seasonal’ image through rebrand

Unilever has attempted to refresh the reputation of its iconic Cornetto ice cream brand as a 'summertime treat' in favour of a more "youthful" image, the British design company drafted in...

Oxfam thanks food industry for ‘bland’ and ‘complacent’ response to damning CSR report

Oxfam will step up its campaign to improve the treatment of people and resources that form part of the supply chain of the world’s biggest food conglomerates, after it cast...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

Unilever and FrieslandCampina expand sustainability partnership

Unilever and Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina have expanded their existing sustainability partnership with a pledge to co-operate on development and innovation while promoting sustainable production, packaging, and logistics.

Unilever UK cleared over 'misleading' ice cream website info

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed a complaint that the website for Unilever-owned Walls Ice Cream gave a misleading nutritional “impression” of its ice cream products.

Mixed progress for Unilever since 2007 - analyst

Unilever has shown mixed progress over the past five years, according to Andrew Wood, senior research analyst for food and home & personal care products at Sanford C Bernstein, based on its predictions...

Unilever open innovation platform targets sustainable packaging

Sustainable packaging has been highlighted as a key priority for Unilever as it launched an online innovation platform in a bid to uncover a raft of technical solutions to boost growth...

Unilever enters Bulgarian ice cream market with new buy

Food giant Unilever has taken its first steps into the Bulgarian ice cream market by purchasing the country’s second largest in the sector.

Unilever: “Strength of brands” combats price hikes as H1 profits rise

Food giant Unilever saw net profits grow 10% to €2.235bn in the first half of 2011, with its brand equity allowing it to weather severe raw materials price hikes in some cases.

Unilever invests in Hungarian ice cream factory

Unilever said it is investing HUF2.2bn (€8m) in its Hungarian ice cream factory in order to build a new updated cold storage space at the facility, plans which were previously...

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Unilever Q4: Sales up 5.1%; but operating margins hit by commodity price hikes

Unilever has beat analysts' expectations with a 5.1% rise in underlying sales in the fourth quarter, but said operating margins were dented by commodity price hikes.

Unilever to create “green energy” at ice cream factory

Unilever is to create “green energy” at its Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory in Holland by installing a bio-digester which converts natural waste products into gas.

Greek authorities approve Unilever ice cream buy

The Greek competition authorities have conditionally approved the purchase of a Greek ice cream brand by food giant Unilever.

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