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.
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.
The fragile recovery in developed markets could make it hard to pass on rising raw materials costs in the second half, Unilever has warned.
We’re not planning warm ice cream, Unilever says
Unilever has denied that it is actively developing ambient ice cream, following newspaper reports that such a product is part of a programme to reduce the environmental impact of its consumer goods.
Valio spreads probiotics into new category
Unilever has teamed up with Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier, Valio, to launch a probiotic spread in Germany and Sweden with “strengthening natural defences” as the central selling point.
EFSA confirms safety of Unilever GM ice protein
Low-fat ice cream made with GM yeast to ensure a creamy consistency may soon be possible in Europe following the European Food Standards Authority’s (EFSA) opinion on Unilever’s novel technology.
Reduced sodium ingredients contribute to salt effort
Efforts to reduce salt in packaged foods involve more than just
salt replacers and flavour enhancers, as suppliers contribute to
overall efforts by tweaking processes to make lower sodium
Probiotics push into UK iced lollies
Unilever has joined the growing number of manufacturers exploring
new ways of delivering probiotics by launching an iced lolly aimed
at children in the UK.
Unilever braced for restructuring benefits
Unilever posted a 5 per cent improvement in sales during the full
fiscal year, on the back of its increased focus on products with
vitality benefits, emerging markets and personal care.
Unilever targets Russia for ice cream expansion
Unilever is to extend its presence within ice cream manufacture
after announcing this week that it has agreed to acquire Russian
ice cream company Inmarko.
Unilever takes aggressive stance for growth aims
Unilever today announced it will cut
20,000 jobs, accounting for 11 per cent of its total
workforce, as part
of a new "aggressive" growth strategy
for its operations.
Unilever deal aims at added-value future
Unilever revealed yesterday it will sell a stake in some of
its margarine brands in Brazil, as it moves to extend its focus on
Unilever eyes job cuts in France
Unilever is planning to cut up to 200 jobs in France in an effort
to rebuild its business in the country.
Unilever, Provexis collaborate for healthy products
The identity of the mystery multinational with which Provexis has
been exploring new formats of its Fruitflow technology is unveiled
as Unilever; and the two companies also plan to collaborate over
new IP on related products and processes.
Unilever claims progress in Europe
Unilever crawled back to positive sales growth in Europe during
2006 with solid performances in ice cream, tea and heart health
Unilever announces major food R&D reshuffle
Unilever plans to reshape its European foods R&D organisation
in order to 'further enable differentiated innovation'.
Unilever profits slump in tough third quarter
Food manufacturer Unilever has reported a 20 per cent decrease in
third quarter pre-tax profit of 1.12bn, despite bucking the trend
in the European market.
Unilever fishing for low-fat ice cream
Unilever has developed a new genetically modified protein that it
says will serve up low-fat ice cream without compromising on taste,
as ice cream firms step up the race to please health conscious
Unilever to boost ice cream brand in Thailand
Unilever Thai Trading said last week that it would invest BT1
billion (€20.4m) in its ice cream business to reinforce its
position in Thailand.
Unilever rejigs management as core brand sales flag
Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever is set to overhaul its
management structure - a move which it claims will help restore
top-line sales growth and allow it to draw a line under what it
called an "unsatisfactory" 2004 performance,...
Emmi seals Unilever distribution deal
Emmi Logistique, the distribution division of leading Swiss dairy
company Emmi, has entered into a long-term agreement to distribute
Unilever's ice cream products across Switzerland and the
Netherlands, Tom Armitage reports.
Further cholesterol-lowering claim in Sweden
Unilever's cholesterol-lowering Becel Pro.activ milk drink has
become the fifth product to earn a product-specific health claim
under Sweden's health claims system.
Unilever ice cream freezer case continues
Unilever has appealed against last October's European Court's
decision that ordered the company to allow competitors to display
their ice cream in its freezers cabinets.
EU clears ADM purchase of Unilever unit
The European Commission on Friday approved plans by US company
Archer Daniels Midland to purchase food giant Unilever's edible oil
refining subsidiary VDBO.
Unilever chills out
Unilever is to target the chilled dairy market in a number of
European countries from September as it pushes aggressively into
sectors with significant growth potential.
Unilever makes African acquisitions
Unilever's Ola ice cream unit has acquired the Juicy Lucy and Milky
Lane retail businesses in South Africa, its first franchise
operation in Africa.
CSM acquires Unilever's Hungarian bakery ingredients business
Dutch-based international food ingredients company CSM has reached
an agreement with Unilever on the acquisition of its bakery
ingredients business in Hungary.
Unilever to invest in 'frozen' assets
Unilever is to invest heavily in its market-leading ice cream
operations, focusing on the various brands which share the same
Unilever buys out Asian partner
The joint venture between Japan's Ajinomoto and US-based Bestfoods
- part of Unilever since 2000 - is to be wound up, with the
European group buying out its partner's 50 per cent stake. Unilever
will strengthen its position...
Unilever launches ice cream chain in Spain
Anglo-Dutch consumer products group Unilever said on Thursday it
plans to open 75 Ben & Jerry's stores in Spain as a first step
to expand the ice cream maker's presence in Europe.
Unilever: success for ProActiv functional food brand
Anglo-Dutch food company Unilever this week reported faster growth
in the leading brands, strong expansion of operating margin and
strong progress for the fourth quarter of 2001.