The Vegetarian Butcher is one of Unilever's alternative protein brands. Credit: Unilever

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How Unilever is harnessing AI to create better food

By William Dodds

Chief R&D officer at Unilever’s Nutrition Business Group Carla Hilhorst tells Food Manufacture how the brand is using AI to transform the way new products are conceived.

Unilever has relaunched Pot Rice, 15 years after it was last seen in UK stores

Unilever relaunches Pot Rice range

By Gwen Ridler

Unilever’s noodle brand Pot Noodle has relaunched its Pot Rice range of instant rice snacks in response to “consumer demand”, supported by a £1m marketing campaign.

Unilever could choose the Netherlands as its main base

Unilever relocation could be UK ‘body blow’

By Michelle Perrett

Unilever potentially moving its group head office outside the UK would be a “body blow” to London’s reputation as a business centre, according to Clive Black, head of research at analyst Shore Capital.

Unilever will pull advertising from Facebook and Google is they don't work to remove toxic online content

Unilever to drop advertising on toxic online platforms

By Gwen Ridler

Marmite owner Unilever has threatened to pull advertising from online platforms such as Facebook and Google if they fail to protect children or create division in society and promote anger or hate.

Unilever will continue to modernise its portfolio

Unilever pledges to modernise food portfolio

By Michelle Perrett

Unilever has said it will continue to modernise its food portfolio through “innovations and acquisitions” after the company revealed market conditions “remained challenging” in 2017.

Unilever boss Paul Polman urged the government to review takeover rules

Unilever boss calls for takeover review

By Rick Pendrous

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman’s call for the next UK government to review the UK’s ‘overly liberal takeover rules’ in the wake of the failed £115bn bid for his company from Kraft Heinz, has found some support among food and drink finance experts.

Unilever's Food division reported a 2.1% decrease in underlying volume growth (Flickr/Sean Biehle)

Unilever ice cream brands boost overall sales

By Matt Atherton

Unilever’s ice creams and Knorr brands helped to boost food and refreshment sales by 2.2% in its first quarter results, despite sales being impacted by this year’s late Easter.

Unilever staff need job assurances after Kraft Heinz's failed merger bid (Flickr/David Martyn Hunt)

Unilever staff need job assurances after Kraft bid

By Matt Atherton

Unilever must reassure workers about their job security, urges the GMB union, after the manufacturer revealed it was reviewing its operations following the failed £115bn Kraft Heinz bid.

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman abandons its sustainability credentials at his peril, suggests one City analyst

Unilever review likely to lead to food disposals

By Rick Pendrous

Unilever’s top-to-bottom review of its business following the rejection of the £115bn bid from US Kraft Heinz earlier this week is likely to lead to the Anglo-Dutch company disposing of some of its underperforming food business, according to City analysts.

Unilever Foods reported sales and profit rises of 3.7% and 1.6% respectively, across the last three months of 2016

Unilever’s food sales and profits rise

By Matt Atherton

Unilever Foods reported a 2.6% rise in underlying profit in its full-year trading update, despite the manufacturer’s operating margin falling 0.3%.

Rick Pendrous: the Unilever/Tesco Marmite row is a sign for things to come

Marmite and Toblerone point to trouble ahead

By Rick Pendrous

The recent spat between Unilever and Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco over the Marmite brand owner’s attempt to raise its price, was a clear sign of things to come in life after the Brexit vote.

Morrisons raises price of Marmite

Morrisons raises price of Marmite by 12.5%

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons has raised the price of 92 Unilever products, including Marmite, just days after Tesco’s highly public row over Unilever’s price increase demands.

Marmite was unavailable to buy on Tesco's website during a dispute between the supermarket and Unilever

Marmite row sparks union fears for workers

By Matt Atherton

Food manufacturing workers and shoppers should not become “collateral damage” victims of the government’s “chaotic” handling of Brexit, claims the GMB and Unite unions, after Unilever and Tesco rowed over the price of Marmite and PG Tips.

Unilever’s results for the first half of this year have shown profitable growth

Unilever navigates some choppy seas

By Rick Pendrous

Unilever’s results for the first half of 2016 have shown profitable growth in what it claimed were challenging markets particularly in Europe, where underlying sales were flat and volume growth offset continued price deflation.

Speculation is rife that Unilever will sell off its food brands

Unilever food disposal rumours rise

By Rick Pendrous

Unilever’s relatively flat food business sales for the second quarter (Q2) of the year reported last month and increasing focus on high-end personal care products, will inevitably raise further speculation about its commitment to the sector and the likelihood...

Unilever's refreshment category performed well, driven by fruit and herbal teas

Unilever Q1 food sales ‘disappointing’

By Nicholas Robinson

Unilever’s poor food results in its first financial quarter (Q1) update for 2014 remained “disappointing”, affected by the late timing of Easter, but the company’s overall outlook was strong, City analysts have said.

Polman: no improvement in market conditions in North America or Europe

Unilever repels attack on job cuts

By Rod Addy

Unilever has defended itself against trades union claims its green business strategy may be sustainable for profits, but not for jobs.

Magnum Pink and Black, launched earlier this year, was one example of Unilever's focus on innovation, said Polman

Unilever targets innovations, costs, food

By Rod Addy

Unilever ceo Paul Polman outlined a three-pronged strategy for the firm’s future growth, encompassing innovations, costs and food performance in an analyst call covering first-half results.

The cold spring in the northern hemisphere threatened to put the chill on Unilever's ice cream sales

Unilever results to suffer from cold spring

By Mike Stones

The cold spring and problems in emerging markets are likely to put a chill on Unilever’s second-quarter and half-year results, predicts City analyst Investec.

Magnum sales exceeded €1bn

Emerging markets boost Unilever sales

By Rick Pendrous

Food manufacturing and consumer goods giant Unilever has demonstrated skill in navigating choppy global waters by delivering a solid performance in its fourth quarter results to December 31, with sales up by 10.5% to €51.3bn and profits up by 7% to €4.9bn.

The bitter dispute over pension changes at Unilever is now over

Unilever pension row over after Unite says ‘yes’

By Dan Colombini

The long-running pension row at consumer giant Unilever has ended after Unite overruled fellow unions GMB and the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) and accepted an improved offer from the firm.

A lack of global resources means firms will have to change their methods, according to Neath

Food manufacturers must adapt to lack of resources

By Rod Addy

Dwindling global resources will force food manufacturers to radically change the way they do business in the next few years, according to Gavin Neath, Unilever’s senior vice president of sustainability.

Unilever workers in the UK are teaming up with their colleagues from around the world in Rotterdam to protest over changes to their pensions

Unite slams Unilever ceo's 'executive greed'

By Dan Colombini

Workers at consumer goods giant Unilever are taking the row over changes to their pensions overseas after Unite the Union accused ceo Paul Polman of “executive greed” and double standards.

Unite the union, together with other trade unions have agreed to ACAS talks with Unilever

Unilever defiant as pension dispute date set

By Dan Colombini

Pot Noodle manufacturer Unilever is remaining defiant in the row over changes to its pension scheme after the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) confirmed that talks with the unions would start later this week.

Workers at the Marmite maker have already staged walkouts across the country

Unilever and unions to talk over pension row

By Dan Colombini

The row over changes to the pension scheme at Marmite manufacturer Unilever has taken a step closer to reconciliation today (February 3) after the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant agreed to resume talks with the unions.

Unilever's decision to scrap its final salary pension scheme will cut the retirement income for staff by up to 40%, according to Unite

Unilever slammed for ‘mind-blowing’ results

By Dan Colombini

The row over changes to the pension scheme at Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever is set to intensify next month after Unite the Union compared the firm’s latest set of “mind-blowing” profits with its pension policy.

Workers at the Marmite maker will demonstrate in London tomorrow over the continuing pension row

Unilever strikes inevitable as pension row continues

By Dan Colombini

Only a last minute change-of-heart from consumer giant Unilever will prevent hundreds of its workers hitting the streets of London tomorrow to demonstrate over changes to their pensions.

Unilever has strongly denied 'Scrooge' accusations after cancelling Christmas gifts and parties for strikers

Christmas cancelled for Unilever strikers

By Dan Colombini

Marmite manufacturer Unilever has been branded a “modern-day Scrooge” after its decision to cancel Christmas celebrations ahead of the first strike in the firm’s history.

Unilever workers stage pensions demo

Unilever workers stage pensions demo

By Ben Bouckley

Unite the Union says members plan to demonstrate on June 7 against food giant Unilever’s plans to scrap final salary pension schemes for 5,000 staff.


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