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Unilever to acquire TAZO® brand from Starbucks


Under the asset purchase agreement, Unilever will acquire the TAZO® brand and all related intellectual property, signature recipes and inventory for US$384 million. The transaction represents a multiple of 10 times pro forma EBIT. TAZO® had sales of US$112.5 million over the past year*. Founded in 1994, TAZO® has a strong position in Specialty Black, Green and Herbal teas, as well as liquid concentrates focused in the Chai Latte segment. The fast-growing specialty tea segment makes up 48% of the total US$1.6 billion (FY 2016) at-home tea cat... Read More »

Unilever to acquire Mãe Terra


Mãe Terra is a fast-growing and well-loved brand in Brazil, providing health-conscious consumers with organic and nutritious food products since it was set up in 1979. The company’s vision is to democratise natural and organic food by taking care of people and planet. Mãe Terra operates in several categories with a portfolio that includes organic cereals, cookies, snacks and culinary products. The main Mãe Terra categories represent a Brazilian market worth more than €8 billion (Euromonitor).Growing at over 30% per year, Mãe Terra has a strong ... Read More »

Launch of Unstereotype Alliance set to eradicate outdated stereotypes in advertising


Recognising the power of partnerships to accelerate progress, this industry-led initiative will unite leaders across business, technology and creative industries to tackle the widespread prevalence of stereotypes that are often perpetuated through advertising. The Unstereotype Alliance has been embraced by businesses and organisations who have been champions of addressing gender bias in the industry. Members include ANA, AT&T, Alibaba, Cannes Lions, Diageo, facebook, Geena Davis Institute, Google, IPG, IPA, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, M... Read More »

Unilever, Symrise and GIZ join forces with Save the Children to support vanilla farming communities in Madagascar


The three-year initiative will aim to address some of the complex social and economic issues that trap people working in the vanilla supply chain and their families in a cycle of poverty from generation to generation. It will provide direct support to farmers, as well as the wider community, to improve their livelihoods, build more inclusive communities, and provide better opportunities for their children. The programme plans to reach 50,000 people in 10,000 households, across 70 villages. An estimated 70% of people in these communities live... Read More »

Unilever to acquire Seventh Generation, Inc


Based in Vermont, Seventh Generation is a pioneer in corporate responsibility and sustainable product innovations, including plant-based detergents and household cleaners. The company’s turnover exceeded US $200m in 2015 and it has seen double digit compounded annual growth over the last 10 years. Seventh Generation has a comprehensive product portfolio and a distribution network covering the ‘natural’ category in grocery, mass merchandise and e-commerce channels. Nitin Paranjpe, President of Unilever’s Home Care business said: “Seventh G... Read More »

Unilever named as an industry leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Index


Unilever achieved an overall score of 92 out of a possible 100. Unilever led the industry in 14 out of the 22 Personal Products criteria, including: Corporate Governance; Brand Management; Materiality; Supply Chain Management; Packaging; Labour Practices Indicators & Human Rights; and Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy. 2016 is the first year Unilever has been included in Household and Personal Products as this is where Unilever now sits in MSCI and S&P’s Global Industry Classification Standard. Previously Unilever was in th... Read More »

Unilever to acquire Blueair


Launched in 1996 in Stockholm, Blueair had a turnover of US$106m in 2015 and is a leading player in the premium category of air purifiers in markets like China, US, Japan, South Korea and India. This significant venture in air purification will further complement Unilever's existing water purification business. Nitin Paranjpe, President of Unilever’s Home Care business said: “We are delighted to be adding Blueair to our Home Care portfolio.The Blueair brand and products are widely known and represent exceptional quality and design, as well a... Read More »

Unilever responds to the RSPO decision to lift suspension of the IOI Group


24 June 2016 update Following the suspension of IOI from the RSPO, Unilever now has successfully moved 90% of its volume of palm oil products previously sourced from IOI to alternate suppliers of traceable and certified sustainable palm oil. We are actively looking for solutions for the remaining 10% of our palm volume with IOI as we want to ensure we are able to fully maintain the level of traceable and certified sustainable palm oil used in our products. Due to the complexity of some of our palm oil products it is challenging to find suit... Read More »

Unilever prices $1.25bn bond on the U.S. market


This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained by calling Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC at 1-866-718-1649, Goldman, Sachs & Co. at 1-866-471-2526, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at 1-212-834-4533 or Mizuho Securities USA Inc. at 1-866-271-7403. An electronic copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement, together with the prospectus, is also available on the SEC’s website, This press releas... Read More »

Unilever announced its results for the first half of 2016, which show that the company is growing consistently and profitably despite a challenging environment


Commenting on the results, CEO Paul Polman, says: “Our first-half results further demonstrate the progress we have made in the transformation of Unilever to deliver consistent, competitive, profitable and responsible growth. Despite a challenging environment with slower global economic growth and intensifying geopolitical instability, we have again grown profitably and ahead of our markets driven by strong innovations. “This consistency of performance, achieved during a period of high volatility and accelerating change, shows that our long-t... Read More »

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