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Analysis: six reasons major brands are under pressure
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Global brands are increasingly struggling to ward off smaller, local companies. Some even believe the brands’ golden age has passed. That may be presumptuous, but there are some noticeable trends.

Coca-Cola is strongest global brand, but local brands are on the rise
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Coca-Cola, Colgate and Maggi are the most popular FMCG brands worldwide, according to a Kantar Worldpanel report. Local brands are stealing market share however.

Shareholders ‘not amused’ by Unilever CEO's wage increase

One in three British Unilever shareholders voted against the company’s proposed remuneration plan. Investors in the Dutch part of the (currently) British-Dutch company will vote on the plan as well.

Becel is now (partially) Belgian
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The Belgian Frère family is now also part of Flora Food Group (FFG), Unilever’s former margarine division, now sold to American KKR. The GBL holding will invest 250 million euro and obtain a 3.7 % stake.

Weak dollar has negative impact on Unilever
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Unilever has seen its first quarter turnover drop more than 5 % because of negative exchange rate fluctuations. Excluding that impact, the food and care product manufacturer’s turnover would have grown 3.4 %.

"All Nestlé packaging will be recyclable by 2025"
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Nestlé is the latest food company to announce its intent to reduce plastic waste by making its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Greenpeace is skeptical and would rather see the food giant completely renounce single-use plastic packaging.

Unilever chooses Rotterdam

The long-standing rumour has now been confirmed: Unilever will have its main office in Rotterdam, rather than London. The food and detergent giant’s board has made the call after nearly a year of debate.

“Meat industry ready for disruption”
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Consumers are ready, the technology is rapidly advancing and investors see the potential: meat replacement turnover will reach 4.2 billion euro worldwide by 2020. The major multinationals are now also on board.

Paul Polman remains a member of the board at Unilever

Unilever may be looking for a successor to Paul Polman as CEO of the company, this does not mean that he will leave the British-Dutch company completely. Polman is still a candidate for the board of directors.

"Not a major surprise" if Unilever were to choose Rotterdam

The Financial Times believes Rotterdam is in pole position to become the British-Dutch Unilever’s new main office, rather than London. The business paper claims the information comes from political insiders.

Unilever warns online media: we can no longer advertize like this

Unilever has threatened to pull its advertising budget from online media channels that lack transparency and create discord according to marketing director Keith Weed’s statements at the IAB advertisers’ congress.

Unilever surpasses 50 billion euro in turnover without margarine division

Unilever has surpassed the 50 billion euro turnover mark, even without its margarine division. The British-Dutch food and personal care giant experienced growth, particularly with its brands Dove and Knorr.

Unilever will cut jobs at Belgian retail sales team

Unilever Belgium will restructure its team of store representatives and cut eleven jobs. The company confirmed that to RetailDetail.

Will Unilever acquire tonic brand Fever-Tree?
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Tonic brand Fever-Tree appointed a new director, Kevin Havelock. Considering he leads Unilever’s sodas division, there is speculation that Unilever may acquire Fevertree Drinks and that has boosted its share.

Private equity firm KKR close to Unilever's margarine division
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Unilever and private equity firm KKR have reached a deal surrounding the former’s margarine division. KKR will apparently pay 6.8 billion euro; the transaction should be finalized mid-2018.

Unilever postpones decision on unified main office

Unilever previously said it no longer wants to operate two main offices, spread across the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but the decision about which one will prevail has been postponed.

Unilever launches search for CEO Paul Polman's successor

Unilever has started its search for CEO Paul Polman’s successor. It enlisted headhunter Egon Zehnder, which will now search for possible candidates.

Manufacturers sell directly to consumer through new digital platform

A number of major manufacturers, including Mars, Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser has joined a new British digital platform that will enable them to sell directly to the consumer. 

Head of eCommerce at Ahold Delhaize heads to Unilever
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Hanneke Faber, head of eCommerce and innovation at Ahold Delhaize, will leave the company at the end of the year. Her new employer is Unilever, where she will lead the European division.