Introduction to Unilever
160 million times a day, someone somewhere chooses a Unilever product. From feeding your family to keeping your home clean and fresh, our brands are part of everyday life.
With 400 brands spanning 14 categories of home, personal care and foods products, no other company touches so many people's lives in so many different ways.
Our brand portfolio has made us leaders in every field in which we work. It ranges from much-loved world favourites including Lipton, Knorr, Dove and Omo, to trusted local brands such as Blue Band and Suave.
From comforting soups to warm a winter's day, to sensuous soaps that make you feel fabulous, our products help people get more out of life.
We're constantly enhancing our brands to deliver more intense, rewarding product experiences. We invest nearly €1 billion every year in cutting-edge research and development, and have five laboratories around the world that explore new thinking and techniques to help develop our products.
Consumer research plays a vital role in our brands' development. We're constantly developing new products and developing tried and tested brands to meet changing tastes, lifestyles and expectations. And our strong roots in local markets also mean we can respond to consumers at a local level.
By helping improve people's diets and daily lives, we can help them keep healthier for longer, look good and give their children the best start in life.
We also believe that the very business of conducting business in a responsible way has a positive social impact. We create and share wealth, invest in local economies and develop people's skills – both inside our organisation and in the communities around us.
Today Unilever employs 163 000 people, sells products in 170 countries worldwide, and supports the jobs of many thousands of distributors, contractors and suppliers.
Health & personal care
- First launched in France in 1983, our leading male grooming brand, Axe, now gives guys the edge in the mating game in over 60 countries
- Our oral care brands Mentadent, Peposodent and Signal have teamed up with the world's largest dental federation, the FDI, which represents over 750 000 dentists around the world
- Lux became the first mass-marketed soap when it launched in 1924. Today it achieves annual global sales of over €1 billion
- Domestos is a best-selling brand in nine of the 35 countries in which it's sold
- Recent breakthroughs at Rexona include Rexona Crystal, a deodorant that eliminates unsightly white deposits on dark garments
- Our Small & Mighty concentrated liquid fits into a smaller bottle, requiring half the packaging, water and lorries to transport it, making it kinder on the environment
Hindustan Unilever in India has launched a hand-wash product, Surf Excel Quick Wash, with a low foaming formulation, reducing the amount of water needed for rinsing by up to two buckets per wash.
- Knorr is our biggest food brand with a strong presence in over 80 countries and a product range including soups, sauces, bouillons, noodles and complete meals
- Lipton's tea-based drinks include the international Lipton Iced Tea range, the Lipton range in North America and Lipton Yellow Label, the world's favourite tea brand
- Becel/Flora pro.activ products have been recognised as the most significant advancement in the dietary management of cholesterol in 40 years
- In the mid-1990s we led the industry with our programme to eliminate almost all trans fat from our margarine
- We're the world's largest ice cream manufacturer, thanks to the success of our Heartbrand which includes Magnum, Cornetto, Carte d'Or and Solero, and Ben & Jerry's and Breyers in the US.