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What the future of food looks like for everyone


Consumers continue to look for brands that offer effective, accessible products that are also good for the society and the planet. Unilever is among the companies that are responding to the demands of the fast-paced and sustainability-conscious world and now has restructured into five distinct Business Groups: Beauty and Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Ice Cream, and Nutrition.

A female child eats while holding a spoon. In front of her is rice and a soup bowl

Kristine Go has stepped into her role as the new General Manager of Unilever's Nutrition Business for Southeast Asia. Go is a Unilever veteran with a career spanning nearly two decades across multiple markets and with winning brands and campaigns under her belt. Most recently, she was awarded as Chief Marketing Officer of the Year at the Asia Pacific Tambuli Awards 2022.

Kristine Go poses in front of a big Unilever logo mounted on a wall
Unilever veteran Kristine Go sits as GM of Nutrition Southeast Asia covering nine markets, including Philippines

Driving Nutrition's Future Foods Ambition in SEA

Unilever Nutrition Southeast Asia business serves equivalent to almost 1/10th of the world's population. This presents various opportunities to continue growing the business in the region in the categories of scratch cooking aids, dressings, and functional nutrition, and to use Unilever's scale for good.

Hanneke Faber, Kristine Go and other Nutrition leaders stand in front of a mom and pop store
Nutrition Business Group President Hanneke Faber (4th from left) joins SEA Nutrition GM Kristine Go (4th from right) in market visits across Southeast Asia, with this photo taken in a momandpop store in Indonesia.

In 2020, Unilever announced an expanded Future Foods ambition with two key objectives: help people transition towards healthier diets, and to help reduce the environmental impact of the global food chain.

With this, Unilever has committed to:

  • An annual €1 billion global sales target from plant-based meat and dairy alternatives within five to seven years.
  • Halve food waste in direct operations from factory to shelf by 2025.
  • Double the number of products that deliver positive nutrition by 2025.
  • Continue to lower calories, salt and sugar across all products.

"What we put on our plate has an impact on our health and the health of the planet, and the livelihood of thousands of farmers so as Unilever Nutrition, we are on a mission to help everyone eat for good today," shared Go.

Regenerative Agriculture in action

Unilever developed Regenerative Agriculture Principles which helps farmers throughout its supply chain regenerate their land and ensure its long-term viability and resilience, while growing ingredients for its products that are in harmony with nature.

Indonesia's beloved Bango sauce uses key ingredients like black soybean and coconut sugar. In partnership with the University of Gajah Mhada, the company developed a distinct variety of soybeans planted during the dry season, helping supplement income for 2,500 smallholder farmers. Working with the Balit Palma Institute, Unilever Indonesia helped develop a dwarf variety of coconut trees that would provide yield, high income for the community, and ultimately promote safe farming practices for both the land and the farmers.

A group of farmers seated on the ground, doing the thumbs up pose. Behind them is a dwarf coconut tree
Regenerative Agriculture in action, Unilever works with experts to develop dwarf coconut trees that would provide better yield and promote safer farming pra ctices. Coconut sugar is a key ingredient in Indonesia's beloved Bango.

In the Philippines, 'sampalok' is a key ingredient in Knorr's portfolio, so its partner landmark farms are among those that have fully and successfully integrated sustainability principles in its operations. To date, the partnership benefits over 800 smallholder sampalok farmers and their families.

A group of sampalok farmers pose under a sampalok tree, together with their sampalok harvest
Unilever has partnered with 800 smallholder sampalok farmers across the country to help promote sustainable agriculture practices while improving their livelihoods.

Through programs of regenerative agriculture, highlighting nutrient-focused foods, increasing its plant-based portfolio, combating food waste, and so much more, Unilever is striving for a future where the food system may put food on 10 billion plates while caring for the planet.

Making nutritious and delicious meals accessible in PH

On the average, Filipino families prepare 45 dishes a week. As the pandemic slowly eases, fresh home cooking remains universal and occupies most home meal occasions. Filipinos are viewing health and wellbeing holistically, and family bonding have figured highly in their priorities – the common denominator that brings these altogether is food.

Knorr and Lady's Choice are among Unilever's prized food brands in the country, nearly synonymous to Filipino family meal favorites like 'sinigang' and 'macaroni salad.'

More than being profitable brands that deliver consistent and competitive growth for the company, Unilever's nutrition brands have made strides in sustainability and are gearing to accelerate its portfolio transformation aligned with the Future Foods ambition.

Knorr was able to unlock key partnerships with the government and NGOs to help deliver social impact. The Knorr Nutri-Sarap Program educates and empowers mothers to prepare nutritious, delicious, and affordable meals for the family, delivering 50% improvement on the malnutrition rates of program participants below five years old and impacting 1.5-M individuals in Metro Manila and CALABARZON. The program is recognized as a best-in-class purpose initiative, now replicated in multiple Unilever markets, including Indonesia with its Royco Nutrimenu Program.

A child holds a Knorr Cook Book and seats on mother's lap
Working with a team of local Chefs and Nutritionists, Unilever developed 63 DOST-FNRI accredited recipes that are nutritious, delicious, and budget friendly for its Knorr NutriSarap program.

Flexitarism is a key global food trend with 23% of global consumers on a low meat diet. Through Unilever Foods Solutions, plant-based options without compromise on taste and texture are now available in the Philippines and other key markets through The Vegetarian Butcher.

World-Class Force for Good in Food

Unilever wants to be a World-Class Force for Good in Food, with top growth and financial results, and by fielding Boldly Healthier plans for people and the planet, all the way from farm to fork.

Kristine Go speaking with a micropone. Behind her are the Unilever and Nutrition Southeast Asia logos
Under her leadership, Go hopes to shape Southeast Asian food culture to one that is more delicious, nutritious, and sustainable.

"We share with our suppliers and growers a joint vision on sustainability, to help minimize negative impacts on the environment, protect biodiversity and contribute to better rural livelihoods. This is how we drive change in our food systems and how we reshape the Southeast Asian food culture to one that is more delicious, more nutritious, and more sustainable," shares Go.

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