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|Unilever forms partnership with the European Vegetarian Union
By ISN Editorial on 26/11/2016Comments Off on Unilever forms partnership with the European Vegetarian Union
Unilever forms partnership with the European Vegetarian Union
Unilever has established a pioneering partnership with the European Vegetarian Union (EVU) which will see around 500 products printed with the EVU’s well-known V-label on pack. This is the first time such a large collection of brands will be covered by the EVU’s scheme.
Catering for the rising trend in flexitarian and vegetarian eating, the partnership will enable the company to offer its consumers a trusted, European-wide vegetarian standard for its food brands. The uniform labelling means it will be easier and quicker for consumers across the continent to identify which of their much loved Unilever brands are suitable for plant-based diets.
In the UK, household brands such as Hellmann’s, Flora and Knorr will see the EVU’s V-label printed on packs, showcasing these brands as suitable for vegetarians. In fact, Flora, has been tapping into the growing demand for plant-based eating with its ‘Powered by Plants’ initiative since the start of this year. Aimed at educating families on where their food comes from, the initiative recently published research which revealed that 35 per cent of Brits identify themselves as being ‘semi-vegetarian’. This group is predicted to grow by 10 per cent this year1 indicating a clear shift in the nation’s dietary tastes.
Andre Burger, VP Foods, Unilever UK and Ireland said: “Opting for a flexitarian diet is no longer a niche trend but one which has immense mainstream appeal. That’s why through our partnership with the EVU, we want to make it easier for our vegetarian and flexitarian consumers to identify which of our products meet their dietary needs and to encourage more informed and healthier eating choices.”
EVU spokesman, Floris de Graad, says: “This is a landmark moment for the EVU because it is the first time we have been able to partner with a company that intends to bring so many of its products under the V-Label scheme. It is also great news for anyone wanting to reduce the amount of meat in their diet. Now, they simply need to look for our V-label on Unilever’s packaging and they can trust that every product featuring it meets the EVU’s strict definition of vegetarian food.”
By the end of 2017, around 500 of Unilever’s food products will be clearly labelled on-pack with the EVU’s ‘V’ Label. This will support the company’s wider sustainability ambitions as captured in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Specifically, the partnership will contribute towards the company’s ongoing commitment to improve the health and well-being of its consumers and the nutritional quality of its products.
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the grumpy old men
|Strengthening pound will cut raw material and packaging costs for Unilever|
|Unilever didn't own Sanex until later that 2006. All down to previous owner and I'm sure they would claim money back.|
|Isn't the current fall rather overdone? The fine will be shared by mega-companies who can always conspire again (or not) and bung up the prices. If they do conspire they might be a bit more clever at it second time round. If they don't conspire they can still bung up the prices.|
|And increased exports - most of which btw go to places other than Europe (which Angela will be delighted about)|
|No point overreacting.
Most who have knowledge of the supermarket supply chain says tesco are the nastiest people to negotiate with. Many small business and farmers in the UK have been hurt by Tesco's 'negotiating' practices. At the end of the day this isn't about Tesco standing up for UK consumers it is the beginning of the UK consumer realising what they have done to themselves through Brexit. Im not judging at all by the way - but a simple function of the weaker pound for a consumer economy will be higher prices for everything from marmite to fuel.|
|Bang on xxxxy - no more Marmite or Hellmans in our household from now|
|Unilever has left an unpleasant taste in the mouth. The people now know where they come from. Well done Tesco! Tesco - heroes!|
|Steady on, xxy. Sterling's drop due to Brexit does have real-world costs. Don't be misguided by the Daily Mail's provincialism; its xenophobia and jingoism extends to "Johnny-foreigner" corporations too.|
|Go on Unilever - shove off!
|Time to stop buying Unilever stuff. Shown their culture of rapacious profiteering. No social consciousness for their customers. And without customers they cease. Their products are largely superfluous anyway.|
|You think they're the ones that are worried !!!!|
|Tesco have been screwing suppliers and small farmers for years now they are getting a taste of their own medicine......|
|Hold firm Tesco|
|RogerThe Hindenberg disaster was caused by the USA denying Helium to a German owned airship designed solely to work on Helium. They took a chance on reverting to Hydrogen. The rest is history.|
|P&G - yes they are selling a business to another listed company and have allowed shareholders to covert p&G stock into the stock of the other company|
|Why now is the perfect time to buy these 3 super income stocks
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By Peter Stephens - Monday, 8 August, 2016 | More on: AZNSSEULVR
With interest rates cut to 0.25%, dividends are likely to become increasingly important for vast swathes of investors. It would therefore be of little surprise for higher yielding shares to see their prices increase. Greater demand from investors can lead to a compression in their yields and as such, now could be a great time to buy these three income stocks, not only for their yields, but also for their capital gain potential.
SSE’s (LSE: SSE) yield of 5.8% is among the highest in the FTSE 100 and dividend growth is very much on the horizon. SSE is forecast to increase dividends per share by 2.3% next year and its goal remains to deliver a rise in shareholder payouts that at least matches inflation over the medium term.
While inflation is near zero, this may not hold a great deal of appeal to investors. But with sterling weakening and likely to weaken further, inflation could rise as import costs increase. In this scenario SSE’s growing dividend could be a major ally.
SSE also offers good value for money. It trades on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 13.2, which indicates that there’s upward rerating potential on offer at a time when a number of utility companies have P/E ratios of over 20.
Although Unilever’s (LSE: ULVR) yield of 2.9% is lower than the FTSE 100’s yield of 3.6%, it nevertheless has huge potential as an income stock. That’s because its payout ratio stands at around two-thirds of profit, which indicates that there’s scope for Unilever to raise dividends at a faster rate than profit growth over the medium-to-long term. Certainly, it needs to invest heavily in marketing and potentially in acquisitions, but its relative stability and resilient business model mean that a greater proportion of profit could realistically be paid out to its shareholders in the form of dividends.
Furthermore, Unilever has strong growth potential in emerging markets. Around 60% of its sales are generated from the developing world and with 75% of Chinese urban dwellers expected to earn between $9,000 and $34,000 by 2022, the growth potential of consumer goods within the world’s second largest economy is significant. Unilever is well-placed to benefit from this and its dividends could rise rapidly as a result.
AstraZeneca’s (LSE: AZN) acquisition strategy is expected to cause its bottom line to move from negative to positive growth over the medium term. This has the potential to positively catalyse a dividend that has been stagnant in the last five years as the company has struggled to come to terms with the loss of patents on key blockbuster drugs.
Still, AstraZeneca yields over 4% right now and this makes it a better income option than the wider index’s yield of 3.6%. And with AstraZeneca’s dividends being covered 1.4 times by profit, they’re sustainable even if profit comes under further pressure over the near term. Plus, with AstraZeneca having a beta of 0.7, its share price should be less volatile than the wider index, which may appeal to income-seeking investors while the FTSE 100’s outlook is uncertain.
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|Update from Beaufort
"Unilever delivered strong performance in H1 2016 despite a difficult trading environment with weak global economic growth and geopolitical tensions. The company reported an increase in underlying sales, as it sold more products at higher prices. Unilever's largest segment, Personal Care led the growth, amid increases in volume and prices. Volumes in the Foods business dropped, but Unilever offset it by raising prices. Emerging markets recorded 8.0% underlying sales growth, driven by strong volume growth in Asia and price growth in Latin America. Unilever recorded margin improvement due to its various cost-savings initiatives. During H1 2016, the company undertook steps to shift its product portfolio away from food, which recorded slower sales, to higher-margin personal care products. Earlier this week, Unilever disclosed that it would buy subscription razor company Dollar Shave Club for US$1bn. This would enable Unilever to increase its presence in the expanding market for male grooming products and effectively compete with Procter & Gamble. Given Unilever's fundamentally sound position and the strength of its brands across markets, we remain optimistic about the company's prospects."
|Unilever's underlying growth undimmed in first half despite 'tougher market'
Thu, 21 July 2016
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Unilever's underlying growth undimmed in first half despite 'tougher market'
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(ShareCast News) - Unilever maintained its underlying rate of sales growth at 4.7% in the second quarter but first-half turnover fell and the fast moving consumer goods colossus said it was preparing for tougher market conditions as it sees no sign of an improving global economy.
Group sales decreased by 2.6% at current exchange rates to €26.3bn but increased by 5.4% at constant exchange rates, as consumer demand remained weak and in the markets in which we operate volumes have slowed further, with market volume growth low in emerging markets and negative in Europe and in North America.
While emerging markets grew 8.0%, driven by good volume growth in Asia and price growth in Latin America, developed markets were almost flat as volume growth just about offset price deflation in Europe.
With gross and core operating margins improving thanks to innovation, acquisitions and cost savings programmes, net profit was lifted 2.0% to €2.7bn and core earnings per share 1.3% to €0.92 at current exchange rates or 7.5% at constant rates.
Directors declared a quarterly dividend, payable in September, of €0.3201 per share.
"Our first half results further demonstrate the progress we have made in the transformation of Unilever to deliver consistent, competitive, profitable and responsible growth," chief executive Paul Polman.
"Despite a challenging environment with slower global economic growth and intensifying geopolitical instability, we have again grown profitably in our markets, competitively and driven by strong innovations."
But he cautioned that the board "do not see any sign of an improving global economy" and so continue to drive agility and discipline on costs.
"Our priorities continue to be volume-driven growth ahead of our markets, steady improvement in core operating margin and strong cash flow."|
|Buys loss making dollar share club|