Unilever PLC operates as a fast-moving consumer goods company. The company operates as a subsidiary of The Unilever Group. The company has four categories: Personal Care, Foods, Home Care, and Refreshment. Personal Care The company offers deodorants that are benefited from the continued success of the dry spray launch in North America and the compressed formats launched into Latin America. In hair, the company’s growth is driven by the Dove Advanced Hair Series roll-out and the launch of Lux Luminique in Japan. The improved Dove body wash formulation performed well in skin and is present in approximately 30 countries. In oral care, the company has extended the toothpaste Zendium to nine markets. The company has established its Prestige business with the acquisitions of Dermalogica, Murad, Kate Somerville and REN. Foods The company’s Savoury showed good volume-driven growth led by cooking products in emerging markets and by innovations around naturalness and health, such as Knorr Mealmakers with 100% natural ingredients in Europe and fortified stock cubes, which help address iron deficiency in Africa. In dressings, Hellmann’s demonstrated good growth driven by a major performance in Latin America and by the success of new squeezy packs in Europe and North America. The Baking, Cooking & Spreads unit is repositioning the business to segments,. Home Care The company offers the new Omo with enhanced formulation and improved cleaning technology. Omo pre-treaters and stain removers have built further market share in Brazil. The company’s fabric conditioners benefited from the success of Comfort intense with double-encapsulated fragrance technology that delivers long-lasting freshness. In household care, the company continued to scale up by rolling out improved formulations, such as Cif’s improved ‘Power and Shine’ sprays for kitchens and bathrooms across Europe. Refreshment The company’s ice cream delivered major growth driven by margin-accretive innovations behind premium brands, such as Magnum Pink and Black variants, the Ben & Jerry’s Cores range and new flavours of Breyer’s Gelato. The company continues to build its presence in premium gelato with the acquired Talenti, which grew approximately 40% and with Grom, which the company acquired in October. In leaf tea, the company reinvigorated the Lipton brand with an improved mix and new packaging. The company extended Lipton and PG Tips further into fruit, herbal and speciality teas where it is still under-represented. The company is building its presence in the premium segment by opening more T2 stores, which the company leverages with online sales and by launching machine-compatible tea capsules in Europe. History Unilever PLC was founded in 1885.
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