Unilever

Kenya Court Halts Unilever Voluntary Retirement Program

Kenya is experiencing a tense transition as owners of colonial-era tea plantations abandon tightly held vertical supply chains in favor of less expensive and more agile options for sourcing and processing tea. Unilever’s Kericho tea operations, which date to 1924, include 20 estates spanning 21,500 acres (8,700 hectares) and eight factories that produce 32...

Black Tea Earns Endorsement from European Food Safety Authority

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has awarded Unilever a positive opinion on its heath claim that black tea improves people’s attention span. The EFSA endorsement is a first involving tea. The head of Unilever R&D and lead scientist, Dr. Amelia Jarman said the claim is based on company research involving human trials. Unilever...

Lipton Partners with WE to Empower and Support Female Tea Farmers in Kenya

Tea company commits to providing financial and business tools to 80,000 Kenyan women ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lipton and WE are working together to empower 80,000 women in tea farming communities across Kenya by providing them access to financial and business skills training. Program participants will learn financial fundamentals from...

Petition: Make PG Tips Teabags Plastic Free

Petition URL: Remove Plastics from Tea Bags A quarter of a million online signatures collected by gardener Michael Armitage proved the tipping point for PG Tips, a Unilever brand that announced last week it will phase out plastic in its teabags. Unilever pledged to make all its teabags out of 100 percent plant-based material...

Unilever to Take on Starbucks’ Tazo Brand

Starbucks Corp. said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its Tazo tea brand to Unilever PLC for $384 million in a deal that will enable the coffee giant to focus on a single brand of tea, Teavana. Unilever will acquire Tazo’s recipes, intellectual property and inventory. Starbucks acquired the brand in 1999 for...

Unilever Buys Pukka

Unilever announced on Sept. 7 it acquired Pukka Herbs, a company specializing in ethically sourced organic teas and herbal tisanes. Pukka joins more than one dozen other Unilever brands dedicated to making a positive social impact, reports the Independent. “Pukka has strong values and a clear purpose that aligns fully with our own sustainable...

Unilever Puts Pure Leaf in Teabags

Lipton Yellow Label is languishing on the bottom shelf in grocery, discounted to less than $5 for a 100-ct box, but it’s still the top-selling brand in the world. Since Unilever acquired Lipton in 1972, the brand has achieved significant financial milestones. It was the first to reach $2+ billion in sales and, more...

Technavio Ranks Top Herbal Tea Vendors

Adagio Teas, Associated British Foods (ABF), Dilmah Tea, ITO EN, Tata Global Beverages, and Unilever top the list of global herbal tea vendors, according to market analysis conducted by Technavio. Other prominent vendors in the market include Alvita, Barry’s Tea, Bigelow Tea, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, Celestial Seasonings, Harney & Sons, Mighty Leaf...

Lipton Tea Factory Workers Join Union

Lipton Tea employees at the company’s Suffolk, Va. factory, which produces all of the Lipton Tea bags sold in North America, voted to unionize August 29 with a majority vote of 108 workers for and 79 against. The workers now join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW Local 400). According to...

T2: Slow and Steady

Australian tea retailer T2 opened its third store in New York City last week, marking a slow but steady expansion in North America that began in October 2014 when the Unilever-owned company opened its first U.S. Soho boutique. There are now 66 locations with 53 stores in Australia and New Zealand, making T2 the...