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Unilever koopt de merken Camay en Zest

Unilever heeft van Procter & Gamble de merken Camay (wereldwijd) en Zest (buiten Noord-Amerika en het Caraïbisch gebied) gekocht. (Bericht alleen uitgegeven in het Engels.)

Unilever to acquire the Camay and Zest brands

London & Rotterdam – Monday 22 December, 2014

Unilever today announced the purchase of the Camay brand globally and the Zest brand outside of North America and the Caribbean from The Procter & Gamble Company.

The brands had a turnover of $225 million in the last fiscal year. The transaction, for an undisclosed amount, is expected to close during the first half of 2015 subject to necessary regulatory approvals.

The deal also includes the sale of Procter & Gamble’s bar soap manufacturing facility in Mexico. The plant employs approximately 170 people who will transfer to Unilever at the completion of the deal.

“We are excited about the acquisition of the Zest and Camay brands. They represent an excellent strategic fit for us and will further strengthen our global position in skin cleansing. The brands will benefit from our innovation and R&D capabilities. They will make us one of the market leaders in skin cleansing in Mexico, a priority market for Unilever and one of the largest markets in the world,” said Alan Jope, President of Unilever Personal Care.

Unilever Media contacts:

Unilever PLC (London): treeva.fenwick@unilever.com +44 7917 271819

Unilever NV (Rotterdam): mediarelations.rotterdam@unilever.com or +31 (0)10 2174844

Unilever North America (Englewood Cliffs, NJ): +1 201-894-7760 or MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com

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About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers on any given day. It has 174,000 employees and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of the company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013). Their portfolio includes Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s ice cream, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) aims to double the size of the business whilst reducing environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. It says the USLP is their strategic response to the challenges businesses face operating in an uncertain and volatile world. Its three goals are:

Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being

Sourcing all their agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020

And decoupling their growth from their environmental impact

Supporting these goals, the company has defined nine commitments, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. For more information about the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/

Unilever was ranked number one in their sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index Series, they attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2014 they led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the fourth year running. Unilever was also named by LinkedIn as one of the Top 3 most sought-after employers in the world, across all sectors. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit

www.unilever.com

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