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Unilever Acquires Talenti(R) Gelato & Sorbetto

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Unilever today announced that it has acquired Talenti(R) Gelato & Sorbetto. Minneapolis-based Talenti, which was founded in 2003, has grown into the best selling packaged gelato in the United States. Talenti products are made from the finest ingredients, using artisanal methods, and packaged in a unique, clear and reusable plastic jar. Talenti is expected to have more than $120 million in turnover in 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Talenti Pint Family (Photo: Business Wire)

Talenti Pint Family (Photo: Business Wire)

With its 30 gelato and sorbetto flavors – such as Sea Salt Caramel and Sicilian Pistachio – the Talenti acquisition brings a complementary packaged gelato portfolio to Unilever’s ice cream category, alongside the company’s existing iconic brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Fruttare, Good Humor , Klondike, Magnum and Popsicle.

“Welcoming Talenti to the Unilever family marks another step in our North America portfolio transformation,” said Kees Kruythoff, President of Unilever North America. “The acquisition widens Unilever’s position in the fast-growing gelato market with its artisanal offerings and its clear, distinct and recyclable packaging. We are looking forward to growing and developing this fantastic brand further.”

Kevin Havelock, President Refreshment Category, Unilever, said, “Talenti’s gelatos and sorbettos complement Unilever’s iconic portfolio of packaged ice cream. As the gelato category continues to gain popularity we are excited to welcome the fast-growing Talenti brand.”

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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. We work with 174,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of EUR49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which – Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Surf, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s ice cream, Lux, Flora / Becel, Rama / Blue Band, Magnum and Axe / Lynx – now generate a turnover of EUR1 billion or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined nine commitments, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.

Unilever has been ranked number one in their sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2014 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey – for the fourth year running. In 2014 Unilever was named in LinkedIn’s Top 3 most sought-after employers in all sectors for the second year running, and also LinkedIn’s No. 1 most sought-after FMCG employer worldwide.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.

For more information about Talenti, please visit www.talentigelato.com.

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