Bebington, United Kingdom
Bebington, United Kingdom

Unilever is a British–Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and London, United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world's third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue, after Procter & Gamble and Nestlé. Unilever is the world's largest producer of food spreads, such as margarine. One of the oldest multinational companies, its products are available in around 190 countries.Unilever owns over 400 brands, but focuses on 14 brands with sales of over 1 billion euros - AxeFlora, Heartbrand ice creams, Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rama, Rexona, Sunsilk and Surf. It is a dual-listed company consisting of Unilever N.V., based in Rotterdam, and Unilever plc, based in London. The two companies operate as a single business, with a common board of directors. Unilever is organised into four main divisions - Foods, Refreshment , Home Care, and Personal Care. It has research and development facilities in the United Kingdom , the Netherlands, China, India and the United States.Unilever was founded in 1929 by the merger the Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie and the British soapmaker Lever Brothers. During the second half of the 20th century the company increasingly diversified from being a maker of products made of oils and fats, and expanded its operations worldwide. It has made numerous corporate acquisitions, including Lipton , Brooke Bond , Chesebrough-Ponds , Best Foods and Ben & Jerry's , and Alberto-Culver . Unilever divested its speciality chemicals businesses to ICI in 1997. In the 2010s, under leadership of Paul Polman, the company gradually shifted its focus toward health and beauty brands and away from food brands showing slow growth.Unilever plc has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Unilever N.V. has a primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and is a constituent of the AEX index. Both Unilever plc and Unilever N.V. have secondary listings on the New York Stock Exchange. Wikipedia.


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The invention concerns the non-therapeutic use of niacinamide for inducing secretion of anti-microbial peptides (AMPs), said use comprising the incorporating niacinamide in a deodorant composition and application of this composition to the external surface of the human body.


Patent
Unilever | Date: 2017-02-15

A hard surface cleaning composition comprising:a) a microcapsule comprising:i) a perfume contained within;ii) a polymer shell; and fixed to the outside of the shell,iii) a nonionic polysaccharide deposition aid that causes the microcapsule to deposit from aqueous dispersion onto a cleaning implement comprising cotton,b) at least an effective amount of surfactant for cleaning the hard surface; andc) water. Also, a hard surface cleaning process comprising the steps of: using a cleaning implement comprising cotton to apply to a hard surface and move around on the hard surface to remove soil from the hard surface an aliquot of aqueous cleaning composition according to the first aspect of the invention, rinsing the cleaning implement in water to remove surfactant and soil from the cotton and leaving the rinsed cotton cleaning implement to dry, whereby after rinsing at least 25 wt% of the microcapsules in the composition applied to the hard surface are deposited onto and retained by the cotton of the cleaning implement.


The invention relates to a savoury concentrate containing:a) 22-85 wt.% inorganic salt;b) 2-60 wt.% fat;c) 0.8-8 wt.% of xanthan gum;d) 0-25 wt.% of glutamate component;e) 0-25 w.% starch component;f) 0-20 wt.% of sugar;g) 0-45 wt.% of vegetable matter;h) 0-10 wt.% water;wherein the components a) to e) together constitute at least 55 wt.% of the savoury concentrate and wherein the components a) to h) together constitute at least 75 wt.% of the savoury concentrate. This savoury concentrate can suitably be used in the preparation of bouillon, broth, soup, sauce or gravy, and not only imparts taste and taste enhancement, but additionally improves appearance and texture of the final product.


Patent
Unilever | Date: 2017-05-17

The invention relates to a shaped toilet cleaner block comprising: 1-40 wt.% nonionic surfactant, including at least 1 wt.% of fatty alcohol alkoxylate selected from C_(8-22) alcohols alkoxylated with ethylene oxide (EO) and/or propylene oxide (PO) with a degree of alkoxylation of 12 to 30; 10-50 wt.% C_(8-18) alkyl benzene sulfonate; 5-40 wt.% C_(8-18) alkyl sulfate; less than 15 wt.% C_(12-18) fatty acid monoethanolamide; and 20-80 wt.% filler. The shaped toilet cleaner block of the present invention offers the important advantage that it can easily and reproducibly be produced in attractive shapes by means of extrusion at very high speed. The extruded strand of the present toilet cleaner composition can be cut into toilet cleaner blocks at high frequency without difficulty, yielding blocks with very regular, undamaged cut surfaces. The shaped toilet cleaner block of the present invention further offers the advantage that it is washed away by the repeated flushing operations in a very regular and uniform way.


Patent
Unilever | Date: 2017-05-17

Edible pourable oil-in-water emulsion suitable for shallow frying comprising: 40 to 90 wt. % liquid oil; 5 to 55 wt. % of water; 1 to 20 wt. % of plant sterol esters; 0.05 to 5 wt. % of salt; 0.01 to 3 wt. % of oil-in-water promoting emulsifier.


Patent
Unilever | Date: 2017-02-22

A skin care composition is described comprising water-soluble dye polymer comprising polymer backbone having negatively charged reactive dye substituent covalently bound thereto; and cosmetically acceptable carrier. The dye polymer is present in amount of 0.00001 to 0.1% in terms of reactive dye substituent by weight of the skin care composition. The composition is useful for providing cosmetic benefits such as skin lightening, evening skin tone and masking blemishes.


Patent
Unilever | Date: 2017-04-05

The invention provides a use of a particle to absorb and retain odiferous compounds, wherein the particle comprises:- (a) a solid core comprising a first hydrophobic polymer, and (b) a shell comprising a second hydrophobic polymer wherein the Tg of the first hydrophobic polymer is lower than the Tg of the second hydrophobic polymer; wherein the particles have a mean particle size of less than 1 micron, preferably from 0.1 to 0.3 microns, and wherein the odiferous compound is a malodour compound.


The invention relates to soap bar compositions comprising specific ratios of C10 to C12, maximum values of C14 and maximum values of unsaturated C18 other than oleic, which retain high foam compared to similar bars (made from the same oils in the same ratios) wherein noted criteria are not met. It further relates to a method of enhancing foam in water of water hardness greater than about 25 using said bar.


Patent
Unilever | Date: 2017-02-22

The invention relates to a specific fraction of Aloe vera extract for enhancing tight junction in skin cells. The invention more particularly relates to use of such a fraction in skin, oral and hair care compositions. The inventive extract of Aloe vera comprises 60 to 95% by weight of polysaccharides having a molecular weight in the range of 2 to 3 kDa, and less than 5% polyphenols, wherein the polysaccharides are hydrolysed by trifluoroacetic acid.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMBP-23-2016 | Award Amount: 5.42M | Year: 2017

The FORCE consortium is a 10 pan-European expert partnership with the objective to develop a integrated Business Decision Support System (BDSS) based on open standards for industries engaged in formulating chemical ingredients. The generic BDSS is an open framework that connects any existing or future materials models at various levels of complexity and discretion (electronic, atomistic, mesoscopic, continuum and empirical), experimental data sets, and structured and unstructured commercial information (e.g. on cost, forecasting, intellectual property (IP)). In combination with multi-criteria (objective) optimizers (MCO) for key performance indicators (KPIs) the BDSS generates data driven formulation and product options for facilitating business decision making. The project has a generic focus but targets 3 specific important industrial sectors as main demonstrators, namely Personal Care (liquid detergents), Insulating Rigid PolyUrethane (PU) based Foams and Industrial Inks (PU-based) for the purpose of focus and generating a real ready to use BDSS available to large, medium and small enterprises alike. The proposed options are tailored for use into problem specific Apps. These provide an additional level of tailored user-friendliness and a data driven operational tool for product optimization, development and quality checks including faster and tailored customer services for the formulators and the providers of formulation components. Accordingly the project is positioning materials modeling as an integrated part of a business decision process. The consortium strives to change the modus operandi of mainly empiricism-based formulation industries into a science and technology and data driven industry by taking advantage of materials modelling and advanced computational learning methodologies for handling big data. The partners subscribe to the activities of the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC).

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