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: 2017-03-08

The invention relates to a preparation of plant parenchymal cell wall clusters, wherein the cell wall clusters have a: a. volumetric mass density of at least 0.1 gram/ml; b. SBET of at least 3 m2/gram; and c. rehydrated particle size having a d(0.1) value higher than 20 micrometer and a d(0.9) value lower than 1500 micrometer. The invention further relates to instant dry food products comprising such preparations, a method for preparing a food product using such preparations and the use of such preparations as a structurant in instant dry food products.


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; opacifying particle having a refractive index of greater than 1.7; and cosmetically acceptable carrier;wherein the weight ratio of opacifying particle to reactive dye substituent of the dye polymer(b:a) is at least 30:1.The composition is useful for providing cosmetic benefits such as skin lightening, evening skin tone and masking blemishes.


Patent
Unilever | Date: 2017-03-15

The present invention relates to extruded soap bars having improved transparency. Specifically, by balancing the amounts of C16 (palmitic acid) and C18 (stearic acid) fatty acids to have a ratio in the final bar of 1, substantially improved transparency is unexpectedly obtained.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: PHC-33-2015 | Award Amount: 30.12M | Year: 2016

The vision of EU-ToxRisk is to drive a paradigm shift in toxicology towards an animal-free, mechanism-based integrated approach to chemical safety assessment. The project will unite all relevant disciplines and stakeholders to establish: i) pragmatic, solid read-across procedures incorporating mechanistic and toxicokinetic knowledge; and ii) ab initio hazard and risk assessment strategies of chemicals with little background information. The project will focus on repeated dose systemic toxicity (liver, kidney, lung and nervous system) as well as developmental/reproduction toxicity. Different human tiered test systems are integrated to balance speed, cost and biological complexity. EU-ToxRisk extensively integrates the adverse outcome pathway (AOP)-based toxicity testing concept. Therefore, advanced technologies, including high throughput transcriptomics, RNA interference, and high throughput microscopy, will provide quantitative and mechanistic underpinning of AOPs and key events (KE). The project combines in silico tools and in vitro assays by computational modelling approaches to provide quantitative data on the activation of KE of AOP. This information, together with detailed toxicokinetics data, and in vitro-in vivo extrapolation algorithms forms the basis for improved hazard and risk assessment. The EU-ToxRisk work plan is structured along a broad spectrum of case studies, driven by the cosmetics, (agro)-chemical, pharma industry together with regulators. The approach involves iterative training, testing, optimization and validation phases to establish fit-for-purpose integrated approaches to testing and assessment with key EU-ToxRisk methodologies. The test systems will be combined to a flexible service package for exploitation and continued impact across industry sectors and regulatory application. The proof-of-concept for the new mechanism-based testing strategy will make EU-ToxRisk the flagship in Europe for animal-free chemical safety assessment.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-6.3-2015 | Award Amount: 16.22M | Year: 2016

Supply chain visibility supported by easy access to, and exchange and use of relevant and abundant logistics-related information is an important prerequisite for the deployment of pan-European logistics solutions that are needed to increase efficiency and productivity, and to reduce environmental impact. Although there is a proliferative development of logistics-related data stores, information channels, information management systems and data mining facilities, with both international and intermodal focus, this multitude of solutions exhibits a high degree of fragmentation, due to differences in user requirements, data models, system specification and business models. This legacy situation severely hampers the optimal use of logistics-related information. To overcome this fragmentation and lack of connectivity of ICT-based information systems for logistics decision making, AEOLIX will establish a cloud-based collaborative logistics ecosystem for configuring and managing (logistics-related) information pipelines. This digital business ecosystem will create visibility across the supply chain, enabling more sustainable and efficient transport of goods cross Europe. An essential element of the approach is to ensure that for logistics actors connecting to and using the ecosystem in undemanding and has a low level of complexity. We envision the ecosystem enabling the integration of supply-chain-related transport business processes through logistics software solutions for cloud-based connectivity and interaction, in order to support more efficient collaboration in the logistics supply chain than exists today. By enabling low-complexity and low cost connectivity of local ICT platforms and systems and thereby scalable, trusted and secure exchange of information, AEOLIX will improve the overall competitiveness of goods transport in the supply chain, while simultaneously targeting sustainability from environmental, economic and social perspectives.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: BBI-IA-FLAG | Phase: BBI.VC2.F2 | Award Amount: 44.70M | Year: 2016

The Exilva flagship project will consist in the upscaling of the Borregaards MFC process from the existing pilot plant (50-70 tons/year) to the full scale flagship plant (1000 tons/year) and demonstrate an industrial symbiosis between the biomass/forest industry (Norwegian Spruce) and application industries in a wide range of market segments by developing and commercialising added value (performances vs cost) products in a sustainable way. The ambition of the Exilva project is to make MFC commercially available on large quantities for the first time as well as develop the MFC market further in selected segments. The grand challenges of the Exilva flagship project are twofold: Technology and process: related to the start-up of the flagship plant the main tasks and challenges will be testing of the new equipment, technology transfer from the pilot plant to the flagship plant, gaining operational experience, establishing the plant organization and quality control, establishing the appropriate process parameters for a stable full scale production of MFC and gaining experience with regards to logistics and handling of the MFC material. Market: successful market penetration of MFC based products, product performance and cost, standards and regulation. The decision to invest in a first of a kind commercial plant is driven by business opportunities to use MFC in a wide range of market segments and applications and demonstrate that the investment in the flagship will be profitable. Borregaard has started to establish business pipelines towards different end user companies that will develop full products based on MFC formulations.


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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