Thu, Jun. 23, 2:48 AM
- San Francisco will have a second chance to vote on whether to tax sugar-sweetened beverages after city officials added the measure to a November ballot that could expand the hotly-debated levy deeper into the Bay Area.
- The penny-per-ounce tax proposal follows the city's legal victory last month against the soda industry, which tried to halt its effort to introduce warnings on advertisements for drinks with added sugar.
- Related stocks: KO, PEP, DPS, MNST, FIZZ, SBUX, UL, PG
Thu, Jun. 16, 3:16 AM
- Philadelphia is set to become the first major American city with a soda tax despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.
- The City Council is expected to give final approval today to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on diet and regular soda, iced tea, energy drinks, juice drinks with less than 50% juice, and other sugary beverages.
- That would add $1.01 to the cost of a 2-liter soda, $0.21 to a 13.7-ounce Starbucks Frappuccino bottle and $2.16 to a 12-pack of soda.
- Related stocks: KO, PEP, DPS, MNST, FIZZ, SBUX, UL
Fri, Jun. 3, 9:56 AM
- Susquehanna sizes up the Ready-to-Drink tea market after Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) partners up with Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) to grow the Teavana and Tazo brands.
- On a broad scale, the U.S. RTD market was $5.1B last year and showed 3% growth.
- The main players are Unilever (UN, UL) via Lipton, Arizona Beverage (private), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) via Gold Peak, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (NYSE:DPS) via Snapple which as a group account for 70% of sales. Teavana and Tazo have almost no market share with most sales currently coming from Starbucks stores.
- The SBUX-BUD partnership will see Anheuser-Busch InBev produce the tea products at its U.S. breweries and distribute them to about 300K convenience stores and grocery chains in the U.S.
- Analyst Pablo Zuanic provided Seeking Alpha the data.
- Previously: Starbucks finds a tea partner in Anheuser-Busch InBev (June 2)
Mon, May 23, 5:57 PM
- Unilever (NYSE:UL), L'Oreal (OTCPK:LRLCF), Henkel (OTCPK:HENKY) and other companies have submitted first-round bids in an auction for hair care products maker Vogue International, which could value Vogue at $2.5B-$3B, Reuters reports.
- The bids come three years after a lawsuit hurt Vogue's effort to sell itself; buyout firm Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) acquired a 49% stake in the company last year.
- Florida-based Vogue produces OGX shampoo, which has enjoyed strong growth propelled by its colorful packaging which stands out in drugstore aisles.
Sat, May 21, 12:49 PM
- Laslzo Birinyi still sees underlying strength in the stock market, despite the myriad of economic, technical, and political fears holding back investor enthusiasm.
- In particular, the well-known investor has his eyes on AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) and builder NVR (NYSE:NVR) as "special situations" stocks.
- Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) also makes the list due to its lack of volatility amid a volatile market which could indicate upside down the road. On that point, a quick screen of other consumer goods stocks like Kraft that have weathered the uneven read on U.S. consumer spending and global demand over the last month may tip off some other value picks.
- Here's ten consumer good stocks with a low recent volatility measurement, below average forward P/E ratio, and +2% dividend yield: DEO, UN, UL, CAJ, RMCF, KO, PEP, BUD, PM, PG, TM.
- Related ETFs: IYK, UGE, SZK.
Mon, Apr. 25, 2:21 PM
- Unilever (UN, UL) sold €1.5B ($1.7B) in bonds at rock-bottom coupon rates.
- €500M in 8-year bonds were sold with a 0.7% coupon, while €700M of 12-year bonds were priced at 1.21%. The remaining €300M in four-year notes were almost at a zero-percent rate with only a token 0.08% coupon attached.
- The ECB recently opened up its stimulus program to corporate bond buying.
- Unilever is using the funds for general corporate purposes.
- Now read Unilever: Just Keep Doing What You're Doing After Strong Q1 2016 Results
Thu, Apr. 14, 6:26 AM
Thu, Apr. 14, 4:16 AM
- Unilever (NYSE:UL) reported a rise in organic growth for the first quarter despite grappling with lower prices and ebbing demand for its goods around the globe.
- The group behind brands including Ben and Jerry's, Lipton and Marmite said underlying sales - which strip out forex impacts - grew 4.7%, meeting analyst estimates.
- "With markets remaining volatile, we continue to focus on driving agility and resilience in our business," said Unilever CEO Paul Polman.
- UL +0.4% premarket
Mon, Mar. 14, 6:50 PM
- Solazyme (NASDAQ:SZYM) +24.2% AH after posting a smaller than expected Q4 loss and announcing a global supply agreement with Unilever (NYSE:UL).
- SZYM says the agreement provides for UL to purchase renewable algae oils for use in personal care products, and is expected to represent more than $200M in total revenue over the five-year term.
- SZYM says production of the oils will take place at its Bunge renewable oils facility in Brazil.
- The deal follows last week's news that SZYM would refine its business to focus on food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, and rename itself TerraVia.
Thu, Mar. 10, 7:58 AM
- Unilever (UN, UL) will compensate workers impacted by a mercury poisoning at a facility in Southern India over ten years ago. The settlement covers 591 workers.
- The workers will drop a lawsuit against the company as part of the settlement.
- Though the high-profile case has been going on for years, a recent song by an Indian rapper brought it back to the forefront with the general public.
Sun, Feb. 7, 10:16 AM
- New products and fresh marketing campaigns will be highlighted during today's Super Bowl.
- Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD): The Bud Light Party is back and Shock Top breaks new ground for craft beers with a SB call-up.
- Audi (OTCPK:VLKAY): No apologies from Volkswagen, as it looks ahead with an Audi ad featuring David Bowie classic Starman.
- Unilever (NYSE:UL): The AXE brand will be pushed to the Y-chromosome set in a key spot.
- Buick: General Motors (NYSE:GM) continues to work on making Buick cool with younger generations. NFL star Odell Beckham and actress Emily Ratajkowski feature today.
- Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) - Disney (NYSE:DIS): The two iconic companies will feature together when Coca-Cola promotes Marvel characters with its products.
- Fitbit (NYSE:FIT): The tech firm will throw a Hail Mary in the third quarter with a 30-second spot on its Blaze model. Shares of Fitbit are off 47% YTD.
- Newell-Rubbermaid (NYSE:NWL): Marmot will be promoted in a Super Bowl ad for the first time. The outdoor gear brand has seen momentum build over the last few months.
- Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM): A new product will be unveiled during the game. The timing is key with McDonald's All-Day Breakfast initiative showing strong results in the U.S.
- Kia (OTC:HYMLF): The South Korean automaker rolls out Christopher Walken for an Optima ad. Walken brings a viral potential to any setting.
- AdAge's full Super Bowl breakdown
Tue, Jan. 19, 12:32 PM
- Unilever (UN, UL) should consider unloading its spreads business due to lagging performance, observes Bloomberg.
- The company's Flora and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter brands have had a hard time keeping up with other Unilever properties given an innovation boost.
- The top spreads executive at Unilever stepped down last month after just a year on the job, according to The Wall Street Journal.
- Previously: Unilever posts revenue rise, warns of 'tougher' 2016 (Jan. 19 2016)
Tue, Jan. 19, 4:36 AM
- Although it expects "tougher market conditions" in 2016, Unilever (NYSE:UL) reported fourth-quarter sales that beat estimates amid higher prices for its goods in Latin America.
- Revenue rose 4.9%, while core operating profit increased 12% to €7.9B, in the three months through December.
- Separately, Sean Gogarty, head of Unilever's developed-market spreads business, has resigned to pursue other opportunities, and will be replaced by Nicolas Liabeuf, senior vice president of marketing operations.
Dec. 9, 2015, 4:10 AM
- Some of the world's largest companies, including Unilever (NYSE:UL), Total (NYSE:TOT), Bank of America, (NYSE:BAC), Patagonia and Ikea, announced their commitment on Tuesday to cutting carbon emissions and participating in practices that would support sustainable energy.
- The pledges came at The New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference, being held in concurrence with the international climate talks outside Paris.
- "We are not going to solve this at government level," said Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to an audience at the American ambassador’s Paris residence on the eve of the conference. "You are going to make the difference."
Nov. 27, 2015, 1:57 AM
- Just days before the start of the UN climate talks in Paris, Unilever (NYSE:UL) has announced a fresh wave of environmental commitments in a bid to ensure it becomes "carbon positive" by 2030.
- The company said it would stop using energy from coal by 2020 and will seek to support renewable energy generation, so by 2030 it can make a surplus available to markets and communities where it operates.
Oct. 15, 2015, 4:32 AM
- Unilever's (NYSE:UL) revenue rose sharply in the third-quarter as sales of ice cream jumped and emerging markets saw heavy growth.
- The company said underlying sales rose 5.7% - a measure that excludes acquisitions, disposals or changes in currency - outpacing 4% forecasts. The second quarter figure was just 2.9%.
- For the rest of the year, Unilever now expects underlying sales to come in toward the upper end of its estimated 2-4% range.
- UL +4.5% premarket
Unilever Plc is a multinational consumer goods company that provides fast moving consumer goods. Its product categories include savoury, dressings and spread; ice cream and beverages; personal care, and home care. The company's brands include Axe/Lynx, Blue Band, Dove, Becel/Flora, Heartbrand... More
Sector: Consumer Goods
Industry: Food - Major Diversified
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