Unilever cuts 7500 jobs, spins off ice cream brands

Unilever cuts 7500 jobs, spins off ice cream brands

Unilever, the company that makes Dove soaps, Vaseline and many other well-known FMCG products, is cutting 7,500 jobs and spinning off its ice cream business to reduce costs and boost profits.

London-based Unilever said its ice cream business, which includes Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum bars, has “distinct characteristics” from its other brands and would benefit from separate ownership to increase growth. It said the split is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

The British consumer goods company with 128,000 employees also said it is launching a “productivity program” that is expected to lead to a reduction of about 7,500 mostly office-based jobs worldwide.

Unilever said it will invest in technology to find efficiencies and avoid duplication that it anticipates will help it save 800 million euros (US$867 million) over the next three years. The company also laid off 1,500 staffers in early 2022.

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