Processed food giant Unilever is making no secret of reorienting its portfolio to include more organic, vegan and ostensibly healthy brands. Bulk buying clubs and food co-ops should be paying attention.Continue reading “Unilever buy-outs: why they matter”
Unilever’s 2017 buy-out of Pukka Herbs raised the issue of popular organic brands becoming acquisition targets for multinational companies – in this case a huge corporation whose products range from processed foods to detergents, with brands including PG Tips and Domestos, and operations which include palm oil and tea plantations.
This post discusses how widespread this phenomenon has become and explains the advantage that bulk buying clubs have in responding to such shifts.
The July/August issue of Ethical Consumer magazine has a focus on palm oil and the issues wrapped up in its expanding cultivation, leading to deforestation, lost habitats and a hastening of climate change. Continue reading “Palm oil review: ‘no easy answers’”