Unilever Ex Unilever, as Pliny the Elder was heard to remark, semper aliquid novi
And now we know why. Globally, we are told, le grand Bleu employs a staggering 6000 scientists, engineers, chefs and technicians (the number is staggering, not the scientists. Obviously. We can't speak for the chefs and engineers, though). And locally, they have just gone and opened a R44million R&D facility in their Idonsa plant in Durban, with a view to upping the innovative ante on brands such as Omo, Lux, Dove, Knorr and Robertsons, for the local and the broader African market, where they own about R35billion worth of business. Globally, Unilever has delivered 240 improvements on its 170 brands in the past year. An important ancillary function of the centre, in these days of a rampant ASA, will be the testing of products to ensure that brands deliver scientifically on their claims.
Comment: Innovation, eh. Sounds a bit new-fangled to us.