Unilever Foodsolutions is one of the world's leading foodservice businesses. The business works with customers including caterers, restaurateurs and major hotel and fast-food chains to create food solutions that help grow their business.
Understanding our customers
With half of people in the United States and a quarter of people in Europe claiming they find it difficult to eat healthily away from home, we're helping by providing foodservice operators products that combine taste, consistent quality and healthier menu options cost-effectively.
Solutions vary as widely as our customers - products that add the right seasoning, flavour or texture, pre-prepared ingredients that save time in a busy kitchen and new ways of serving food on a large scale at consistent quality are just some examples.
Our focus is understanding our customers and designing solutions specifically to meet their needs, using our expertise in taste, chefmanship, food technology and service and the right choice of Unilever Foodsolutions products and brands.
Unilever Foodsolutions helps to provide healthier options in several key ways. Firstly, we're helping to boost consumption of vegetables by making them more appealing, and developing 'better for you' foods that are attractive, easy choices.
In addition, we're continuing to train our Foodsolutions people and operators in the basics of nutrition – so everyone knows what they should be doing and what the benefits are.
We also focus on canteens and quick-service restaurants, which are under extreme pressure to offer menus with healthier alternatives. We have started to work with quick-service restaurants by enabling them to provide healthier options for consumers, such as Hellmann’s Extra Light Mayonnaise and Becel portions.
Knorr Total Soup Solutions systems enable caterers to capitalise on the growing popularity of soup by making soups available, visible and attractive to consumers. The Knorr 100% Soup bar offers a choice of new and traditional soups created by Knorr chefs, together with complementary toppings to customise their soup.
Lipton Brewed Iced Tea is a tea preparation and dispensing system that provides foodservice operators with the ability to serve high-quality, fresh-brewed tea with ease.
A great range of lower-fat, great-tasting Hellmann's dressings, available through specialised Hellmann's dispensers, is helping a major fast-food chain to provide a healthy salad bar option in a growing number of outlets in North and Latin America.
In Belgium, our 'Good For You' range offers healthy, balanced recipes for lunch meals and sandwiches, with information materials to highlight the benefits. It's now used in around 100 industrial kitchens.
Key facts & figures
The global food-service industry is worth over €350 bn and is growing rapidly as people around the world eat out more than ever before. In the US, more than half of food expenditure now happens outside the home. In Europe, this figure is as high as one third and, in Hong Kong, 2.5 meals out of every three are eaten away from home.
Unilever Foodsolutions operates in 65 countries worldwide
Hellmann's real mayo
Knorr pack of spices