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Tuesday 21 November, 2006

Unilever PLC


Unilever PLC
21 November 2006

                         UNILEVER RESHAPES ITS EUROPEAN
                          FOODS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

                           ORGANISING FOR THE FUTURE

Unilever today announced plans to reshape its Foods R&D organisation in Europe
in order to further enable differentiated innovation. Foods R&D Europe will be
restructured to provide the focus and critical mass that can deliver innovations
for both the European and global market.

The reorganisation is part of the One Unilever programme to increase leverage of
its scale, improve its marketplace competitiveness, deliver functional
excellence, and create a more competitive cost-structure allowing it to
strengthen its focus on its consumers and customers.

Today's announcement follows an extensive Science & Technology Review led by
Vindi Banga, President of Unilever's Foods Category. Vindi Banga said: 'The
review showed that we have great people and strong capabilities. However, it
also showed that by organising ourselves so that we could leverage our scale and
play to our strengths we could improve our market competitiveness. By getting
the benefits of focus and synergies I am convinced that today's announcement
will make a significant difference to our innovation delivery.'

The new structure will see new product development concentrated in six Centres
of Excellence across Europe. Each of these Centres of Excellence will establish
a world-class technical capability that can be applied across the categories,
for global, regional and local innovations. In addition, local adaptation and
implementation of Foods innovations will be ensured through consolidated country
and factory teams.

Vindi Banga said: 'Unilever will implement these changes sensitively and
professionally, with attention to all affected people. Unilever is committed to
working closely with works councils and employees to minimise redundancies and
to provide redundancy packages where needed, in line with local legislation and

Implementation of the changes in Unilever's European Foods R&D organisation will
commence in 2007 and be completed by the end of 2008.

November 21, 2006


• The current European Foods R&D organisation employs 1,160 people in over 60
locations across Europe. As result of this reorganisation, Unilever will move to
29 Foods R&D locations in Europe. Unilever estimates that the reorganisation of
Foods R&D Europe will result in a loss of approximately 240 jobs due to the
change to a simpler, more focussed organisation. Unilever expects to relocate an
additional 260 jobs to the consolidated Foods R&D centres across Europe.

• Unilever has informed its employees and European works council about these
plans. The affected employees are being contacted to discuss personal impact and
next steps.

About Unilever -

Unilever's mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for
nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good,
look good and get more out of life.

Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods
with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe. Its
portfolio includes some of the world's best known and most loved brands
including twelve €1 billion brands and global leadership in many categories in
which the company operates. The portfolio features brand icons such as: Knorr,
Hellmann's, Flora, Bertolli, Dove, Lux, Pond's, Lynx, Sunsilk, Persil, Cif and

Unilever has around 206,000 employees in approaching 100 countries and generated
annual sales of €40 billion in 2005. For more information about Unilever and its
brands, please visit

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Group operates and new or changed priorities of the Boards. Further details of 
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