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28 Apr 2022

Author:
Hannah Boland, The Telegraph

Unilever still selling ice cream in Russia despite pledge to supply essential foods only

Unilever still selling ice cream in Russia, 28 April 2022

Unilever has admitted it is still selling ice cream brands including Cornetto and Magnum in Russia despite pledging to only supply “everyday essential food” in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

The British multinational said it was still selling most of its existing ranges in the country, which include mostly personal hygiene items, but also some ice cream brands.

The FTSE 100 company, which owns Marmite and Dove soap, condemned the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine in March, branding it “a brutal and senseless act by the Russian state”.

It said it had suspended all imports and exports of...products into and out of Russia but would continue to supply its “everyday essential food and hygiene products” made in the country for its consumers...

On Thursday, Alan Jope, the chief executive, called the economic contribution of Russia to Unilever “immaterial”.

He said: “It’s very small. But the responsibility that we feel towards the safety and wellbeing, and livelihoods of Unilever’s team on the ground, is as high as we would feel for any other employee in the company.”...

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