tesco and unilever

13 Oct

london 10.49am 10.9C cloudy/sunny thursday 2016

tesco is resisting unilever raising its prices by 10% citing brexit and the £ losing its value. hmm, i thought tesco was profiteering by raising its prices, but it seems i am wrong, their suppliers may be forcing them to raise the prices instead. and now they are resisting unilever. 

Unilever products

Just some of the Unilever brands affected:

Food and beverages

Ben & Jerry’s, Bovril, Chicken Tonight, Colman’s, Elmlea, Flora, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Jif, Knorr, Lipton, Marmite, PG Tips, Pot Noodle, Robertsons, Stork

Home and personal care

Brylcreem, Cif, Comfort, Domestos, Dove, Lynx, Matey, Origins, Organics, Persil, Radox, Simple, Sure deodorant, Surf, Timotei, Toni & Guy, TRESemmé, Vaseline, VO5

perhaps if people know what stuff is produced by unilever they might make alternative choices. when i look at the list of stuff they make, i  dont buy any of them. so now that tesco has publicised how unilever is the one to ask for the price rises, we might all make our choices and go buy stuff from companies that dont raise their prices. so maybe we wont blame the supermarkets as the villains…

the markup by unilever is very high. take for eg mayonnaise, the basic brand is 40p for 500mg, hellmans mayonnaise is £1.89 for 400mg. about 5 x . and its ingredients is the same. they tweak the consistency and that is about all. i wonder when will people realise they have been had, fooled by the brand name and the advertising that had pulled the wool over their eyes. no wonder unilever made £2billion of profit. added. it seems they are making even more money. i thought that £2billion is for a year, but no, it is their half yearly profit for 2016. that company is coining it. 

as for marmite i noticed unilever had bought bovril too. so it has that market sewn up. there is no cheaper alternative to those two as far as i can tell. but it is easy to wean yourself off it. i grew up with them, my mother makes a drink out of them and that is how we malaysians get introduced to it when we are growingup;  rather than spread it on bread. here in the uk, i understand people spread it on bread. but i have not drunk it for ages, in fact ever since i came to the uk. it is really too salty to spread on bread. 

in other news, i was surprised to read that ed’s diner, has been sold to mr boparan, The multi-millionaire will add 33 Ed’s Diner restaurants, employing around 700 staff, to a casual dining vehicle that also include Harry Ramsdens, Fishworks, and the Giraffe brand, recently acquired from Tesco. he also owns the cinnamon club. there are another 26 ed’s diner sites to be closed at a loss of 400jobs. it is strange they are not doing well. they sell burgers too, and cheaper at £5 to £7 instead of £10 than what the gourmet burger places charge. yet those places are profiting, why? price dont seem to influence customers. in fact, charge them more and they will prefer you . no wonder business men keep raising the prices. its almost as if customers want bragging rights to show they are a superior class by eating in these high price places.

it seems image is all, like where u eat is saying something about you, or you telling others what image u want to say about yourself. all highly pretentious if u ask me. 

added. found this link showing how only about 10 companies control all the wellknown branded products in the world. a strong arguement to buy just basic own brand rather than any named brand. and to buy local , and in season. 

added. 11.55am 21.10.16 friday 12.4C cloudybright. today i read here that nestle is threatening to raise it prices. saying the low £ is hitting their profits, even though most of the stuff is made in uk. just goes to show we should just stop buying goods made by these international companies. their profits goes overseas anyway. 

added. 11.19am 14.10.16 15.6C sunny friday. it seems that 33 of 40 popular brands owned by unilever are made and sourced in uk. they should be making huge profits from overseas, and they still want to shaft us here. it makes me even more angry at them.now they are exposed for what they are, i hope we all dont buy any of their stuff. i mentioned that there is no equivalent to marmite, but vegemite is similar. added. here is a link telling of other brands similar to marmite. all the supermarkets have their own brand. they are all yeast extracts and some have less salt than marmite. in fact, it just shows how ingrained the advertising for marmite and bovril, which makes me think there are no other alternatives. they all have lots of vitamins. sounds like quite a good nighttime drink or soup drink. 

added. 21.10.16 i dont think i shall move to these yeast drinks, even if they are by own supermarket brands. i think i shall stick to tea, if i want a hot drink at night. at least there is no suger or salt in the tea i make. 

 

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4 Responses to “tesco and unilever”

  1. Garfield Hug Thursday October 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Unilever has bought practically almost all the brands. Hopefully they will not hold me ransom to costs else I seek alternatives😉

    • alifesgayventure Thursday October 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

      there are always alternatives that are just as good. public should come to realise that the household brand names does not mean anything anymore when they have long ago been sold to these giants like unilever.

      • Garfield Hug Thursday October 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

        Yes…I have not tried and I must.

      • alifesgayventure Thursday October 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

        i just realised something. by rights the price in singapore should drop, because the S$ is strong. and those products are british. but will they drop their prices? ha. dream on. they never do, when the currency goes up they never lower the prices; but are quick to raise the price when the currency goes down. just for that i urge everyone to boycott them.

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