Simply put, Unilever is just huge! The company websites states that they have more than 400 brands that are household names and 14 brands with sales over €1 billion. The five brand families of the the company include Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition, and Ice cream.
This article specifically covers Unilever’s remarkable assortment of ice cream brands. Once you get into their selection of ice cream offerings, you’ll likely be surprised by the sheer magnitude of the company’s ice cream product portfolio!
Unilever Ice Cream Brands
Ben & Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry was sold to Unilever in 2000. The founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, have maintained a non-managerial connection to the business after the sale.
Furthermore, Unilever agreed to maintain the social mission that Ben & Jerry’s developed for the company prior to the sale. One of its most recent flavors is called Change is Brewing (a cold brew coffee ice cream) which was made as part of the business work toward the advancement of racial justice.
William A. Breyer began Breyers out of his Philadelphia home in 1866 by producing hand-cranked ice cream. By 1918, Breyers was pumping out over 1 million gallons of ice cream per year for the U.S. market in the northeast.
The brand was acquired from Kraft by Unilever in 1993. Breyers continues to be one of the world’s most iconic ice cream brands making a generous assortment of ice cream flavor options.
Klondike is known for its classic tagline, “What would you do for a Klondike bar?”. The ice cream squares are highly recognizable by their silver wrappers and polar bear logo.
This ice cream was invented by Isaly Dairy in Ohio during the 1920s. It name comes from the river of the same name located in Yukon, Canada. Unilever gained the rights to Klondike in the early 1990s.
Magnum specializes in making Belgian chocolate covered ice cream bars. The bars are known for their smooth vanilla with a crackly chocolate coating. This brand was first released in Europe in 1989 as an ice cream bar brand designed for adults.
Over the years, Magnum has continued to innovate, offering a range of products from Magnum Mini to Magnum Non-Dairy, delighting people seeking a higher-end ice cream experience. This ice cream isn’t cheap but its well worth the price for many people who appreciate high-quality ingredients.
11-year-old Frank Epperson invented what would be called Popsicle ice pops in 1905. He created them by accident after he left soda in a cup with a stirring stick that happen to freeze overnight on his family’s porch. Epperson patented the name Popsicle in 1923.
The rights of Popsicle were acquired by a subsidiary of Unilever in 1989. Other recognizable brands associated with Popsicle are Creamsicle, Fudgsicle, and Firecrackers, among others.
Talenti is an American brand of gelato and sorbet that traces its roots back to a gelateria in Dallas, Texas that was established in 2003. The founder, Josh Hochschuler, drew inspiration for the brand from a traditional Argentine gelato-making method to create his recipes.
After closing the gelateria in 2005, Talenti shifted its focus to supplying gelato to restaurants, hotels, and eventually grocery stores.
In 2014, the brand was acquired by Unilever. Talenti continues to offer a wide range of delicious gelato and sorbet flavors enjoyed by consumers worldwide.
Wall’s (Heartbrand) is one of the largest ice cream brands that Unilever owns. The ice cream is sold under different names throughout the world. In the United States we know of it under the popular Good Humor brand name.
Wall’s was founded in 1786 as a London butcher. However, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that it started to produce ice cream to diversify into products that would sell in the summer months. The co-founders of what would be Unilever purchased Wall’s in 1922. Wall’s ice cream products can now be found in over 40 countries.
Wall’s portfolio of ice cream brands are as follows:
- Carte D’or
- Good Humor
- Soft Scoop