Consumer Products

  • Heard on the Street

Trian Partners has taken a stake in the maker of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The British company may prove a tougher nut to crack than Procter & Gamble.

January 24, 2022

  • Earnings

Its quarterly sales rose 6%, led by health and cleaning products, with price increases accounting for half of the jump.

January 20, 2022

  • Business

Unilever said it approached GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer about a potential acquisition of their consumer-healthcare joint venture, a deal that would reshape the company’s portfolio as it is under pressure to accelerate growth.

January 15, 2022

  • Markets

A blank-check company backed by British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is merging with natural-consumer-products seller Grove Collaborative to take it public in a deal the companies value at $1.5 billion.

December 8, 2021

  • Business

The maker of Nescafé coffee and Purina petfood said it would sell 22.26 million L’Oréal shares back to the French company, allowing the world’s biggest packaged-food maker to capitalize on a rally in the beauty giant’s share price.

December 8, 2021

  • Business

Gojo Industries, the family-owned maker of Purell hand sanitizer, has added a factory and warehouse and restructured its supply chain, expecting consumers’ new hygiene habits are here to stay.

January 22, 2021

  • Business

General Electric is getting out of the business of making lightbulbs, selling a unit that defined the company for nearly a century and was its last direct link to consumers.

May 27, 2020

  • Markets

Tupperware Brands is looking to ease its debt burden, entering a new phase in its effort to turn around a business struggling with coronavirus lockdowns and shifts in shopping habits.

May 26, 2020

  • Logistics Report

Trucking companies that deliver goods to manufacturers are cutting pay, reducing hours for workers and pulling back spending as an initial bump in demand for consumer products gives way to a deepening economic downturn.

April 7, 2020

  • Wilczek's Universe

The physicist Freeman Dyson, who died in late February, believed that scientific ingenuity would find a way to save the planet.

March 19, 2020

  • Heard on the Street

The fastest way for consumer-product manufacturers to improve sales growth—their No. 1 priority—is to unload unfashionable brands that are dragging down their performance. So it is a puzzle why they are selling so little.

January 24, 2020


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