• Nicky Sparshott, Unilever CEO ANZ.
    Nicky Sparshott, Unilever CEO ANZ.

Unilever ANZ has announced it would donate more than $2m worth of essential food, home, and personal care products to Foodbank.

The announcement marked the return of Unilever’s Lifebuoy sanitiser brand to Australia, with the company donating $1m worth of the aerosol sanitiser. In addition, the company will donate $1m worth of essential homecare, personal care, and food products to Foodbank to distribute across Australia, including leading household brands Comfort; Sunsilk; Love Beauty and Planet; Simple; and Continental.

Nicky Sparshott, Unilever CEO ANZ
Nicky Sparshott, Unilever CEO ANZ

The company will redirect existing deodorant production facilities to help meet national demand for the cleaning product. The new 150-millilitre aerosol hand sanitiser contains 70 per cent alcohol and kills 99.99 per cent of germs without water. It will be manufactured in New South Wales.

Nicky Sparshott, the recently-appointed CEO of Unilever ANZ, said, “Unilever has a long history of contributing to personal hygiene in Australia and New Zealand and across the world – beginning with the creation of Sunlight soap by Lord Lever in the late 1880s.

“We believe we have a social, medical, and moral obligation to make hand hygiene readily available. That’s why we’re responding to government calls to action to increase supply of essential products by rapidly innovating and re-directing some of our Australian manufacturing.”

Food & Drink Business

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Keg rental company Kegstar has appointed Stephen Hopkins as its new general manager for Australia and New Zealand.