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Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is India’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company, touching the lives of two out of three Indians with over 20 distinct categories in Home & Personal Care Products and Foods & Beverages. The company’s Turnover is Rs. 20, 239 crores (for the 15 month period – January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009).

Hindustan Unilever was recently rated among the top four companies globally in the list of “Global Top Companies for Leaders” by a study sponsored by Hewitt Associates, in partnership with Fortune magazine and the RBL Group. The company was ranked number one in the Asia-Pacific region and in India.

Major corporate events (Milestone)
Year Events

1888 William Hesketh Lever launches Sunlight Soap in England. His newly-found company, Lever Brothers, starts exporting the laundry soap to India
1918 Launches Vanaspati(hydrogenated edible fat) imports to India
1930 Unilever created with the merger of Lever Brothers and Margarine Unie, Netherlands
1931 Unilever registers Hindustan Vanaspati Manufacturing Company (HVM) to manufacture Vanaspati domestically
1933 Lever Brothers India Limited (LBIL) incorporated in India to manufacture soaps
1935 United Traders Limited (UTL) incorporated in India to market personal care products
1956 Three subsidiaries, HVM, LBIL and UTL, merge to form Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL)
1958 Opnes Hindustan Lever Research Centre
1979 Commissions chemical complex in Haldia, West Bengal
1993 HLL merges with its largest competitor, Tata Oil Mills Company (TOMCO). The erstwhile Brooke Bond India acquires the Kissan business from the UB Group and Cadbury’s Dollops ice-cream business. Doom Dooma and tea estates divisions merge with Brooke Bond. Brooke Bond and erstwhile Lipton India merge to form Brooke Bond Lipton India Limited
1995 HLL and Indian cosmetics major, Lakme Ltd, form 50:50 joint venture, Lakme Lever Ltd. HLL acquires the Ravi Ghai Group’s Kwality and Milkfood brands and distribution assets
1996 HLL and associate company, Brooke Bond Lipton India, became among the top two food and beverage companies in India
1998 Group company, Pond’s India Ltd, merges with HLL. HLL acquires the Lakme brand, factories and Lakme Ltd’s 50% equity in Lakme Lever Ltd. HLL acquires manufacturing rights of Kwality ice cream
Hindustan Lever

Hindustan Lever-Organisation Chart

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