Starbucks to sell assets of the Tazo brand to Unilever for $384 million

Starbucks to sharpen its focus on its up-leveled tea strategy with Teavana, furthering its growth and innovation in the super premium tea category

Seattle, 2017-Nov-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced entry into a definitive agreement for Unilever to acquire the assets of the Tazo brand including its signature recipes, intellectual property and inventory for $384 million. In turn, Starbucks will drive a single tea brand strategy and focus with its super premium tea brand, Teavana.

Founded in 1994, and purchased by Starbucks in 1999 for $8.1 million, Tazo is an iconic tea brand sold primarily in grocery, mass and convenience channels, offered in formats including packaged teas, K-Cup® pods, and bottled ready-to-drink teas.

Starbucks will continue to invest in the growth, innovation and development of the Teavana brand of teas in its stores and in channels outside its stores. The tea category in Starbucks stores continues to grow double-digits globally, with Starbucks well on its way to building the Teavana business to over $3B over the next five years. In the past 12 months alone, Starbucks has sold more than $1.6B of Teavana beverages in Starbucks stores, launched ready-to-drink premium Teavana® Craft Iced Teas through its partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev and plans to enter the packaged tea category in 2018.

“Over the past five years, we have established Teavana as our primary global brand focused on the premium tea segment. With our growth strategy for premium tea exclusively focused on Teavana, we are pleased to transition our Tazo business to Unilever,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer, Starbucks. “We continue to see significant growth in our tea business through our Teavana brand, and this transition supports our strategy to elevate the premium tea experience for our customers.”

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth calendar quarter of 2017, with complete transition between the two companies by the end of calendar year 2018, subject to regulatory approval.

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Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at and

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Unilever teams up with Accenture to create a single system for trade and marketing operations

Agreement with Accenture and Salesforce includes single system for distributor management using Accenture NewsPage

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Unilever, a global consumer goods company, has signed a deal with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to implement Accenture Cloud Trade Promotion Management (TPM) and Accenture Cloud Retail Execution (RE) to create a single system for trade and marketing operations.

Built on the Salesforce platform, the Accenture Cloud solutions combine Accenture’s front-office consumer goods industry expertise and Salesforce’s #1 CRM solution with built-in cloud, mobile, social, data science and artificial intelligence capabilities. By moving to the cloud solution, Unilever will be able to integrate its mobile applications, unify its front and back-office information, and enhance its trade and sales activities.

Accenture has also been selected to provide Accenture NewsPage allowing Unilever to simultaneously build a single system for the management of their third-party distributor network.

“Today’s consumers are better connected, better informed and more digitally savvy, making them more prone to switching and harder to please, so consumer packaged goods companies need to work ever more closely with their customer partners to drive growth.” said John Zealley, senior managing director of Accenture’s Consumer Goods & Services group. “We are delighted to work with Unilever to help drive digital connections with their customers through our enhanced and integrated front-office capabilities. By using knowledge of consumer preferences and their evolving demands, Unilever is clearly adapting to the changing market and is well positioned to maintain a market leading position.”

“This agreement is a strategic decision based on the skills and capabilities Accenture and Salesforce have in the technology and digital arena, as well as a long track record of successful partnership.” said Gonzalo Esposto, Global IT Vice President at Unilever.  “We hold a leading position in the marketplace across the majority of our 400 brands and enhancing our trade and sales activities will help us strengthen this position. In addition, the implementation of Accenture Cloud will help us close the loop between planning and execution to drive sales and improve customer loyalty and bring our IT costs down.”

“We are living in the age of the customer, where everyone and everything is becoming connected in new and exciting ways,” said Cindy Bolt, SVP, Salesforce Industries, Manufacturing and Consumer Goods. “Consumer goods companies, like Unilever, that take advantage of these new cloud, mobile, social and data science technologies, such as those offered by Accenture Cloud TPM and Accenture Cloud RE, will not only be able to deliver seamless customer experiences, but also create new sources of revenue as well.”

Unilever on NewsPage
Unilever will implement distributor management system, Accenture NewsPage, across their global organisation, starting with the Indian market. The implementation of the software will help Unilever improve productivity, streamline inventory and get accurate, reliable data on their sales through all third party and distributors.

Accenture Cloud TPM and Accenture Cloud RE in collaboration with Salesforce
Accenture Cloud TPM and Accenture Cloud RE were designed in collaboration with some of the world’s leading consumer goods companies and provides an integrated software suite that spans a company’s sales process and operations. By building on the Salesforce platform, Accenture Cloud TPM and Accenture Cloud RE helps new and existing clients integrate mobile applications into their trade promotion and retail execution processes, unify their front- and back-office information and enhance their trade and sales activities.

Accenture was one of the first global companies to establish a strategic alliance partnership with Salesforce, and continues to grow and strengthen its position as a leading ecosystem partner. Whether working with Salesforce on the launch of Salesforce Einstein, introducing more than a dozen new industry solutions to date or training one of the largest ecosystem workforces, with more than 9,500 Salesforce skilled professionals, Accenture’s ongoing investment in building deep specialist skills and leading capabilities is unique in the Salesforce ecosystem.

The Cloud First Applications team—which delivers cloud services for Salesforce and other “pure play” cloud technologies—Accenture has continued investing in its Cloud First agenda by making major moves to expand its position as the leading enterprise cloud services provider, by increasing Salesforce capabilities in particular. Accenture was recently positioned as the overall leader in the “as-a-Service Winners’ Circle” in the HfS Blueprint Report: Salesforce Services 2017 for its excellence in both innovation and execution. The report assessed 12 service providers of Salesforce services related to planning, implementation, management, operations and optimization, and named Accenture as “clear leader in scale” with “the largest Salesforce services practice” in the Salesforce ecosystem.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

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Unilever, hypermart to build better world for children through the 2nd campaign of BrightFuture

Lippo Village, Tangerang, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A good future for the next generations is important to be prepared from an early age of the children in Indonesia and around the world. Recognizing the importance of this issue, Unilever re-invite hypermart in a collaboration to build a better world for children through the 2nd campaign of BrightFuture, themed “So Long Old World”. The campaign aims for consumers to be active in doing the real things to build a brighter future for all of us. Unilever and hypermart invite consumers to be aware of and playing an important role in creating a better world.

“So Long Old World” wants to engage the society to abandon the pessimistic perspective about our world that is full of problems; and building a new and better world, especially for our children. A world where children can grow in a sustainable environment, healthy and live a happy childhood.

Maria Dewantini Dwianto, Head of Corporate Communications of PT Unilever Indonesia stated, “The product selections that used every day and consumer lifestyles are two things that are very influential in determining what our world in the future will be. We believe in the strength of consumers, our brands will be able to make a positive change for future generations. ”

Together with hypermart, Unilever invites customers through 115 of hypermart outlets in 64 cities to directly participate actively in implementing this campaign.

Director of Public Relations & Communications of PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa), Danny Kojongian welcomes the initiative campaign of brightFuture ‘So Long Old World’. “This activity is in line with the CSR mission of our company that is contributing on social responsibility in the preservation of the environment and the development of children education. We believe that hypermart’s consumers have a major role to be able to create a better world, therefore we wish all hypermart customers and Indonesian to participate actively in this program. ”

This campaign will run from October 6, 2016 to November 1, 2016. During the campaign period, each specific purchase of Unilever products at hypermart include; Lifebuoy, Pepsodent, Blue band, Domestos, Vixal and Rinso, consumers will automatically donate Rp. 500, – to improve or complement the playground facilities.

The playground will be refurbished in five cities in Indonesia, namely; Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Makassar and Yogyakarta. Facilities to be repaired or completed include, hand washing facilities / education on how to wash your hands, hygienic toilet facilities / cleaning equipment, playing facilities and also some educational materials on nutrition as well as how to brush teeth.

About PT Matahari Putra Prima Tbk (mppa)

PT Matahari Putra Prima one of Indonesia largest retailers employs more than 13,000 associates who serve customers in 112 Hypermarkets (hypermart), 25 Supermarkets (foodmart PRIMO/Fresh), 52 Minimarket/ Convenience stores (fmx), 106 Health and Beauty format stores (boston) and 2 Wholesale (SmartClub). As of 30 June 2016, MPPA operates 297 stores in 68 cities throughout Indonesia.

MPPA continues to receive both domestic and international acknowledgement with several awards such as: 2016 SWA 100: Indonesia’s Best Wealth Creator, 2016 Brandz™ Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesia Brands by Millward Brown & WPP, The Charter Award concerning the environmental standards from Ecolabel & Green Label Indonesia by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia, 2015 Indonesia WOW Brand by MarkPlus Inc, 2015 Top 50 Most Valuable Indonesian Brands by Millward Brown, 2015 Indonesia Best eMark Award by SWA & Telkom University, and 2015 Top 10 Retailers Certificate of Distinction by Retail Asia.

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Unilever and Walgreens partner to help provide 15 million gallons of clean water to developing communities

Purchase of Select Unilever Products at Walgreens to Trigger Donation of Clean Water Overseas*

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NEW JERSEY, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Announced today, Unilever and Walgreens have joined forces for the first time with Me to We to provide customers with a new way to make a positive impact on the world through everyday purchases. Give H2OPE to Others (#GiveH2OPE) enables Walgreens customers to make a life-changing difference for children and families in need. Beginning July 26 and through Sept. 30, purchases made at Walgreens of select Unilever TRESemmé ®, Suave® or Caress® products will help provide up to 15 million gallons of clean water to developing communities.

“Walgreens is dedicated to championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, and by offering programs that reflect this mission we aim to make it easy for customers to take part and help make a difference,” said Walgreens President Alex Gourlay.  “We look forward to supporting our customers as they participate in this meaningful cause to make a true impact.”

A unique collaboration between the consumer packaged goods, retail and non-profit sectors, Give H2OPE to Othersleverages a sustainable international development model to help benefit families in rural areas. The program will engage consumers with brands they know and love, while empowering them to make a difference through simple actions taken at home. The donation from one Unilever product purchase will supply five gallons of clean water to families and communities in rural Kenya.

“At Unilever, we believe a purpose-driven business can drive profit and positive social impact,” said Todd Tillemans, Corporate SVP, President Customer Development, Unilever. “We’re also seeing results that map against this belief, as we watch our brands with a strong social purpose become larger business drivers. This partnership is yet another proof point of our commitment to creating a bright future for the next generations, and  is an example of our continued work to build a movement nationwide that inspires Americans to take small actions every day that can add up to making a big difference.”

The partnership ladders up to sustainability initiatives that are priorities for both Unilever and Walgreens, and was designed to help show that even the smallest steps can have a large-scale social impact – such as making purchase decisions that positively impact others. The donations triggered from these purchases will supply clean water that helps reduce the incidence of waterborne disease and illness, and will cut time spent collecting water – allowing students to spend more time in the classroom, and increase time spent towards productive activities like farming or working.

Launched in 2010, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) sets out to double the size of Unilever’s business while reducing the company’s environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. The company continues to make progress against the rigorous goals set forth in the plan, including enhancing livelihoods for millions around the world. This partnership with a retailer is the first time that the USLP has been realized through a direct impact tied to product purchase, encouraging consumers to join Unilever on their journey to pave the way for a bright future.

Walgreens today continues a long-standing tradition of meaningful corporate citizenship that addresses the evolving needs of its customers and communities. As part of its efforts to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens focuses on corporate social responsibility programs that impact the community, environment, workplace and marketplace.

Consumers will not only be contributing to the cause through their purchases, but also can track the impact to see how their actions contribute to the donation goal. The Me to We ‘Track Your Impact’ function at allows customers to enter the UPC code for each TRESemmé ®, Suave® or Caress® product purchased at Walgreens and see the effect their small action has.

“Clean water isn’t a luxury; it’s a basic human right. The Give H2OPE to Others campaign will provide five gallons of clean water that can be used for drinking, basic household activities and drip irrigation for household gardens,” says Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder, Me to We.  “This partnership will ultimately make a tremendous impact in the lives of so many families overseas, helping to break the cycle of poverty for many.”

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* Between 7/26/15 and 9/30/15, for every purchase of a Suave®, TRESemmé® or Caress® product at participating Walgreens or Duane Reade, six cents will be donated to the Me to We Foundation, up to $200,000. The Me to We Foundation will allocate 100% of all funds received to provide clean water to families through Free The Children. For more information about the Me to We Foundation, visit Purchases are not tax deductible. Not valid in Puerto Rico or US Virgin Islands.


About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Refreshments, Home and Personal Care products with sales in more than 190 countries. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Fruttare, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe, TRESemmé and Vaseline.  All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating approximately $8.5 billion in sales in 2014.  Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) aims to double the size of its business, while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. The USLP is Unilever’s strategic response to the challenges businesses face operating in an uncertain and volatile world. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

All of Unilever’s global factory network, as well as its US non-manufacturing facilities and dedicated distribution centers, have achieved zero non-hazardous waste to landfill status.

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About Walgreens
Walgreens (, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,240 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes,,, and Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About Me to We and the Me to We Foundation
Me to We is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious products and services, to help individuals change the world through daily choices.  The work of Me to We and the Me to We Foundation supports international development partner Free The Children’s holistic and sustainable international development model that works to remove barriers to education and to empower communities overseas to break the cycle of poverty. With two decades of experience in countries around the world, we have helped to empower substantial and sustainable change for entire communities.

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