Iran, Tehran, Dec. 11, 2017


Tehran, Dec 11 - Unilever Iran and Golestan Co. signed a joint venture partnership agreement on Wednesday Nov 29th whose mission is to locally manufacture and sell foods products in the country.

The new joint venture company will develop, manufacture, market and sell new brands and line of food products in Iran market as part of this partnership. Additional details will be announced later".

“We are excited about the synergies that both businesses can leverage together in this partnership. Unilever’s global expertise in R&D, supply chain and marketing, combined with Golestan’s expertise in Foods, local manufacturing and distribution capabilities, makes this partnership attractive for us and strengthens our contribution to Iran. ” said Özgür Kölükfakı, General Manager Unilever Iran and Central Asia and Caucasia.

“As a company, we’re very delighted and happy to initiate this great partnership with a globally well-known company. Us joining hands together will absolutely multiple our efforts in this very journey and will bring in a much brighter future for us, our consumers and our nation as whole. I wish this Joint Venture all the best and prosperity”. Said Ahmad Nasiripour, Managing Director of Golestan Company.

About Unilever Iran:

Unilever began importing products into Iran in 2001. In 2003 it got registered as Unilever Iran legal entity.. Unilever Iran established its factory in Qazvin in the same year starting local production. Today, Unilever Iran continues to build employment opportunities, as of today Unilever Iran has 400 employees. At present, Lipton teabags, Lux soap, Omo powder and liquid detergents and home care products of Cif and Domestos are being produced in our Qazvin factory. Unilever plans to expand its local production footprint in the country.
Unilever Iran has embedded sustainability and social responsibility through its brands investing into community. A great example is Domestos School Hygiene Project which aims to raise awareness of proper hygiene practices among school children. Also, Unilever factory in Qazvin reached zero landfill status in 2014.
For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit http://www.unileveriran.ir

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. It has 169,000 employees and generated sales of €52.7 billion in 2016. Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes all over the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum and Lynx.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company’s strategy and commits to:

* Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
* Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
* Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

The USLP creates value by driving growth and trust, eliminating costs and reducing risks. The company’s sustainable living brands are growing 50% faster than the rest of the business and delivered more than 60% of the company’s growth in 2016.
Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2017 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the seventh year running. Unilever has pledged to become carbon positive in its operations by 2030.
For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com. For more information on the USLP: www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/

About Golestan Co.

Since the beginning of 1950s, Golestan built up its foundation on Tea trade and manufacturing and was finally incorporated as “Golestan Co” in the early 60s.

Decades over decades, Golestan travelled the road of committing in hygiene importance, high morals, business principles and strived to provide healthy food products. Today, as a pioneer in manufacturing and logistics in the country, with over 400 SKUs in its portfolio and 2,500 employees, Golestan adheres to producing best quality foods and with it, to perform its duties in improving higher standard health culture for the nation.
However, Golestan’s mission never stopped there and embedded in its corporate culture, the company has built and maintained many schools around the country, elderly and children care and rehabilitation centers, as well as undergone constructing country’s largest hospital with a single purpose to pay its debts and duties to the society and do whatever it possibly can to continue contributing and developing a healthier community.
For more information about Golestan and its brands, please visit http://www.golestan.com

For media enquiries of Unilever please contact:
Nazanin Moradi
Tel: (+98) 912 816 7787
Email: nazanin.moradi@unileveriran.com

For media enquiries of Golestan please contact:
Mahdieh Davoodi
Tel. (+98) 912 319 4990
Email: mdavoodi@golestan.com