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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

Ben & Jerry’s Escalates Dispute With Unilever Over Israel Business

August 3, 2022 - from the Wall Street Journal

"Ben & Jerry’s ratcheted up its war of words with Unilever PLC, UL 0.52%▲ saying it had sued its parent company because it feared that left unchecked, the consumer-goods giant would undermine the ice-cream brand’s reputation and business.

"Ben & Jerry’s filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan in July, seeking to block Unilever’s sale of the ice-cream maker’s Israeli business to a licensee. Unilever’s move followed a rift over Ben & Jerry’s decision last year to end sales of its products in Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested East Jerusalem.

"On Wednesday, Ben & Jerry’s said its grievance with Unilever was about more than just the Israel issue, in a statement explaining its rationale for the lawsuit.

"Ben & Jerry’s said in its statement that Unilever had frozen the board’s compensation as a “pressure tactic” before a recent mediation between the two sides. Those talks ended unsuccessfully last week. A hearing on Ben & Jerry’s request for a temporary injunction to block Unilever’s sale of the brand’s Israel business is scheduled for Monday."


Ben & Jerry’s Sues Unilever Over Sale of Ice Cream Business in Israel

June 30, 2022 - from the Wall Street Journal

"Ben & Jerry’s is suing parent company Unilever to block the sale of its Israeli business to a licensee, the latest twist in a rift over the ice cream maker’s decision to end sales in Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested East Jerusalem.

"In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, Ben & Jerry’s said Unilever’s decision to sell the business in Israel last week was done without the approval of Ben & Jerry’s independent board of directors.

"The board held a special meeting on Friday in response to Unilever’s decision and voted 5-2 to file a lawsuit against its parent company, according to the complaint. Two Unilever appointees on the board were the dissenting votes, the lawsuit said."


Ben & Jerry’s Israel, Unilever reach deal to end settlement boycott

June 29, 2022 - from Times of Israel

"The Foreign and Economy ministries issue a joint statement welcoming an agreement reached between Ben & Jerry’s Israel and its parent company Unilever under which the former will be able to sell its ice cream in the West Bank.

"The agreement is the result of a settlement reached in a federal US lawsuit filed on behalf of Ben & Jerry’s Israel owner Avi Zinger by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

"As a result of the deal, Unilever has sold all of its business interests in Israel to Zinger, who will now be allowed to sell the ice cream on both sides of the Green Line, though no longer under the auspices of Unilever and the original Ben & Jerry’s, which made the decision to boycott.

"The Israeli branch will also sell its ice cream using Hebrew and Arabic labeling, as it no longer will be allowed to use Ben & Jerry’s original English branding."

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