December 2, 2000 |
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., said he will quit the ice cream company unless its new corporate parent Unilever names a co-chief executive steeped in the company's social mission. Unilever rejected the CEO candidate Cohen and co-founder Jerry Greenfield backed for the top spot at the South Burlington, Vt.-based ice cream maker. Cohen and Greenfield still are employed by the company, but they are not involved in its day-to-day operations.
November 21, 2000 |
A Unilever executive was appointed chief executive at Ben & Jerry's in what may mean an exit for the ice cream company's co-founders. Yves Couette was installed by Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch food conglomerate that bought South Burlington, Vt.-based Ben & Jerry's in August. He replaces Perry Odak.
October 28, 2000 |
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. is recalling 80,000 pints of Peanut Butter Cup ice cream because they may contain nuts other than peanuts. The South Burlington-based company issued a nationwide allergy alert for pints with expiration dates before Oct. 26, 2001. Pints dated after that are labeled as possibly containing the nuts. Only individuals who are allergic to tree nuts risk a reaction from eating the ice cream, company officials said. So far, six consumers have reported allergic reactions.
May 3, 2000 |
Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant that reached deals to acquire SlimFast Foods Co. and Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. last month, also made an unsolicited $18.41-billion cash bid for Bestfoods, the maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise and Skippy peanut butter disclosed. Bestfoods said in a letter to Unilever executives that after reviewing the proposal, its board rejected the offer as "financially inadequate" and not in the best interests of shareholders.
April 13, 2000 |
Unilever wants both Chunky Monkey and the just plain chunky. The food and consumer-products giant confirmed speculation Wednesday and agreed to buy quirky ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. for $326 million. Unilever then added an ironic twist by agreeing to buy the weight-loss company Slim-Fast Foods Co. for $2.3 billion. Ben & Jerry's, based in South Burlington, Vt.
April 8, 2000 |
Shares of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. rose nearly 5% on reports that Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. sweetened its takeover offer for the socially active maker of such upscale ice cream flavors as Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Phish Food. Neither Ben & Jerry's nor Oakland-based Dreyer's would comment on a Wall Street Journal report that Dreyer's had offered to buy Ben & Jerry's for $35 to $38 a share in stock. A few months ago, Dreyer's offered $31 a share.