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Thursday 05 October, 2000


Unilever Stmnt re Acquisition

4 October 2000

Unilever Completes Bestfoods Acquisition

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2000 -- Unilever is pleased to announce that, with all
conditions having been satisfied, the acquisition of Bestfoods has today been

UNILEVER BACKGROUND:  Unilever is one of the world's largest consumer products
companies with sales in excess of $45 billion.  It produces and markets a wide
range of foods, home and personal care products.  Unilever operates in 88
countries around the globe and employs 255,000 people.

In the United States, Unilever sales exceeded $8 billion in 1999.  It employs
22,000 people and has 72 offices and manufacturing sites in 24 states.  Two of
Unilever's 12 global Business Groups are headquartered in the United States. 
Some of their major products are: Foods - North America: Lipton teas, soups,
recipe products and side dishes; Wish-Bone salad dressings; Lawry's seasonings
and specialty sauces; Imperial, Promise, Country Crock, 'I Can't Believe It's
Not Butter!', Brummel & Brown spreads and sprays; Ragu pasta and pizza sauces;
Five Brothers premium pasta sauces; Klondike, Good-Humor, Popsicle, Breyers and
Ben & Jerry's ice cream products, Gorton's frozen seafood products and Slim-Fast
nutritional and health snack products.  Unilever Home and Personal Care - North
America: Wisk, 'all' and Surf laundry detergents; Snuggle and Final Touch fabric
softeners; Sunlight dish detergents; Lever 2000, Caress, Dove and Shield bar
soaps; Pond's and Vaseline skin care products; Q-tips cotton swabs and cotton
balls; Mentadent, Aim, Close-up and Pepsodent oral care products; Degree, Suave
and Brut deodorant/toiletry products; Finesse, Salon Selectives, Suave,
ThermaSilk, Aqua Net and Rave hair care products; and Calvin Klein and Elizabeth
Arden cosmetic and fragrance products.  In addition, DiverseyLever, a global
professional cleaning business, operates in North America, supplying
professional cleaning materials and services to institutional and industrial

CONTACT: John T. Gould, Jr., 212/906-4694, Unilever, New York


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