Belfast Telegraph

Unilever products back on shelves at Musgrave stores

By John Mulligan

Products from consumer goods giant Unilever have returned to Centra, Mace and SuperValu stores after a pricing dispute was resolved. Cork-based retail group Musgrave, which controls the chains in Northern Ireland and the Republic, yesterday said it had reached an agreement with Unilever following a pricing row.

There are around 200 convenience stores in Northern Ireland that are supplied through the Musgrave group.

Unilever wanted to increase the prices it charges Musgrave for a selection of its products, but the Cork business refused to accept the move.

That prompted Unilever to initially stop selling Musgrave any items from its huge brand portfolio, which includes well-known products such as Lyons Tea, Dove, HB and Lynx.

The price increases were being sought by Unilever despite the fall in sterling.

Musgrave and Unilever said yesterday that they had reached a "satisfactory conclusion" to talks, and all Unilever products were again being supplied to the company's stores.

Unilever had a recent spat with Tesco in the UK, also over pricing.

The pair also eventually reached an agreement.

The company told Tesco it would increase prices across all its brands by up to 10% as the weaker pound made products more expensive.

Belfast Telegraph