LONDON – Unilever, like many other food and beverage manufacturers, continues to benefit from consumers staying close to home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward, management believes demand for food-at-home will remain above pre-COVID levels even as more markets open as more people are vaccinated.

Foods & Refreshment unit sales were €4.7 billion ($5.7 billion) during the quarter, up from €4.4 billion ($5.3 billion) during the same period of the year before.

“Foods & Refreshment did have a very good quarter with nearly 10% USG (underlying sales growth), over 7% volume growth and good price growth at 2.3%,” said Alan W. Jope, chief executive officer, during an April 29 call with analysts. “In-home growth was again double-digit as demand for home cooking and especially ice cream remained high. Ben & Jerry’s continued its strong overall performance with growth over 30%. And Magnum grew double digits as we launched our…

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