Unilever Buys TINE Danish Dairy Unit

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Unilever ( UL) has agreed to buy the Danish ice cream operations of Norwegian dairy group TINE to strengthen its position in the Danish ice cream market.

The value of the purchase agreement for Diplom-Is, the ice cream manufacturer, wasn't disclosed.

Unilever said Diplom-Is has a strong position in the out-of-home segment, such as amusement parks and ice cream bars, allowing Unilever to expand its ice cream offering and deepen its foothold in the Danish ice cream market.

Unilever's ice cream presence in Denmark dates back to 1930.

Unilever is also expected to announce on Wednesday a multimillion-dollar investment in San Francisco-based algae-oil harvester Solazyme, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The substance can be a substitute for palm oil -- an important ingredient for the food, soaps and lotions used by many consumer-goods companies. For companies like Unilever, the production of palm oil can be costly to both the environment and the company's image; thus companies such as Unilever have been seeking alternatives to it.

Shares of Unilever ADRs are up 1.9% to $27.28.

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