Unilever in Puerto Rico
Unilever de Puerto Rico makes its mark in the "Island of Enchantment."
A Proud History
In 1859, Robert August Chesebrough became interested in stories he was hearing about workers in the oil fields who had found a miraculous substance – a by product of petroleum. It was said that the product was particularly useful in healing cuts and burns. After years of research, he developed the product and called it “Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.”
On July 1 1955, the companies Chesebrough Manufacturing Company and Pond’s Extract Company merged to form Chesebrough-Pond’s Inc. In this same year, the distribution of products from Chesebrough-Pond’s Inc began in Puerto Rico through the local distributor, General Sales.
Unilever de Puerto Rico is born
In 1963, Chesebrough-Pond’s Inc acquired General Sales and in 1970 changed the name of the distributor to Pond’s de Puerto Rico, making it part of the international division of Chesebrough-Pond’s. In 1986, Chesebrough-Pond’s was acquired by Unilever and in 1989, Lever Export Company merged with Pond’s de Puerto Rico to form a single entity. Unilever’s formal presence in Puerto Rico, the "island of enchantment" was therefore born. The company became part of the business unit Unilever Military Export (UMEX), which was managed by Unilever United States. In 1990, the company changed its name to Unilever de Puerto Rico Inc, its current operating name.
Since then, through several acquisitions such as Fabergé (1990), Continental Foods - affiliate of Lipton Caribbean (1991), Bestfoods (2000) and Helene Curtis (2002), Unilever de Puerto Rico has continuously expanded its product portfolio to add vitality to the lives of Puerto Rican consumers. Today the company markets over 30 brands to over 4 million Puerto Ricans through its direct sales force and a network of 4 distributors. To learn more about the brands offered by Unilever de Puerto Rico, please visit “Our Brands” section.
Active in its community
Unilever de Puerto Rico is also active in its community supporting a number of causes annually such as the Susan G. Komen “Run for the Cure” drive against Breast Cancer and the United Way “Regala un Día” annual drive in which employees donate their day to help those in need. For more information about Unilever de Puerto Rico’s community involvement, please visit the “Sustainability” section.