A new production hall has been added to the ice cream factory of Unilever Hungary in Veszprém, doubling the production capacity of Magnum ice cream with sticks, the director of corporate relations of Unilever Hungary told the state news agency MTI on Friday.
Kálmán Molnár said that a new production line has been installed in the 3,400-square-meter hall, the investment is worth around HUF 10 billion. The current annual production capacity of 80 million liters will be increased by 15 million liters, with an annual capacity of 110 million liters planned by 2026.
The inauguration of the production hall also marks the 30th anniversary of Unilever's Veszprém unit, the director said, recalling that at the beginning the production capacity was 5 million liters per year.
The company had invested EUR 200 million in Hungary by 2020, with a further EUR 100 million invested in the Veszprém plant and the Nyírbátor household chemical factory between 2020 and 2025, he added.
Magnum products account for a third of Unilever's ice cream sales in Europe. The new production line can make 720 sticks of Magnum ice cream per minute. This year, the Veszprém plant will produce around 600 million ice creams.
Unilever's Hungarian subsidiary, which has been operating for 121 years, was established in 1991. Unilever Hungary Ltd., together with the companies in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, is part of the Hungary and Adriatic Region Group, headquartered in Budapest.
Unilever has three factories in Hungary: the Nyírbátor Household Chemical Factory, the Veszprém Ice Cream Factory and the Röszke Food Factory. Unilever Hungary Ltd. employs more than 1,400 people in its Budapest office and in the three factories.
According to publicly available data, the company's net sales in 2021 were HUF 99.4 billion and its profit after tax was HUF 2.89 billion. In the previous year, it had a turnover of HUF 95.2 billion and a profit of HUF 2.61 billion.
Unilever is present in more than 190 countries and reaches 2.5 billion consumers every day, making it one of the leading global players in the food, cosmetics and household cleaning products markets. The company's turnover in 2021 was EUR 52 billion.
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