Unilever is one of those big, old companies that people rarely think about but seldom manage to escape.

If you have ever slathered yourself in Dove soap, washed down toast and Marmite with a cup of PG Tips, smeared Vaseline on your lips or scoffed a Pot Noodle, you have entered the world of Unilever.

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The British-Dutch group's goods are so rife it is