Unilever Nigeria Ceases Production and Sales of Home Care and Skin Cleansing Products

Unilever Nigeria Ceases Production and Sales of Home Care and Skin Cleansing Products

Cessation of Home Care and Skin Cleansing Products:

Unilever Nigeria has officially halted the production and sale of its home care and skin cleansing products, marking the realization of its exit strategy from these markets.

This decision comes approximately 10 months after the company initially declared its intention to withdraw from both segments.

Disclosure in Financial Statements:

The company communicated this significant development through its unaudited interim financial statements for the year, which were recently published on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

In these statements, Unilever Nigeria provided insights into the cessation of production and sales in the specified product categories.

Timeline of Exit Decision:

Unilever Nigeria’s initial announcement regarding the discontinuation of home care and skin-cleansing brands, encompassing well-known names such as Omo, Sunlight, and Lux, was made on March 17, 2023.

According to the company’s earnings report, the actual cessation of production and sales occurred in December 2023.

Factory Leasing and Transition:

In response to the exit from home care and skin cleansing, Unilever Nigeria revealed that the factory previously dedicated to manufacturing these products has been leased to a third party.

The leasing agreement spans a duration of 10 years, with stipulated annual rental payments.

Remaining Business Focus:

Following the cessation, Unilever Nigeria’s operational focus narrows down to its remaining business segments, namely foods, beauty and wellbeing, and personal care products.

This strategic shift reflects the company’s commitment to a streamlined product portfolio aligned with its core areas of expertise.

Financial Implications:

The company’s departure from the home care and skin-cleansing markets was accompanied by a prior downturn in revenue and an escalation in losses, as reported in its financial performance before the strategic exit.


Unilever Nigeria’s decisive move to conclude production and sales in specific product categories underscores the importance of strategic realignment in response to market dynamics.

The leasing of the manufacturing facility signifies a practical transition strategy, allowing the company to optimize resources and refocus on core business segments.