Unilever Detergent Powder With No Water Insolubles Competition

Unilever is seeking solutions to address one of the key issues faced by consumers using detergent powder:

  • presence of insoluble residues which connote poor value and product quality.

To achieve this, they are looking at alternatives to current insoluble coating/layering aids.

Sustainability Partnerships and Open Innovation Submission Portal hosted and managed by yet2.com on behalf of Unilever. In this Portal, you will be able to submit details of your innovations and solutions to Unilever WANTS and Competitions. All the information you provide will be evaluated and the process managed by yet2.com to provide you a consistent point of contact during the submission process. We request that all information you provide in these initial stages imposes no obligation of confidentiality for Unilever or yet2.com. If your submission passes our screening criteria, all your details will be passed to Unilever for further internal detailed review. Prior to any confidential discussions, you will be asked to sign a separate, further Agreement with Unilever so that any confidential information, that is subsequently shared, is protected.

Main Requirements

  • The coating/layering material should have high resistance to gain moisture from humid environment but should ideally be also be water soluble during use by consumer.
  • Cost effective, or comparable to current coating/layering technologies
  • Stable, compatible in detergent formulations
  • Ideally a formulation solution but open to processing intervention with minimal capital expenditure

Desired Outcome

  • Powder with no insolubles, good dissolution profile, good shelf life and no caking issues

What we are not interested in

  • Ingredients with Safety concerns
  • Changes to powder sensories (e.g. fragrance, dissolution, foam)

Awards:- There will be no reward for your submission on Technical Challenges in the initial stages. However if Unilever decide to pursue a submission, they will proceed with a mutually agreed contract and therefore related commercial terms on a case by case basis. This could include for example (but not limited to) product supply, license, Joint Venture, technology acquisition, patent acquisition etc.
In the case of Competitions, rewards will be detailed in advance as part of the competition terms.

Deadline:- Ongoing

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