In the Netherlands, Jurgens and Van den Bergh open their first factories to produce margarine.
Lever & Co starts producing Sunlight soap.
Knorr – which will become part of Unilever – launches soup tablets with meat extract to provide nutritious food for low-income consumers.
By the end of this year Lever & Co is making 450 tons of Sunlight soap a week and William Lever buys the site on which he'll build Port Sunlight – a large factory on the banks of the Mersey opposite Liverpool, with a purpose-built village for its workers providing a high standard of housing, amenities and leisure facilities.
Jurgens and Van den Bergh both move into another prosperous market, Germany, and build factories there.
Lever & Co becomes a limited company – Lever Brothers Ltd.
Van den Bergh moves to new headquarters in Rotterdam.
To support and promote the growing interest in personal hygiene, Lever & Co creates an affordable new product – Lifebuoy Soap.
Lever Brothers becomes a public company.
In the UK Lever Brothers is selling nearly 40 000 tons of Sunlight soap a year and starts expanding into Europe, America and the British colonies with factories, export businesses and plantations.
By this time Van den Bergh already has a 750-strong salesforce and launches a new branded margarine – Vitello.
Lever Brothers introduces a new type of product, Sunlight Flakes – which makes housework easier than with the traditional hard soap bars. In 1900 Sunlight Flakes would become Lux Flakes.