Food company Unilever sells its tea division, including Lipton. The iced tea is preserved. A spokesperson reports this in an explanation of the quarterly figures that the company published Thursday.

Earlier this year, it became clear that Unilever was reviewing its tea activities. The company has now decided to separate its hot tea activities. This includes the Lipton and Pukka brands, which have been available from Albert Heijn for some time.

The activities in India and Indonesia will remain part of the group. The ice cream branch also remains on board. The spin-off process should be completed by the end of 2021. It is not yet entirely clear whether the part will become fully independent or whether a separate part will remain within Unilever.

In the second quarter, the company generated sales of 13.3 billion euros, which was 3.3 percent less than in the same period last year.

Earlier this quarter, the company announced that it now only wants to be British on paper. It still has two head offices in London and Rotterdam. The latter will no longer be a head office in the future, but will remain in use.