The system should "promote media neutrality," a spokesman said, and jibe with the company's increasingly varied marketing plans. The move comes after Unilever announced today it will reduce 8,000 jobs, in addition to the 25,000 originally planned, as part of the consolidation of its Bestfoods acquisition. The consolidation means an unspecified reduction in the marketing staff, affecting both former Bestfoods and Unilever employees, in Unilever's New Jersey headquarters. -- Jack Neff
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