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What is the history of the company that made Lux soap flakes?

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Unilever, a corporation created by the European companies Lever Brothers and Margarine Unie produced Lux soap flakes from 1924 to 2002. Prior to the introduction of Lux soap flakes, Lever Brothers introduced Sunlight soap flakes in 1899. These were the first soap flakes that allowed consumers to wash clothes without chipping soap from a bar.

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Jurgens and Van den Bergh were two butter-producing families who developed thriving export businesses selling butter to the United Kingdom. During the 1870s, both families developed an interest in producing margarine using beef fat and milk, a product that could be mass produced and sold at a lower price than butter. In 1927, Jurgens and Van den Bergh joined forces with other United Kingdom margarine manufacturers to form Margarine Unie. During this time, Lever Brothers purchased other companies as well. Both the margarine manufactures and soap makers needed animal fats to make their products. In the late 1920s, these companies began negotiations to merge as Unilever. The company began operation under the new name Jan. 1, 1930. With the passing of time, Unilever has changed the formulation of its products and acquired new lines. Detergents have replaced soaps in laundry use and vegetable oils have replaced beef fat in margarine. The company has continued to grow, but it discontinued products such as Lux soap flakes when consumer demand dropped.

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