The Ben and Jerry’s UK Twitter account has been very vocal this week and this time it’s not about ice cream, it’s about politics!

That’s right, the ice cream brand has used its political voice to portray their opinion on a very big issue, the migrant crisis.

And now, everyone wants to know about the history of the well-loved brand – who actually owns Ben and Jerry’s?

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Who owns Ben and Jerry’s?

Ben and Jerry’s is currently owned by Unilever, a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company, headquartered in London and Rotterdam.

However, it all started back in 1978 when two men, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, opened an ice cream parlour in a renovated gas station in Vermont, USA.

It wasn’t actually until the year 2000 that Ben & Jerry’s became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever.

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Ben and Jerry’s started a Twitter war with Priti Patel

On August 11th, Ben and Jerry’s UK began a Twitter war with the Home Secretary over the ongoing migrant crisis.

They said: “Hey @PritiPatel we think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture. We pulled together a thread for you.”

Then, they continued to say that people “wouldn’t make dangerous journeys if they had any other choice” and “people cannot be illegal”.

This comes just after the government said that the UK may need to consider changing asylum laws in order to deter migrants from crossing the Channel and entering Britain.

Priti Patel did not respond to the tweets.

The tweets got mixed reactions

Many social media users have replied to Ben and Jerry’s tweets with their own opinions, and the results have been very mixed.

Some people have applauded Ben and Jerry’s discussion of politics online, with one person saying: “A must-read and really well put together thread. Got to love Ben & Jerry’s, an ethical company with a true social conscience.”

However, others criticised the ice cream company, arguing that the brand is still mainly US based and therefore the negative consequences of migration into the UK do not affect them.

Others argued that the migrants aren’t actually coming from war-torn countries as Ben and Jerry’s suggested, they are coming from France, making the arguments invalid.


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