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Unilever drops lawsuit against vegan mayonnaise maker

Unilever drops lawsuit against vegan mayonnaise maker

The mayo war was over before it even began.

Unilever, the multinational food giant behind Best Foods and Hellman’s mayonnaise, said Thursday that it was withdrawing a lawsuit against vegan start-up Hampton Creek.

The move comes less than six weeks after Unilever sued Hampton Creek for false advertising, alleging the San Francisco company’s Just Mayo sandwich spread was not real mayonnaise because it didn’t contain eggs.

The suit generated enormous media attention for the largely unknown Hampton Creek, which boasts high-powered financial backing from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest tycoon.

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