Marico Delivers a Resilient Q2 Amid Challenging Environment

Marico Limited, one of India’s leading consumer goods companies, announced its results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2023. The company delivered a fairly resilient performance despite mixed demand trends and a challenging macro environment. Consolidated Revenue from Operations stood at ₹2,476 crore, registering a marginal decline of 1% year-on-year. This was led by […]

ITC Q2 results get a thumbs up from Dalal Street

Analysts have largely been positive on ITC’s second quarter results, as the diversified company reported a 2.6% year-on-year growth in revenues to Rs 16,551 crore in Q2FY23, driven by growth across cigarettes, FMCG and hotels businesses. Nuvama Research has retained its ‘BUY’ rating on the stock with a revised price target of Rs 560, up […]

Indian Consumer Goods Companies Set for Muted Q2 Results Amid Slow Demand, High Inflation

Major Indian consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are expected to report muted growth for the September quarter amid slowing demand, particularly in rural areas, and persistent high inflation, according to research reports from leading brokerages. Demand, Volume and Revenue Growth Brokerages forecast muted revenue growth for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in Q2FY24 amid slowing […]

HUL Q1 ad spend down a third, merger protects top line

Hindustan Unilever, the biggest advertiser in India, protected its profit margins during the Apr-Jun period by slashing its advertising budget by about 32%. Given that this is after merging GSK’s consumer healthcare business with itself, the actual decline in advertising is likely to have been in the 35% range. Even after adding GSK CH numbers, […]

Dabur feels ‘sustained slowdown’, ‘liquidity crunch’ in the market

Dabur India, the country’s largest maker of fast-moving consumer goods based on traditional recipes and systems, reported a sequential slowdown in sales for the September quarter due to tight financial conditions. On a year-on-year basis, the company was still able to report a 4% growth. The Domestic FMCG business reported an underlying volume growth of […]

AYUSH ministry objects to HUL’s AYUSH brand

Government of India has raised objections to the use of AYUSH as a trademark, said Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. The objection is based on the contention that the abbreviation for the ministry’s name is also AYUSH, and is used by the government in official communications and publications. […]

Acharya Balkrishna: Swadeshi not about boycotting foreign ideas & capital

Acharya Balkrishna, the owner of Patanjali Ayurved — one of India’s biggest consumer products companies — clarified that his company was not advocating a boycott of foreign ideas, concepts or even capital in the name of going Swadeshi. Speaking at the India Economic Conclave in Mumbai, Balkrishna even said his company was even open to […]

Parag Milk Foods Q4 sales up 20%, margin improves

Parag Milk Foods, the maker of Gowardhan butter and cheese, reported pretax profits that more than doubled on year, benefiting from the higher leverage afforded by sales that went up by 21% on year. On a sequential basis, however, the company’s performance in Jan-Mar quarter was largely comparable to that of Oct-Dec. Operating profit (EBITDA) […]

Eveready to float FMCG joint venture with Indonesia-based Wings group

Battery and electrical goods maker Eveready Industries India said it will float a joint venture the Wings Group of Indonesia to enter the market of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in India. Eveready will acquire 30% shares in the new company, with the remaining held by Universal Wellbeing Pte. Ltd, part of the Wings Group. […]

HUL sees strong growth in profit margins in Q3

Hindustan Unilever, the country’s largest fast-moving consumer goods maker, reported a 17% increase in its like-to-like top line and an 11% growth in sales volumes for the October December period when compared to the previous year. The previous year’s sales were disrupted by demonetization. The total revenue, including tax, generated by the company rose to […]

Dabur Q2 sales down 1.1% on forex, GST; PAT up 1.3%

Dabur India, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of natural FMCG products, reported a slight revenue decline for the second quarter, but net profit rose marginally. Dabur’s Sept quarter revenue was hit by a steep appreciation in the currencies of several of the countries where the company sells its wares, it said. Adjusted for currency […]

ITC Q2 hit by steep hike in tax load after GST implementation

ITC Ltd said its performance during the second quarter was relatively subdued due to “severe pressure” on the cigarette industry and sluggish demand conditions prevailing in the FMCG industry. Operating conditions in the Agri Business and Hotels Segment also remained challenging, it said. On a comparable basis, Gross Sales Value’ stood at Rs 16,391.58 crores […]

Uflex launches pouch to extend shelf life for ghee

FMCG company Uflex said it launched new pouche for liquids like ghee or clarified butter for long shelf life. The pouch with sonically sealed spout has been offered to Paras Dairy for packing it’s ghee. Uflex, founded in 1983, is India’s largest end-to-end flexible packaging company. Jeevaraj Pillai, Joint President, Packaging and New Product Development, […]

Ruchi Soya to plant oil palm in 25,000 hectares in Arunachal Pradesh

Agri and Food FMCG company Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. said it signed an agreement with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to boost palm oil production through development of quality palm plantations and human capacity building. With this agreement, Ruchi Soya Industries Limited now has obtained permission for oil palm development in 45,000 hectares, covering 5 […]

Cognizant to help transform Future Group’s consumer business

Cognizant said that it has entered into a partnership with Future Group, an Indian multi-brand retailer, to transform its consumer goods business, Future Consumer Limited (FCL), into a connected enterprise. “In an era where data, insights and supply chain intelligence are crucial ingredients for turning success into market leadership, Cognizant’s technology, business process, platform and […]