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Society Tea striving to become a national brand, says Director Karan Shah

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Society Tea striving to become a national brand, says Director Karan Shah

India is the second-largest producer of tea, globally, after China. The local tea industry in India has a market value of more than Rs 12,000 crore.

This week in hospitality industry: Night curfew dampens year-end cheer; license fee gives some relief

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This week in hospitality industry: Night curfew dampens year-end cheer; license fee gives some relief

Just a week ago the restaurant association had written to the government seeking permission to operate restaurants for an additional two hours for the month so that they could earn some revenue.

Bar owners welcome Maharashtra government’s move to cut license fee

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Bar owners welcome Maharashtra government’s move to cut license fee

The liquor shops were shut between 38 days to 190 days during the lockdown period and the concessions were granted considering the losses due to the lockdown.

Retailers must use AR/VR technologies to bring in-store experience to online channels: Capgemini’s Nayak

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Retailers must use AR/VR technologies to bring in-store experience to online channels: Capgemini’s Nayak

In the current scenario, the fear of getting infected with the deadly virus has prompted customers to shop online

Maharashtra night curfew dampens year-end hospitality cheer

BUSINESS

Maharashtra night curfew dampens year-end hospitality cheer

Just a week ago the restaurant association had written to the Government requesting for restaurants to be allowed to operate for an additional two hours for the month so that they could earn some revenue

As skin care takes precedence, beauty brands struggle to sell face cosmetics

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As skin care takes precedence, beauty brands struggle to sell face cosmetics

With health and hygiene products taking priority, and people largely staying home or wearing masks when they venture out, facial products have remained unused. Consumers aren’t buying more, for now, and this has hit the facial cosmetics segment of the beauty industry hard, with one top brand saying it has seen sales of such products plunge 90 percent

This week in FMCG: Stellar response to Mrs Bectors' IPO; Next one from KFC, Pizza Hut operator?

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This week in FMCG: Stellar response to Mrs Bectors' IPO; Next one from KFC, Pizza Hut operator?

Sapphire Foods is managed by a team of professionals led by Group CEO Sanjay Purohit, who has earlier had stints at Levi Strauss & Co, Cadbury India & Asia Paints

Meet the woman behind IPO star Mrs Bectors Food Specialities

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Meet the woman behind IPO star Mrs Bectors Food Specialities

Rajni Bector started the business in a backyard with an investment of just Rs 20,000. Today it is a household name in North India and has grown into a Rs 1,000 crore business exporting its products to 60 countries and employing over 4,000 people

Most of our group businesses are back at pre-Covid levels: Raymond Chairman Gautam Singhania

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Most of our group businesses are back at pre-Covid levels: Raymond Chairman Gautam Singhania

The Raymond group, which has interests in the textile, apparel, FMCG, engineering, prophylactics and real estate sectors, was battered by Covid. In FY20, it recorded consolidated revenue of Rs 3,186 crore, only to see this shrink to a mere Rs 24 crore in the first quarter of FY21 and Rs 254 crore in the second quarter. But with the economy opening up, Chairman and Managing Director Gautam Hari Singhania told Moneycontrol things are looking up for Raymond with most group businesses at 90 percent of their pre-Covid levels

This week in FMCG: Honey adulteration controversy continues; CSE vs FSSAI, firms launch sugar-free products

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This week in FMCG: Honey adulteration controversy continues; CSE vs FSSAI, firms launch sugar-free products

NMR is the advance technology to detect adulteration in honey with sugar syrups by molecular separation and identification. It is the only test that can detect the new modified ‘Chinese sugar’ being used to adulterate honey.

COVID Impact | FMCG firms rush to launch sugar-free, low-calorie products as demand shoots up

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COVID Impact | FMCG firms rush to launch sugar-free, low-calorie products as demand shoots up

There is a rapid increase in demand for less sugary and immunity-boosting products, as more and more Indians seek solutions to boost overall health and wellbeing.

Honey adulteration | FSSAI needs to strengthen testing standards, says CSE's Amit Khurana

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Honey adulteration | FSSAI needs to strengthen testing standards, says CSE's Amit Khurana

In an interaction with Moneycontrol, Programme Director of the CSE’s Food Safety and Toxins Amit Khurana said Indian standards are not enough to detect adulteration in honey.

Farmers' protest | What Maharashtra farmers have to say about the farm laws, contract farming

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Farmers' protest | What Maharashtra farmers have to say about the farm laws, contract farming

Some of the farmers, who have already taken up contract farming, are worried that laws may empower the companies even more and wonder how that would impact them.

Demand for ergonomic furniture hits all-time high, but furniture firms refuse to disclose sales figures

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Demand for ergonomic furniture hits all-time high, but furniture firms refuse to disclose sales figures

Pepperfry claims sales of study tables and office chairs increased by 250 percent and 400 percent, respectively, in August 2020, from pre-COVID levels. Flipkart says it is witnessing heightened demand for ergonomic furniture such as office chairs. Even mattresses, bean bags, lights, and table décor see rise in demand.

This week in FMCG industry: Burger King's IPO, adulterated honey controversy and the demise of MDH's Dharampal Gulati

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This week in FMCG industry: Burger King's IPO, adulterated honey controversy and the demise of MDH's Dharampal Gulati

The week that went by had a mix of good and bad news. Read this weekly wrap to get hold of the top stories in the FMCG industry:

Nykaa adopts 360-degree marketing strategy to promote products; but influencers play a vital role

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Nykaa adopts 360-degree marketing strategy to promote products; but influencers play a vital role

One of the most important aspects of promoting products through influencers is that the cost of marketing goes down

Immunity-boosting products outperformer for Dabur; sales of sanitiser drops: CEO Malhotra

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Immunity-boosting products outperformer for Dabur; sales of sanitiser drops: CEO Malhotra

The 136-year-old company will continue its innovation-based journey, going forward as well

Here’s how malls in India are gearing up for the festive season

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Here’s how malls in India are gearing up for the festive season

Special shopping schemes, apps, offers with instant gifts, small scale events, exhibitions… malls are pulling out all the stops to woo customers back in

What’s in a name? If it’s all Glow and Lovely, HUL wouldn’t mind

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What’s in a name? If it’s all Glow and Lovely, HUL wouldn’t mind

The company changed the name of its flagship fairness cream from Fair and Lovely to Glow and Lovely in July 2020. Dealers, distributors and brand experts claim that sales numbers have not come down at all despite the name change.

Why this company chose to cater exclusively to senior citizens

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Why this company chose to cater exclusively to senior citizens

The company has seen more senior citizens buying home essentials, gardening, kitchen & dining, music products, food & nutrition as well as gifting products.

MAGGI, Nescafe helps Nestle India post double-digit growth in Q3 CY20 sales

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MAGGI, Nescafe helps Nestle India post double-digit growth in Q3 CY20 sales

The COVID-19 outbreak has given a boost to products in the ready-to-cook meals category and companies selling them have made most of it.

Liquor Supply Spat: While Hotel lobby body says lift the ban on supply, wine traders say they should pay 50% percent dues first

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Liquor Supply Spat: While Hotel lobby body says lift the ban on supply, wine traders say they should pay 50% percent dues first

HRWAI feels, the wine traders association is exploiting the monopolistic position it enjoys on supplies in Maharashtra.

COVID-19 impact: Restaurant association requests finance minister to review Kamath Committee recommendations

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COVID-19 impact: Restaurant association requests finance minister to review Kamath Committee recommendations

FHRAI is the apex body of the Indian hospitality industry, representing 55,000 hotels and 5,00,000 restaurants across the country.

COVID-19 is helping this organic personal care brand become Rs 100 crore from mere 6 crore in FY20

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COVID-19 is helping this organic personal care brand become Rs 100 crore from mere 6 crore in FY20

Since the leniency in lockdown, the company has been receiving 25,000 orders per month.

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