The country's biggest biscuit maker by volume, Parle Products category head Mayank Shah said while government has made it clear that we have to operate with 50% workforce, but there is acute labour crunch so it will take about a week for business to get back to somewhat normalcy.
The company took this decision to address a larger societal purpose during the Covid-19 pandemic when demand for sanitiser outstrip supplies. The plant was commissioned in last November at Manpura to produce premium fine fragrances. ITC said it has redoubled its efforts to ensure enhanced supply and availability of Savlon range of products in the market
The Chennai-based company is leveraging its established Chik and Nyle brands of hair-care products, including shampoo and hair oils, to sanitizers on an immediate basis. While Chik has been extended to sanitizers in 2 ml sachets starting at Re 1 and a few more entry-level packs,Nyle is being extended to sanitizers in bigger packs such as 5 litre ones.
Addressing of local issues in many states that have hindered movement of goods would certainly help in kick-starting the functioning of the supply chain, they said.
Packaged food products and staples that are completely dependent on agri-products for sourcing raw materials operate on a much lower margin compared to personal care and household segments. Companies said supplies have been erratic with raw materials costs being volatile and vary across states.
FMCG firm Marico and ATE Chandra Foundation have launched a nationwide hunt for innovative solutions to healthcare challenges during Covid-19 crisis.
Amidst this, leading retailers said pulse and cereal prices have started to move up due to truckers charging a premium and warned that staple stock situation is fast depleting. On Friday, two of the largest FMCG makers - Hindustan Unilever and ITC – said operations across manufacturing and supply chain are disrupted due to the lockdown.
ITC said: “…the situation arising due to spread of COVID-19 and the directives received from the central and state governments and local bodies, we write to advise that the company's factories manufacturing essential items like atta, noodles, biscuits, snacks, soaps, sanitisers etc are operating partially with limited workforce."
Hindustan Unilever, the country's biggest consumer goods firm, said operations across manufacturing and supply chain have been disrupted due to lockdown announced by the government to contain the proliferation of Covid-19.
Real estate, jewellery and fashion too would be impacted by sentiment with consumers postponing high-value purchases.
Nielsen expects consumption to continue in India post the Covid-19 outbreak, but there will be uneven growth in categories whereby it will be revising its growth forecast for the market. Indian FMCG industry growth rate has been on a downward trajectory for the last three quarters.
FMCG major Britannia Industries urged the government to ensure inter-state movement of the raw material for the food processing industry during the three-week lockdown, imposed to prevent pandemic of Covid-19.
The services will be available in Mumbai, along with Delhi NCR, parts of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Punjab. In a series of tweets, Big Bazaar shared phone numbers for different outlets where customers can call and place orders.
"The government has rightly permitted food, vegetables, groceries and medicines to be excluded from the lockdown. However, clear instructions need to be provided to the enforcement authorities across states so that these essential items and the supply chain around it, is allowed to function," a company spokesperson said.
The Coca Cola factory in Nalagarh falling under Baddi police district of Solan, operated by Krish Flexipacks, was found operational during a surprise check on Monday night, Baddi Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani said.
The deal includes acquisition of intellectual property rights including trademarks, design and know-how related to the VWash brand, that was launched in 2013 and is the market leader in the female intimate hygiene category.
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