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, […]

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. […]

Hindustan Unilever says early sales in Jul-Sep quarter affected by ‘GST myths’

Hindustan Unilever, the country’s largest consumer company that owns daily brands such as Rin, Wheel, Kissan and Surf, said the roll-out of the goods and services tax caused some confusion among retailers and distributors. “Early part of SQ’17 (July-September 2017) was affected by various myths in trade,” the company said at Arisaig Consumer Symposium today. […]

HUL appoints new sales head

Hindustan Unilever Limited, India’s biggest FMCG company, said it has changed its sales and customer development head. It said it has appointed Punit Misra, currently Vice President for Route To Market (RTM) for Distributive Trade/Traditional Trade and Cash & Carry, as Executive Director and Vice President, Sales and Customer Development. Misra will be part of […]