All stories by Viveat Susan Pinto
Six years after Maggi controversy, Marico serves up instant noodlesRediff.com20 Feb 2021
The move is significant since it signals the growing importance of foods in Marico's overall strategy. It also comes six months after Marico stepped into honey, a Rs 1,500-crore category dominated by players such as Dabur.
Will IPL 2021 set a new record for Star Sports?Rediff.com18 Feb 2021
IPL 2020 was the first sports tournament to surpass 400 billion viewing minutes.
'There is pent-up demand for good films'Rediff.com10 Feb 2021
Increase in occupancy will pave way for Hindi blockbusters to release, say multiplex operators.
FMCG firms start seeing growth in urban India after months of Covid griefRediff.com8 Feb 2021
60-65 per cent of the FMCG industry's overall sales come from urban areas; 35-40 per cent from rural areas.
Cricket hits a six after India's Aussie triumphRediff.com31 Jan 2021
'There is pent-up demand for cricket after last year when no tournaments were played on Indian soil due to the pandemic.'
Food chains, multiplexes plan expansion as consumer confidence picks upRediff.com25 Jan 2021
Organised players have been the biggest beneficiaries after the lockdowns were lifted. Given real estate is not as expensive now, players want to take advantage of the trend.
War brews between HUL, Sebamed over soap adsRediff.com18 Jan 2021
Sebamed's campaign for its cleansing bar of the same name, released across print, television, digital and outdoor, has also named Santoor, a popular soap brand from Wipro Consumer Care.
Ex-Star India CEO Uday Shankar, James Murdoch team up for new ventureRediff.com16 Jan 2021
The venture, they said, would focus on technology and media opportunities in emerging markets. Industry sources said the focus would be on digital media, with India being the big driver.
Will Mondelez's Christmas cookie work?Rediff.com23 Dec 2020
The company expects Bournvita Crunchy to strengthen its presence in the cookie segment.
Want a career in AVGC?Rediff.com18 Dec 2020
The government will set up a centre of excellence for visual effects and gaming with help from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.
Following the footsteps of Sandeep Kataria, Bata's Global CEORediff.com13 Dec 2020
Kataria, 49, an IIT-XLRI alumnus, was quick to implement a number of initiatives during the Covid-19 crisis including launching D2C initiatives such as mobile stores, WhatsApp messaging, video calling and home deliveries. Kataria was also swift to recognise that stay-at-home consumers were keen to buy informal rather than formal footwear, launching new collections quickly to take advantage of this trend, says Viveat Susan Pinto.
FMCG market spurts in north India; declines in westRediff.com7 Dec 2020
Experts point to the higher contribution of rural from the north for the growth reported by the region, a point endorsed by companies who've been pushing their presence aggressively there.
Ikea to open 2nd India store in Navi Mumbai on Dec 18Rediff.com5 Dec 2020
Next in line will be mega stores in cities such as Gurgaon and Bengaluru, though timelines for launch have not been specified yet. The company will also launch two more city-centre or smaller stores in 2021 in Mumbai to reach a wider audience.
Will these movies bring audiences back?Rediff.com25 Nov 2020
'The blockbusters are unlikely to be launched in 2020.' 'They will move into the 2021 cycle when confidence level among people will be higher.'
What if Kishore Biyani wins the battle against Amazon?Rediff.com20 Nov 2020
Experts say Biyani will now become a contract manufacturer of fashion and FMCG products, with the Reliance group being one of his customers.
Reliance Retail raises Rs 47,265 cr for 10% stake saleRediff.com20 Nov 2020
Since September, Reliance Retail has raised money from Silver Lake, KKR, Mubadala, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority , GIC, TPG, General Atlantic and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund in a divestment programme that mirrored sister Jio Platforms a few months earlier.
Are audiences really going to theatres?Rediff.com19 Nov 2020
Audience turnout is crucial to most exhibitors, since their discussions with film producers hinge on how many people will return to movie halls in the weeks ahead.
Amazon-Future dispute: Kishore Biyani may look for mutual settlementRediff.com3 Nov 2020
Experts say Future group will look for an out-of-court settlement with help from Reliance in the Amazon matter.
Bharat spurs growth of FMCG companiesRediff.com27 Oct 2020
While sales momentum from rural areas may last another three to six months, sales growth in urban areas could stage a comeback by next year's June quarter as people learn to live with the coronavirus and economic activity gradually improves in the cities.
Retailers defy pandemic woes to add new storesRediff.com26 Oct 2020
Real estate experts say rentals have corrected by 5-10 per cent across formats, including office, retail and housing, with a pick-up expected over the next few quarters as the economy recovers.