The 3 FMCG Giants Ruling the Roost in India


As one of the largest and most competitive industries globally, the FMCG sector plays a crucial role in our daily lives.

From the food we eat to the products we use, FMCG companies are responsible for manufacturing and distributing a vast range of essential goods that we rely on.

In India, the top FMCG giants hold the maximum market share for daily-use products. So, who exactly are these giants? Read on:

Hindustan Unilever Limited

The largest FMCG firm in India, Hindustan Unilever Limited, has been in the country for over 80 years. One or more HUL Brands are used in nine out of ten Indian households. That’s a mind-boggling statistic when you consider our population! The collection of brands has a vast reach – catering to even the most media-dark corners of India.

HUL is a staple in the everyday lives of millions of customers thanks to its 40+ products that span 12 unique categories including Fabric Wash, Household Care, Purifiers, Personal Wash, Skin Care, Hair Care, Colour Cosmetics, Oral Care, Deodorants, Beverages, Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts, and Foods.

Leading brands include Pond’s, Vaseline, Clinic Plus, Sunsilk, Indulekha, Lakmé, Pepsodent, Closeup, Axe, Brooke Bond, BRU, and Surf Excel as part of their Brand Portfolio. How many of these can you find in your home?

ITC Limited

ITC Limited, a diversified conglomerate founded in 1910, operates in a variety of industries, including hotels, paperboards and packaging, agribusiness, information technology, and fast-moving consumer goods – which include foods, personal care products, cigarettes and cigars, branded apparel, education & stationery products, incense sticks, and safety matches.

The company was formed under the name Imperial Tobacco Company of India Limited on August 24, 1910. The name then changed to India Tobacco Company Limited in 1970 and subsequently to I.T.C. Limited in 1974 as the company ownership gradually became Indian.

Nestle India Limited

Nestlé – the world’s largest food and beverage corporation. Who hasn’t heard of them? Nestle operates in 191 countries and has over 2000 brands, ranging from local favorites to worldwide classics.

In 1961, NESTLÉ India established its first production unit in Moga, Punjab. Currently, the sales and marketing efforts are facilitated by its 4 Branch Offices located in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.

The FMCG industry is a highly competitive and ever-evolving space. However, through a combination of automation, technology, data, and analytics these giants have managed to stay on top. They are constantly innovating, adapting to consumer preferences, and delivering exceptional customer value. 

That said, in India especially, there is a growing trend and market demand for homegrown brands. These global brands may have become household names, however, there’s still room for smaller players to disrupt the market with new ideas. The FMCG industry is full of exciting developments shaping the future of consumer goods. Want to stay abreast of the latest trends? Stay in touch with us at SwitchPe!