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Not Healthy but "Functional and Nutritional": Rebranding of Indian Children's Drink

Indian favs like Bournvita & Horlicks are in hot water! The government says their health claims are shaky. Can these brands rebrand their way out of trouble? Click to find out!

Not Healthy but "Functional and Nutritional": Rebranding of Indian Children's Drink

Monday May 20, 2024 , 2 min Read

For decades, childhood in India has been synonymous with a steaming mug of chocolatey or malty concoctions like Bournvita, Horlicks, and Complan. Marketed as health drinks, these products have been a staple in many households. But a recent rumble from the Commerce Ministry has shaken the foundations of this multi-crore rupee industry.

The Warning Shot: Why Did the Government Flex Its Muscle?

The Ministry aimed at these so-called "health drinks" due to concerns about their sugar content, misleading marketing claims, and a lack of substantial evidence to support their purported health benefits. Studies have revealed that these drinks are often loaded with added sugar, and processed ingredients, and may not be as rich in essential nutrients as advertised. This can contribute to childhood obesity, dental problems, and even an increased risk of diabetes.

Sugar-Coated Armor Breached: How Brands Responded

Facing this governmental pressure, these established brands couldn't afford to take a chill pill. They quickly pivoted their marketing strategies. Gone are the days of commercials showcasing children brimming with health after a glass of their concoction. E-commerce platforms now see these products rebranded as "functional" or "nutritional" drinks, a subtle shift in messaging that highlights added vitamins or minerals but doesn't explicitly claim to be a magic potion for good health.

Can Rebranding Be a Permanent Fix? The Road Ahead

This rebranding strategy might offer a temporary respite, but for how long can these companies play a game of semantics with consumers and regulators? A growing health-conscious population in India is demanding transparency and seeking genuine healthy alternatives for their children. The government's stance reflects this shift in consumer behavior.

Beyond the Rebrand: What's Next for the Industry?

The future of these "functional" drinks hinges on reformulation. Reducing sugar content, adding more fiber and essential nutrients, and backing marketing claims with scientific evidence are crucial steps.

The Bottom Line: A Win-Win for All

A renewed focus on genuine health benefits can lead to a win-win situation. Consumers get the products they trust with a more balanced nutritional profile, and companies can ensure their long-term sustainability in a market increasingly focused on genuine well-being. This isn't just about a rebrand; it's about a reformulation for a healthier future.


Edited by Rahul Bansal