Nestle to invest Rs 6,000-6,500 Cr to expand manufacturing ops in India, says top official

FMCG major Nestle will expand its manufacturing footprint and operations in India, and will invest Rs 6,000 to 6,500 crore between 2020-2025 to meet the growing demand, its India Chairman and Managing Director Suresh Narayanan said.

Nestle to invest Rs 6,000-6,500 Cr to expand manufacturing ops in India, says top official

Friday February 09, 2024 , 4 min Read

FMCG major Nestle is expanding its manufacturing footprint and operations in India, and will be investing Rs 6,000 to 6,500 crore between 2020-2025 to meet the growing demand, its India Chairman and Managing Director Suresh Narayanan said on Wednesday.

Since its inception in India till 2020, Nestle has invested Rs 7,000 crore, but its investment in the last five years is more than what it had done in the last 20-25 years, said Narayanan.

Earlier, Nestle India had announced that it will invest Rs 2,000 crore between the years 2000 to 2020, and in 2022, it again announced that it will invest Rs 5,000 crore on expansion, which was to be invested by 2025.

"So if you take out the common years in the middle of the investment, the net investment would have been about Rs 5,800 crore. We are well on that track. I think Rs 3,200 crore has already been invested between 2020 and 2023," said Narayanan.

Nestle India, which owns popular brands such as Maggi, Nescafe, KitKat, etc., is setting up its tenth factory at Ordisha, and is increasing existing capacities in the manufacturing of prepared dishes, mainly the Maggi range, doubling its coffee business, increasing chocolate lines and augmenting investment in distribution chains.

"By 2025, we might be recording almost Rs 6,000 crore to Rs 6,500 crore investments that we would have put since 2020," he said adding this indicates "underlying robustness of demand for our products" but also the "commitment to the making India" philosophy, he added.

In 2023, Nestle sales crossed Rs 19,000 crore in the market. Currently, India is among the top ten markets of Swiss multi-national Nestle.

"We have some strong hefts in some of the business. We are ranked very well globally. I think the outlook on India is very, very positive. And there is a lot of Equity goodwill support," he said.

While Narayanan did not share any future numbers, he said he would be very happy to be on the path of growth which Nestle India has sustained.

"If you look at our 2016 to 2022 performance, it has been around 11 to 12% Y-o-Y growth and slightly higher on profitability. If I am able to deliver that on a larger base, that will be a good objective," he said.

Over the demand scenario, Narayanan said the urban market has opened up dramatically, having a strong sweet spot, while the smaller tier II, III, IV & V are also opening up and Nestle is supporting them with relevant portfolio intervention and distribution expansion.

"In fact, if you look at urban penetration now for the company, which five years ago was about 80 per cent today it is about 93 per cent and similarly, rural penetration also has gone up significantly to rate to about 30 odd per cent, which was in a mid to high single digits a couple of years ago," he said.

This as a cumulative effect has led to good results. In the last 28 quarters or 22 quarters, Nestle India has reported double-digit quarters, he said.

The growth is also reflected in the capex of the company, which is now investing 8% of its turnover on capex, which is much higher than what it ever was.

"In the last seven, eight years, it was in the region of about 2 to 3%," said Narayanan.

Nestle is also keeping its innovation tempo high and has launched 130 new products in the last seven years, which is helping to diversify its offerings.

On the sales front, Nestle is now using AI-enabled analytics for sales automation. Many of its brands like KitKat, Maggi and Nescaffe are highly digital now in terms of consumer outreach.

"Almost 40% of our media expenses as a company if we look at aggregate is being spent on digital today," he added. In the December quarter, Nestle India contributed 7% of domestic sales.


Edited by Megha Reddy