Parle’s drink business enterprise hits contemporary higher with B-Fizz

Nadia Chauhan of Parle Agro tells Aultrin Vijay how its newest fruit- and fizz-dependent drink is positioned to faucet the carbonated gentle beverages sector and shares the firm’s sustainability initiatives &#13

Parle Agro is set to disrupt the beverage classification with its new drink, B-Fizz. The malt flavoured carbonated fruit juice-based consume is a new addition to the fruit-moreover-fizz-centered solution portfolio from Parle Agro, which pioneered the classification with the introduction of Appy Fizz in 2005. The firm says it has adopted aggressive advertising, daring packaging and interesting selling price place to develop waves in the carbonated smooth consume (CSD) category. This is evident from the firm’s Rs 40-crore investment for a mass media campaign throughout print, electronic, tv and out of doors for B-Fizz.

Now, Parle Agro has deployed OOH for better effects across 96 towns. With a brand turnover of Rs 6,500 crores and a whopping 90% marketplace share in the fruit-plus-fizz class, the company is aiming to seize a larger market place share in the in general CSD class to come to be the top beverage organization in the nation. In discussion with PrintWeek, Nadia Chauhan, joint managing director and chief advertising and marketing officer at Parle Agro tells us about the newest product start – B-Fizz, its packaging style and design, the company©s sustainability initiatives, and its long run in the CSD phase. 

Chauhan: With the new B-Fizz, we goal to establish the fruit-moreover-fizz class in India to Rs 10,000 crores by 2030

New style, bold design
In accordance to Parle, B-Fizz is a refreshing malt-flavoured carbonated beverage with apple juice material. The malt flavour mirrors the style of beer although the apple juice provides a tinge of sweetness, “a taste that appeals to the palette of all age teams”. Appy Fizz, which was the to start with providing inside the fruit-moreover-fizz group in India, is today, 1 of the quickest-escalating carbonated drinks in India with in excess of 90% current market share in the segment. “With the new B-Fizz, we intention to construct the fruit-as well as-fizz group in India to Rs 10,000 crores by 2030,” states Chauhan. In get to enrich the attain of B-Fizz, Parle has adopted an aggressive promoting marketing campaign. “We have two tv commercials (TVC) on air, just one showcasing world wide icon Priyanka Chopra for countrywide media, and the other that includes Jr NTR completely for southern marketplaces.

The TVC cam-effervescent to the top is getting supported by revolutionary print, cell and electronic activations and aggressively promoted across IPL on Hotstar and YouTube. B-Fizz will also be the sponsor to pick marquee tv properties,” provides Chauhan. The B-Fizz comes in a putting pink and bold design and style, which according to Chauhan, is “distinctive and makes sure superior shelf throw”. The in general merchandise went from notion to commercialisation in 30 times, with out compromising on the design, identity and the naming method of the manufacturer. “In considerably less than 10 days we churned out the entire design and style for B-Fizz, suitable from the brand name name to the brand name identification,” claims Chauhan.

The solution also retains the shape of Appy Fizz’s legendary champagne shaped PET bottle. Chauhan describes: “B-Fizz is an extension of the Fizz brand portfolio and hence it has the exact legendary shape of the bottle as Appy Fizz. Although Appy Fizz is apple-centered, ‘B’ in B-Fizz stands for the beer elements of the item which is malt flavoured. “Maintaining the form of B-Fizz bottle dependable to that of Appy Fizz was a strategic go thinking about the actuality that we are wanting to extend the whole Fizz portfolio around the upcoming couple of several years. We are hunting to launch a lot more offerings in the Fizz portfolio in unique flavour formats with the very same bottle layout.”

Chauhan even further elaborates that the structure of the bottle was created a lot more than a decade in the past when Appy Fizz was conceptualised and introduced. “The sparkling fruit drink category did not exist in India back then it was established when we released Appy Fizz into the market. The bottle was made with its now iconic shape and classy manner with the aim of positioning the manufacturer as the champagne of all fruit beverages in the nation,” she provides.

‘Copycats’ indicator of good results
It is a no-brainer that thriving manufacturers and its models are a lot more generally copied by bogus and in some conditions rival corporations in get to appeal to unsuspecting customers and get a pie of the market place share. There are scenarios wherever some of the packaging models of Parle©s biscuits and cookies were copied by other corporations. Even though this apply hurts the manufacturer, Nadia Chauhan states, “Properly, in a way, just one can say it is a sign of results when you see your brand getting copied and imitated by other folks in the marketplace.”

However, she adds, “While it is a nuisance, at the similar time it is a thing that is sure to occur. In a very limited span of time, B-Fizz has found sizeable success and we do be expecting to see extra situations of rival companies copying its structure.” Apart from the daring patterns, the company also guarantees a high stage of high quality for its customers. The Tetra Paks go alongside with hygiene straws to guarantee it remains sanitised to give consumers with a safe drinking knowledge. Parle Agro also focuses on merchandise that are not synthetic and have fruit content material for the health and fitness-acutely aware client.

Parle’s B-Fizz TVC showcasing Jr NTR exclusively for southern marketplaces

The article-purchaser waste obstacle
Parle Agro will be investing about Rs 50 crores about three a long time for a PET plastic squander administration programme, which is by now in action. Speaking about the company©s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Chauhan facts: “We are committed to guarding and safeguarding the setting and have previously applied a quantity of steps in the direction of EPR. “We are doing work with numerous Producer Duty Organisations this sort of as the Indian Air pollution Control Association (IPCA) and Nepra for amassing, processing and recycling of our PET bottles and channelling them to textiles and other non-allied business segments.”

Less than this programme, Parle Agro will aid an yearly selection of 310-crore PET bottles, recycling almost 50,000 tonnes of PET waste. From its current 60% of collection and recycling of publish-shopper PET waste, Parle Agro intends to get to 100% by 2025. Having said that, talking about using PET solutions, Chauhan feels that it is hold out and watch for now, as it is nonetheless to see any significant developments. 

“If one experienced to look at an alternative to PET bottles, the only possibility at this issue of time would be glass bottles,” claims Chauhan. “It is a acknowledged fact that the process of building glass itself has a detrimental influence on the natural environment and that it is not always the most environmentally pleasant selection.” “Right up until the time we see terrific improvement in engineering and innovate economical and sustainable choices to plastic as a packaging structure, we come to feel that shift in India will consider some time to happen,” she adds.

Rural markets and little-sized packs
According to Parle Agro, rural markets have always been a essential concentration for the agency as a great deal as urban towns and metros. “Our product portfolio caters to a mass viewers and thus we have normally had a mass distribution system for our brands,” states Chauhan. At the moment, Parle Agro caters to pretty much two-million stores throughout rural and urban marketplaces with the goal to continue to keep increasing its community by 15% to 20% just about every calendar year. In addition, the com 

Moreover, the competitive
The price tag position of Rs 10 that the organization gives for its items is a critical portion of its method as well. Chauhan suggests this price issue has “enabled us to scale up the reach and distribution for our brand names and obtain significant penetration into rural and urban marketplaces”. The 160 ml pack priced at Rs 10 is created on a mass scale for Appy Fizz, the exact same has been applied for B-Fizz. Moreover, the Rs 10 price tag point has also disrupted the marketplace, as a new launch at this selling price is particularly essential in the context of FMCG in India. Currently, in a minimal about a thirty day period since the launch, B-Fizz is at almost 6,00,000 stores across extra than 4,000 cities. This feat was obtained many thanks to the 84 manufacturing facilities across India and global locations Parle Agro has. Nowadays, the firm caters to about 1.9 million stores in India pushed through a lot more than 5,000 channel partners. 

A next Parle B-Fizz TVC featured international icon Priyanka Chopra for nationwide media

Prospects from pandemic
“Although the pandemic did bring misfortune, we©ve viewed opportunities come up from it as very well not just in the solutions segment, but in distribution, also,” observes Chauhan. “The eCommerce phase, which is a niche distribution channel for the beverage vertical, has risen as an consequence of the pandemic. Consumers adopted this channel in a significant way for their grocery searching, which accelerated the eCommerce class in a massive way.” The corporation also on-boarded quite a few eCommerce gamers and carries on to incorporate more to give consumers immediate accessibility to its drinks. “Over the subsequent handful of years, we have quite a few strategic initiatives in the pipeline in merchandise categories that would be concentrated on overall health and better dwelling,” Chauhan reveals.

“These days, all our merchandise are fruit-dependent, but we are on the lookout at several new introductions in the near future as very well.” On the other hand, she remarks that even though the contribution from the eCommerce channel is not as important as retail for the FMCG industry, there has been an acceleration in the adoption of the eCommerce channel by shoppers and manufacturers alike. “Triggered by the pandemic, shoppers who would not normally undertake online platforms to acquire groceries, all of a sudden begun applying them. We, at Parle Agro, offer you a broad array of products that covers pretty much each and every sub-group of beverages other than dairy and can conveniently cater to nearly just about every beverage need to have of the purchaser. Heading ahead, we have strategies to introduce special SKUs and models for the segment to cater to distinct consumer wants,” adds Chauhan.

Pandemic’s influence on FMCG
Describing how the pandemic and lockdowns impacted firms in the FMCG segment, Chauhan points out that the FMCG section was immensely impacted all through April and Could, as distribution experienced appear to a comprehensive standstill. Segments in just the FMCG distribution channels that were being most impacted have been on-premise as perfectly as the vacation phase. However, Chauhan is upbeat about Parle Agro©s functionality correct now.”We are satisfied to share that we are back again to functioning at 100% of our distribution base with profits not only displaying healthier recovery but also on a growth route,” she provides. Nevertheless, Chauhan cautions that whilst a lot of other FMCG segments will also be again at the base of their earlier year, a several that might be dependent on the vacation segment as very well as the premise sector will not see key improvements. When requested about Parle Agro©s posture in the CSD sector 10 a long time down the line, Chauhan was quite optimistic and focused. “Our eyesight is to make Parle Agro the No 1 beverage business in India,” she concludes.