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Horlicks 'health' label dropped. Now it is a ‘functional nutritional drink’

Apr 25, 2024 03:00 PM IST

Hindustan Unilever, which has multiple brands like Horlicks and Boost under it, rebranded its 'health drinks' category and dropped Horlicks from it.

‘Health food drinks’ of Hindustan Unilever have been re-named as functional nutritional drinks (FND) by the company after the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry asked e-commerce websites to remove drinks and beverages from 'heathy drinks' category on their respective platforms. This means that the company, which has multiple brands like Horlicks and Boost under it, rebranded its 'health drinks' category and renamed its 'health food drinks' category as 'functional nutritional drinks'.

Horlicks 'health' label: Hindustan Unilever renamed its 'health food drinks' category as 'functional nutritional drinks'.
Horlicks 'health' label: Hindustan Unilever renamed its 'health food drinks' category as 'functional nutritional drinks'.

Ritesh Tiwari, chief financial officer of Hindustan Unilever, said, “We have changed the labels of the category to FND which is a much better way to call it.”

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The category is under-penetrated and presents a big opportunity for growth in the same, he said, informing that Hindustan Unilever will focus on increasing customers, usage and giving more benefits for consumers to upgrade in the FND category. He also said that the company is seeing better growth in its premium range that is focussed on Diabetes and women's health.

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Earlier, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights said that there is no definition for 'health drinks' under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. 

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) asked e-commerce websites not to put dairy, cereal, or malt-based beverages under the ‘health drink’ or ‘energy drink’ categories as it is a wrong term to use which can mislead the customers. 

 

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