Global food and beverages major PepsiCo has reported double-digit volume growth in India for the quarter that ended September 3, when it faced challenges such as higher commodity and operating costs.
In an earnings statement, PepsiCo reported a mid-single-digit growth in the convenience foods unit volume in the Indian market.
Net revenue in the third quarter ended September 3, 2022, from Africa, Middle East, and South Asia (AMESA) division under which India comes, was up 3.66 percent to $1.72 billion as against $1.66 billion.
This is "primarily reflecting effective net pricing, partially offset by a net decline in organic volume. Unfavourable foreign exchange reduced net revenue growth by 14 percentage points," the company said in its earnings statement.
PepsiCo further added, "Operating profit declined 14 percent, primarily reflecting a 62-percentage points impact of higher commodity costs, primarily grains and packaging materials, certain operating cost increases, and higher advertising and marketing expenses."
These impacts were partially offset by the effective net pricing and productivity savings.
In the AMESA zone, Pepsico "convenient foods unit volume declined 2 percent, primarily reflecting a high-single-digit decline in South Africa, partially offset by double-digit growth in the Middle East and Pakistan and mid-single-digit growth in India".
Its beverage unit volume grew 11 percent, mirroring double-digit growth in India, said Pepsico.
For 36 weeks (year-to-date), PepsiCo's convenient foods unit volume in AMESA grew 5 percent, reflecting double-digit growth in the Middle East, India, and Pakistan.
The beverage unit volume grew 17 percent, primarily mirroring double-digit growth in India during the same period.
Overall, PepsiCo’s global net revenue growth for the third quarter was up 8.82 percent to $21.97 billion, the company said.
The company has also improved its forward guidance for 2022 and expects a growth of 12 percent.
Ramon Laguarta, Chairman and CEO said, “We are very pleased with our results for the third quarter as our global business momentum remains strong. Given our year-to-date performance, we now expect our full-year organic revenue to increase 12 percent (previously 10 percent) and core constant currency earnings per share to increase 10 percent (previously 8 percent).”
He further added, "We are encouraged by the progress we are making on our strategic agenda, and remain committed to investing in our people, brands, supply chain, and go-to-market systems and winning in the marketplace."