FMCG company UNIBIC Foods has appointed Naveen Pandey as its Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for leading the strategic direction and growth journey of the company.
He commands over two decades of senior management experience in the Indian FMCG space. He has had successful stints with corporate giants such as PepsiCo and Asian Paints. His last assignment before joining UNIBIC was as the Head of Marico’s New Foods’ Business Unit, where he led the start-up team to launch category-defining products such as Saffola Honey, Saffola Mealmaker, and Immuniveda.
Commenting on the development, Sandeep Reddy, Chairman of Board of Directors, UNIBIC, said, “We believe that the experience Naveen brings to the table would bolster UNIBIC’s already impressive track record of delivering innovative products and help drive the company into a linear growth trajectory. His extensive background in FMCG should help UNIBIC gain further ground in the dynamic Indian foods industry and drive the organization towards higher profitability. He will contribute to develop strategic alliances and expand UNIBIC’s presence in India and in international markets.”
Speaking on the occasion, Naveen Pandey, CEO, UNIBIC, added, “I am very excited to have joined the UNIBIC team. With a prolific number of unique and successful chapters, UNIBIC has carved a niche for itself while staying away from the beaten path, something that I strongly believe in. Given the dynamic of the foods business industry, UNIBIC’s modus operandi and strategy are sure to attract new consumers, strengthen the existing customer base, and dial-up business growth.”
Having kicked off in collaboration with UNIBIC Australia in 2004, the company became a 100 percent independent Indian entity in 2012, backed by investments from Peepul Capital. UNIBIC was the first to introduce wire-cut cookies in India. The company has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bengaluru which is the largest wire-cut cookie manufacturer in India.
UNIBIC also undertakes private label manufacturing for notable brands such as Café Coffee Day, Indigo Airlines, etc. with Indian and international flavors catering to the Indian taste. It exports its products to 25 countries and is looking to expand its global footprint and make its products available in more than a million outlets soon. Having positioned its offerings in the premium cookie segment, UNIBIC’s philosophy has been great taste and indulgence at affordable prices.
Welspun Living Ltd is set to take part in Bharat Tex 2024, a national textile exhibition in New Delhi from February 26 to 29, 2024. This event symbolizes India's standing in the global textile domain, and Welspun Living Ltd. is honored to be part of this significant initiative.
Founded in 1985 by Balkrishna Goenka, Welspun started as Welspun Winilon Silk Mills in Palghar, Maharashtra, and has grown into a global leader in home textiles over 35 years. The company transformed into Welspun Living Limited in 2023, known for innovation, branding, and sustainability. Welspun Living is the largest exporter of textiles to the US, reflecting its commitment to excellence and stakeholders. Guided by core principles, Welspun continues to lead in the textile industry, upholding its legacy amid the challenges of a dynamic global market.
Under the theme "Make in India, for the World," the company aims to exhibit its dedication to quality, innovation, and sustainability. Rooted in the ethos of Make in India for the World, its products fuse global trends with craftsmanship, meeting diverse consumer preferences worldwide. With a focus on dynamic trends in home textiles, Welspun Living uses consumer insights to drive innovation and maintain a leading position.
Bharat Tex 2024, featuring a wide array of textile products, will facilitate networking opportunities and spur growth in the global textile market. Welspun Living's participation will highlight its role in revitalizing India's textile value chain and supporting the Government of India's 5F vision (Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign). The company aims to underscore India's rich textile legacy and its vision for a sustainable, innovative future globally.
Looking ahead, Welspun Living is committed to expanding its global footprint while reinforcing sustainability and societal impact. Planned trajectories include strategic investments in technology, research, and partnerships to drive growth across the value chain. As the textile sector evolves, Welspun Living remains dedicated to excellence, guided by a vision to create value for all stakeholders.
Dipali Goenka, CEO and MD of Welspun Living Limited stated, “At Welspun Living, our approach to 'Make in India, for the World' underscores the immense potential of India's manufacturing prowess. Through the integration of Industry 4.0 and AI, we are pioneering India's high capability standards globally. With our participation in Bharat Tex 2024, we aim to showcase our thought leadership on sustainability practices. Governance is critical, playing a significant role in catapulting the demand for Indian-made products globally. India is increasingly becoming a preferred global supply chain partner, and with technologies like predictive Analytics powered by AI, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, and Data Analytics, it is imperative that we stay ahead of the curve and let Indian Textile become a giant in the world-industry.”
Bharat Tex 2024 is expected to be a dynamic platform, bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders worldwide. Welspun Living looks forward to participating in insightful discussions, forming meaningful partnerships, and presenting its latest textile innovations at the event.
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