ITC to acquire Kolkata-based - spice-maker Sunrise Foods

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FMCG major ITC Ltd will acquire city-based packaged spice-maker Sunrise Foods for an undisclosed sum.

The company has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of the equity share capital of Sunrise Foods Private Ltd (SFPL).

SFPL is a 70-year-old legacy brand engaged in the business of spices under the trademark ‘Sunrise’. The brand is a market leader in eastern India in the packaged spices category — both in basic and blended segments.

The share purchase agreement is “subject to fulfillment of various terms and conditions as specified”, ITC said in a release.

“The proposed acquisition will augment the product portfolio and is aligned to ITC’s aspiration to significantly scale up its Spices business and expand its footprint across the country,” the company said in the release.

According to market sources, the proposed acquisition is aligned with ITC’s strategy to rapidly scale up its FMCG business in a profitable manner.

“This is a positive development for ITC as among its diversified portfolio, we are most excited by ITC's foods business because of synergy with its agribusiness and a strong understanding of Consumer taste due to its Hotel business,” Abneesh Roy, Senior VP - Institutional Equities Research, Edelweiss Securitised, said.

According to him, it makes much more sense to buy a leader than creating a brand from scratch.

“Branded Spices is an exciting and high growth segment as Consumer shifts from unbranded to branded due to higher focus on safety, trust, and quality,” Roy added.

ITC Ltd already has a spices range under the ‘Aashirvaad’ brand and the company claims to be a market leader in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is also one of the leading exporters of high-quality spices.

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