Thursday, March 15, 2007

Reliance Industries giving shape to global ambitions; in talks with Carrefour, Dow Chemicals for strategic alliances

Reliance Industries is reportedly in talks with French retail major Carrefour as well as other global players for acquiring controlling stake in these companies to reach out to international consumers with its basket of Indian food produce.

Reliance has created a war-chest of Rs. 100,000 crores and is looking to create international business arms for accessing global markets by leveraging on its supply chain that was put in place as part of the farm-to-fork project. Besides Carrefour, Reliance is also talking to Tier-2 companies like Salisbury and Marks and Spencer for food business.

Carrefour on its part has denied any sort of discussions with Reliance for either a controlling stake in the former or a joint venture. In a related development, Reliance is also in talks with Dow Chemicals and is expected to form a petrochemical JV.

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