Friday, May 4, 2007

Godrej Sara Lee may take over Sara Lee business in India

Godrej Sara Lee, the joint venture company between the Godrej Group and US-based Sara Lee Corporation, is in discussions to take over Sara Lee’s independent business unit in India. While Sara Lee has a 51 per cent stake in Godrej Sara Lee (GSL), a household product company, it also has an independent unit, Sara Lee Household and Body Care India, which is headquartered in Chennai. The independent unit markets brands like Kiwi shoe polish, drain cleaner Kiwi Dranex and hair care brand Brylcreem in India. It is believed that the business and operations of Sara Lee Household and Body Care will be transferred to GSL. Sources familiar with the discussions said the size of the transaction is estimated to be in the range of Rs 100 crore. At present, Godrej Sara Lee’s portfolio largely consists of household insecticide brands like Hit and Good Knight in India, apart from Sara Lee’s air purifier brand, Ambi Pur. Industry sources said Sara Lee was keen on moving all its brands to one company to better manage its portfolio in India.

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