Who were the major players of fairness ream

Marketing Management

Who were the major players of fairness ream

CASE STUDY (20 Marks)

In 1975, HLL launched its first fairness cream under the F&L brand. With the launch of F&L, the market, which was dominated by Ponds (Vanishing Cream and Cold Cream) and Lakme (Sunscreen Lotion), lost their dominant position. The dominance of HLL’s F&L continued till 1998, when CavinKare launched its Fairever cream in direct competition with F&L. In June 1999, the FMCG major Hindustan Lever Ltd. (HLL) announced that it would offer 50% extra volume on its Fair & Lovely (F&L) fairness cream at the same price to the consumers. This was seen by industry analysts as a combative initiative to prevent CavinKare’s Fairever from gaining popularity in retail markets. HLL’s scheme led to increased sales of F&L and encouraged consumers to stay with F&L and not shift to the rival brand. In December 1999, Godrej Soaps created a new product category fairness soaps by launching its Fair Glow Fairness Soap. The product was successful and reported sales of more than Rs. 700 million in the first year of its launch. Godrej extended the brand to fairness cream by launching FairGlow Fairness Cream in July 2000. By 2001, CavinKare’s Fairever fairness cream, with the USP of ‘a fairness cream with saffron’ acquired a 15% share, and F&L’s share fell from 93% (in 1998) to 76%. Within a year of its launch, Godrej’s Fair Glow cream became the third largest fairness cream brand, with a 4% share in the Rs. 6 billion fairness cream market in India. he other players, including J.L. Morrison’s Nivea Visage fairness cream and Emami Group’s Emami Naturally Fair cream, had the remaining 5% share. Clearly, the fairness cream and soaps market was witnessing a fierce battle among the three major players HLL, CavinKare, and Godrej each trying to woo the consumer with their attractive schemes.

Answer the following question.

Q1. Give reasons for the loss of the dominant position of Ponds (Vanishing Cream and Cold Cream) and Lakme (Sunscreen Lotion) in the market.

Q2. Who were the major players of fairness ream? Describe the marketing strategy adopted by by Hindustan Lever Ltd. (HLL) to gain popularity in retail market.

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