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Business News/ Science / Health/  Horlicks, Boost no more ‘healthy’ drinks: Hindustan Unilever rebrands products after govt directive on Cadbury Bournvita
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Horlicks, Boost no more ‘healthy’ drinks: Hindustan Unilever rebrands products after govt directive on Cadbury Bournvita

Hindustan Unilever, which makes drinks like Horlicks and Boost, has renamed its 'health food drinks' to 'functional nutritional drinks' or FND.

Horlicks-maker Hindustan Unilever has renamed its 'health food drinks' to 'functional nutritional drinks'. (Screengrab from YouTube/Horlicks IN)Premium
Horlicks-maker Hindustan Unilever has renamed its 'health food drinks' to 'functional nutritional drinks'. (Screengrab from YouTube/Horlicks IN)

Hindustan Unilever has renamed its 'health food drinks' to 'functional nutritional drinks' (FND). This change follows the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry's directive to e-commerce sites, instructing them not to list such products under the 'healthy drinks' category. This effectively means that HUL brands like Horlicks and Boost will now fall under the new category.

“We have changed the labels of the category to FND which is a much better way to call it," Hindustan Unilever CFO Ritesh Tiwari said.

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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry earlier advised e-commerce platforms not to classify Cadbury Bournvita and similar drinks as 'health drinks'. This is because the Food Safety and Standards Act does not have a 'health drinks' category.

Earlier, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights said the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSS Act) 2006 did not define 'health drinks'.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) asked e-commerce websites not to put dairy, cereal, or malt-based beverages under the ‘health drink’ or ‘energy drink’ categories as it is a wrong term to use, which can mislead the customers.

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"National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a statutory body constituted under Section (3) of the Commission of Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 after its inquiry under Section 14 of CRPC Act 2005 concluded that there is no 'health drink' defined under FSS Act 2006, rules and regulations submitted by FSSAI and Mondelez India Food Pvt Ltd," the ministry said in a notification, dated April 10.

Hindustan Unilever to grow in FND

Hindustan Unilever sees a big chance to grow in the FND category. According to Tiwari, the company plans to get more customers, increase product use, and offer better products to encourage consumers to choose more advanced options. 

The company has also noticed that premium products, especially those for diabetes and women's health, are selling better.

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Published: 25 Apr 2024, 04:28 PM IST
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