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Patanjali to borrow Rs 5,000 cr to fund food parks

The FMCG major will have Rs 1-lakh crore worth of manufacturing capacity by 2021, says Ramdev

Arnab Dutta  |  New Delhi 

Baba Ramdev

Ayurved is planning to borrow about Rs 5,000 crore to fund its mega food and herbal parks across the country, its founder said on Wednesday.

The ayurveda-to-major has been funding most of its requirements from internal accruals. But to meet the need for investment to set up the food and herbal parks in Baripada (Assam), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh), and Dankaur (Uttar Pradesh), it is now looking to borrow from banks.

It aims to start manufacturing in the five parks by mid-2018. Two other places where it aims to set up units are Alwar in Rajasthan and Jammu. said its production capacity would be worth Rs 1 lakh crore by 2021.

      Expanding Footprint

  • Firm looking to set up food & herbal parks at Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh
  • Aims to start manufacturing in the five parks by mid-2018
  • Two other places where it aims to set up units are Alwar in Rajasthan and Jammu
  • Group’s sales grew from Rs 453 cr in FY12 to Rs 10,561 cr in FY17

In February, Patanjali’s Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna told Business Standard it would need to invest Rs 5,000 crore in the food parks, and was looking for sources of funding.

Over the past few years, the group has set an unprecedented example of growing in leaps and bounds, before laying down a strong in-house manufacturing and widespread distribution base. It is now transforming its business model by expanding its production capacity and distribution reach, much in line with other consumer goods majors.

Ramdev, who plans to beat all in the country, said the firm would overtake Hindustan Unilever, currently the sector leader, by 2019. racked in Rs 34,487 crore net sales during 2016-17.

The group’s sales has grown from Rs 453 crore in 2011-2012 to Rs 10,561 crore in 2016-17. However, analysts point towards the downside risk of losing competitive advantage on the pricing front as heavy dependence on third-party manufacturers leave little space for efficiency, apart from on quality control.

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 01:13 IST