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Nestle CEO's lesson from 2015 Maggi crisis: Address concerns quickly

'The slightest concern gets out on social media, which builds up sentiments and beliefs very quickly,' said Nestle CEO Mark Schneider

Press Trust of India  |  Vevey (Switzerland) 

Nestle, which internationally has over 2,000 brands, is betting on its pharma business to reduce dependence on Maggi in India

Global and company said it is important to address concerns quickly in this era of and this has been a key learning from the 2015 crisis in India, said a top

The company also said staying closely engaged with the local governments and the consumers is "super important" in the markets, adding that the strategy had worked in the noodles case of 2015.

"The slightest concern gets out on and internet, which builds up sentiments and beliefs very quickly," said

He further added: "It is important in all times to be totally factually correct but it is also important to react early and quickly as you see sentiment building up..."

Recounting the crisis in when the Nestle's popular product was banned for five months, Schneider said that there was "a wave of sentiment building against the product, at the time it was hurting us very strongly".

"One of the reasons why we recovered so quickly is that the product was found to be right and that was very important to us," he said on a with the visiting journalists.

is one of the "key markets" for the company, and India, which is listed on local exchanges, crossed the Rs 10,000-crore sales mark in 2017.

Maggi was banned by the Safety and (FSSAI) in June 2015 for five months for allegedly containing lead beyond permissible limits, forcing to withdraw the product from the market. Following legal battles, the popular noodles brand was back in the market in November 2015.

Although has regained its market dominance in the instant noodles segment with around 60 per cent market share, it is still away from the 75 per cent market share it used to have before the crisis. Currently, Maggi contributes around one-third of the total sales of

First Published: Tue, November 20 2018. 16:05 IST
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