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Dabur India Limited is a leading Indian consumer goods company with interests in Hair Care, Oral Care, Health Care, Skin Care, Home Care and Foods. From its humble beginnings in the bylanes of Calcutta way back in 1884 as an Ayurvedic medicines company, Dabur India Ltd has come a long way today to become a leading consumer products manufacturer in India. For the past 125 years, we have been dedicated to providing nature-based solutions for a healthy and holistic Lifestyle. Through our comprehensive range of products, we touch the lives of all consumers, in all age groups, across all social boundaries. And this legacy has helped us develop a bond of trust with our consumers. That guarantees you the best in all products carrying the Dabur name .

HistoryDabur India Limited is India's leading FMCG company with interests in health care, personal care and foods. Dabur has a history of more than 100 years and the company has carved a niche for it self in the field of Ayurvedic medicines. The products of Dabur are marketed in more than 50 countries worldwide. The company has 2 major strategic business units (SBU) - Consumer Care Division (CCD) & Consumer Health Division (CHD), and 3 Subsidiary Group companies Dabur Foods, Dabur Nepal and Dabur International. Dabur International has 3 step down subsidiaries -Asian Consumer Care in Bangladesh, African Consumer Care in Nigeria and Dabur Egypt. The origin of Dabur can be traced back to 1884 when Dr. S.K. Burman started a health care products manufacturing facility in a small Calcutta pharmacy. In 1896, as a result of growing popularity of Dabur products, Dr. Burman set up a manufacturing plant for mass production of formulations. In early 1900s, Dabur entered the specialized area of nature based Ayurvedic medicines. In 1919, Dabur established research laboratories to develop scientific processes and quality checks. In 1936, Dabur became a full-fledged company with the name Dabur India (Dr. S.K. Burman) Pvt Ltd. Dabur shifted its operations to Delhi in 1972. Dabur became a Public Limited Company in 1986 and Dabur India Limited came into existence after reverse merger with Vidogum Limited. In 1992, Dabur entered into a joint venture with Agrolimen of Spain to manufacture and market confectionary items in India. In 1994, Dabur raised its first IPO. In 1998, day to day running of the company was handed over to professionals. In 2000, Dabur achieved a turnover of Rs 1000 crores. In 2005, Dabur acquired Balsara. Dabur crossed $ 2 billion. Some of the well-known brands of Dabur are: Amla Chyawanprash, Hajmola, Lal Dantmanjan, Nature Care, Pudin Hara, Babool Toothpaste, Hingoli, Dabur Honey, Lemoneez, Meswak, Odonil, Real, RealActiv and Vatika.

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Dr. S K Burman lays the foundation of what is today known as Dabur India Limited. Starting from a small shop in Calcutta, he began a direct mailing system to send his medicines to even the smallest of villages in whole of India.


As the demand for Dabur products grows Dr. Burman feels the need for mass production of some of his medicines. He sets up a small manufacturing plant at Garhia near Calcutta

Early 1900s

The next generation of Burmans take a conscious decision to enter the Ayurvedic medicines market, as they believe that it is only through Ayurveda that the healthcare needs of poor Indians can be met.


The search for processes to suit mass production of Ayurvedic medicines without compromising on basic Ayurvedic principles leads to the setting up of the first Research & Development laboratory at Dabur. This initiates a painstaking study of Ayurvedic medicines as mentioned in age-old scriptures, their manufacturing processes and how to utilize modern equipment to manufacture these medicines without reducing the efficacy of these drugs


A manufacturing facility for Ayurvedic Medicines is set up at Narendrapur and Daburgram. Dabur expands its distribution network to Bihar and the northeast.


Dabur India (Dr. S K Burman) Pvt. Limited is incorporated.


Dabur diversifies into personal care products with the launch of its Dabur Amla Hair Oil. This perfumed heavy hair oil catches the imagination of the common man and film stars alike and becomes the largest hair oil brand in India.


Dabur Chyawanprash is launched in a tin pack and becomes the first branded Chyawanprash of India.

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Dabur buys its first computer. Accounts and stock keeping are one of first operations to be computerized.


Dabur expands its personal care portfolio by adding oral care products. Dabur Lal Dant Manjan is launched and captures the Indian rural market.


Dabur shifts base to Delhi from Calcutta. Starts production from a hired manufacturing facility at Faridabad.


Dabur launches the Hajmola tablet. This is the first time that a classical Ayurvedic medicine is branded -from Shudhabardhak bati to Hajmola tablet.


The Dabur Research Foundation (DRF), an independent company, is set up to spearhead Dabur's multi-faceted research.


Commercial production starts at Sahibabad. This is one of the largest and most modern production facilities for Ayurvedic medicines in India at that time (and even at this time also).


The Dabur brand turns 100 but is young enough to experiment with new offerings in the market.


Dabur becomes a public limited company through reverse merger with Vidogum Limited, and is re-christened Dabur India Limited.


Hajmola Candy is launched and captures the imagination of children and establishes a large market share


Dabur enters into a joint venture with Agrolimen of Spain for manufacturing and marketing confectionery items such as bubble gums in India.


Dabur sets up the oncology formulation plant at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh.

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Dabur India Limited comes out with its first public issue. The Rs.10 share is issued at a premium of Rs.85 per share. The issue is oversubscribed 21 times.


Dabur reorganizes its business with sales and marketing operations being divided into 3 separate divisions.


Dabur enters the oncology (anti-cancer) market with the launch of Intaxel (Paclitaxel). Dabur becomes only the second company in the world to launch this product. The Dabur Research Foundation develops the unique eco-friendly process of extracting the drug from the leaves of the Asian Yew tree.


Dabur enters into a joint venture with Osem of Israel for food and Bongrain of France for cheese and other dairy products


Dabur launches Real Fruit Juice which heralds the company's entry into the processed foods market. The core team comprised three men who launched this brand: Kartik Raina, Treman Ahluwalia and Rajeev Gogte. The brand went on to become one of the biggest successes in the history of Dabur.


The Foods division is created, comprising of Real Fruit Juice and Hommade cooking pastes to form the core of this division's product portfolio.


Project STARS (Strive To Achieve Record Successes) is initiated by the company to achieve accelerated growth in the coming years. The scope of this project is strategic, structural and operational changes to enable efficiencies and improve growth rates.

1999 Dabur achieves the Rs.1000 Crore turnover mark 2000


BUSINESSDabur India Limited has marked its presence with significant achievements and today commands a market leadership status. Our story of success is based on dedication to nature, corporate and process hygiene, dynamic leadership and commitment to our partners and stakeholders. The results of our policies and initiatives speak for themselves. Page | 6

Leading consumer goods company in India with a turnover of Rs. 2834.11 Crore (FY09) 3 major strategic business units (SBU) - Consumer Care Division (CCD), Consumer Health Division (CHD) and International Business Division (IBD) 3 Subsidiary Group companies - Dabur International, Fem Care Pharma and new and 8 step down subsidiaries: Dabur Nepal Pvt Ltd (Nepal), Dabur Egypt Ltd (Egypt), Asian Consumer Care (Bangladesh), Asian Consumer Care (Pakistan), African Consumer Care (Nigeria), Naturelle LLC (Ras Al Khaimah-UAE), Weikfield International (UAE) and Jaquline Inc. (USA). 17 ultra-modern manufacturing units spread around the globe Products marketed in over 60 countries Wide and deep market penetration with 50 C&F agents, more than 5000 distributors and over 2.8 million retail outlets all over India

Consumer Care Division (CCD) adresses consumer needs across the entire FMCG spectrum through four distinct business portfolios of Personal Care, Health Care, Home Care & Foods

Master brands: Dabur - Ayurvedic healthcare products Vatika - Premium hair care Hajmola - Tasty digestives Ral - Fruit juices & beverages Fem - Fairness bleaches & skin care products 9 Billion-Rupee brands: Dabur Amla, Dabur Chyawanprash, Vatika, Ral, Dabur Red Toothpaste, Dabur Lal Dant Manjan, Babool, Hajmola and Dabur Honey Strategic p