Tata Consumer taps Gharry Eccles to head International business unit

UK – Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL), has appointed Gharry Eccles as the president of international business, effective 17th January 2022. 

Eccles succeeds Adil Ahmad who will retire from the company on May 31, 2022, after a successful tenure of seven years. 

During his tenure, Adil led several initiatives to strengthen the International Business and deliver strong performance across key markets 

Eccles has a rich experience in consumer products and has worked with organizations such as PZ Cussons PLC, Muller Dairy Ltd, The Wrigley Company and Kimberly Clarke, Europe. 

Prior to his appointment at Tata, Eccles worked with Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between Nestle and General Mills. 

He was the vice-president of the business unit with responsibilities for the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Eccles will be based in Greenford, London, and will work closely with Ahmad over the next several months to ensure a smooth and seamless transition,” TCPL said in a statement. 

TCPL is the second-largest branded tea company in the world and owns several beverage brands include Tata Tea, Tetley, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Tata Coffee Grand, Himalayan Natural Mineral Water, Tata Water Plus and Tata Gluco Plus.  

The FMCG arm of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Group has a foods portfolio includes brands such as Tata Salt, Tata Sampann, Tata Soulfull and Tata Q. 

The business draws 33% of its business from international markets—the rest comes from India.  

It has a strong presence in markets such as the United States followed by the UK and Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Australia and South Africa.  

Earlier, Tata Consumer Products MD & CEO Sunil D’Souza revealed that the business is going beyond its commodity-driven focus on tea, coffee, salt, and spices to look at “value-added premiumization. 

The company is looking to add immunity-infused products across its range like Sampann Haldi Doodh, Copper Plus Water or herbal ingredient infused Tata Tea Gold Care. 

It also plans to grow its ready-to-heat/ready-to-eat segment and will add capacity and increase footprint. 

“While our base business of tea and salt still has some runway for growth, we are also focussing on health and immunity to adapt to changes in consumer behaviour due to the pandemic,” D’Souza added.  

To that end the company has launched Tata Soulfull for millet-based cereal and snacks and acquired Tata SmartFoodz for the ready-to-eat category. 

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