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Feb, 01 2018

Thailand's CP Group launches India operations with an eye on US deals

The group plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore in India over next five years with the establishment of 15 distribution centers across the north of the country.

Siam Makro, CP’s retail arm, plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore in India over next five years with the establishment of 15 distribution centres across the north of the country, under LOTS Wholesale Solutions. The first two will open in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) in the second half of this year.

Tanit Chearavanont, managing director, LOTS Wholesale Solutions said,  “We bring with us 28 years of experience in serving various business-to-business customers such as hotels, restaurants and catering (HoReCa), traders and service customers, through different cash-and-carry formats, large and small,” ​ “We are confident that we will surely be able to enhance the modern wholesale sector in totality.” ​

The company has adopted a 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route.

It said this development would generate about 5,000 jobs in the country.

Siam Makro currently has about 123 cash-and-carry stores in Thailand. The company had also recently launched the cash-and-carry business in China and Cambodia.

India Retailing reported Siam Makro chief marketing officer Siriporn Dechsingha having said, “India is an important market for us… LOTS Wholesale Solutions will invest in people, technology and supply chain infrastructure and looks forward to contributing to India’s economic growth.”

“Our purpose inspires us to ‘Enhance People’s Lives’ by working closely with suppliers and farmers to produce environment-friendly products and to improve food safety supplies. One of the key pillars of Makro Capabilities Engine for sustainable mutual growth is ‘Local Love’ that empower us to source large majority of assortments locally.”​

An eye on the US market, including frozen foods

Several merger and acquisition deals are being thought over by the CP group, according to its US business chairman Boonchai Opas-iam-likit. He said this to reporters on the side-lines of an event to promote the launch of products from US frozen food maker Bellisio Foods, in Thailand.

CP Foods, the flagship arm of the CP Group, merged Bellisio Foods in 2016, a major investment by the Group’s major investment in the US.

As Per the report, the Nikkei Asian Review ​ CP Foods aims to boost Bellisio Foods' exports to Asian markets, where consumers are increasingly consuming more Western food. The company has initiated this effort with the launch of four products in Thailand's 10,000-odd 7-Eleven stores.

"CP Group stands ready to support and promote trade and investment between the United States of America and Thailand,"​CP Group chief executive Suphachai Chearavanont reiterated at the event.

Q3 profits down but overseas sales up​

CP Foods reported a drop in third-quarter net profit but a hike in sales from its overseas operations towards the end of last year.

The food and agribusiness company listed on the Bangkok stock exchange reported a net profit of 4.91b baht, down 5% year-on-year. Net profit for the year-to-date was 12.93b baht, flat on the same period of 2016.

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