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New Standard Pack Size To Be Introduced Soon

Indian  Fmcg  would  have to  implement  standard pack sizes  which were  offloaded since  2004  where fmcg manufacturers were allowed  to  have non  standard  weights  such as  18 g , 36g , 89g  etc. which has made consumers confused  while relating  and calculating   the price comparisons with  quantity of different brands .

Maximum impact  would  be on  confectionery  , soaps , coffee and edible oil  manufacturers   companies  which  would have impact would be Britannia ,Parle , ITC , Hindustan  lever , Nestle and Cadburys .

Manufacturers have to  exhaust  inventories of existing packing  and change over to  new weights  , which may lead to  price increase in most of the  skus  and  product  availability in market .Packaging cost would  hit  the profit margins as well it might also results in lowering of demand for few products . Reduction of grammage has been major  cost reduction drive for many fmcgs  , keeping margins thru  lower weights at same price without any hike in the price .

Finally its the consumer which would gain  from rationalization  of packet weights giving them a clear picture of price comparison vis-a-vis  weight .

The  law  states that the packet weight which are  below 100g  to  label their products in terms of  25g, 50g,75g,100g  above 100g to 300g it would be  100g, 150g,200g ,250g  and above it would be in multiples of 100g  such as 200g ,300g,400g etc . Ministry  of Consumer affairs  has shortlisted 19 categories of product to start with new norms  applicable  from  1st , July 2012 .Earlier law enacted was under  standards of weights and measure ( Packaged Commodities) Rule , 1977.

here  are  the  new  standard weights  norms under  Indian Legal Metrology Packaged Commodities Rules


 Product  category              New weight as per  proposed amendments 

Baby food 100g,200g,300g,400g,500g,600,g, 700 g,800 g, 900g,1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg and 10 kg
Weaning food 100g,200g,300g,400g,500g,600,g, 700 g,800 g, 900g,1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg and 10 kg
Biscuits 25g, 50g, 75g, 100g, 150g, 200g, 250g, 300g and thereafter in multiples of 100g up to 1 kg
Bread including brown bread but excluding bun. 100g and thereafter in of multiples 100g
Un-canned packages of butter and margarine 25 g, 50 g, 100 g, 200 g, 500 g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg, and thereafter in multiples of 5 kg
Cereals and Pulses 100g, 200g, 500g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg and thereafter multiples of 5 kg
Coffee 25g, 50g, 100g, 200g, 250g, 500g, 1kg and thereafter in multiples of 1kg
Tea 25g, 50g, 100g, 125g 250g, 500g, 1kg and thereafter in multiples of 1kg
Edible Oils Vanaspati, ghee, butter oil 50 g, 100 g, 200 g, 500 g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 3 kg, 5 kg and thereafter in multiples of 5 kg
Milk Powder Below 50g no restriction, 50 g, 100g, 200g, 500 g, 1 kg and thereafter in multiples of 500 g
Non-soapy detergents (powder) Below 50 g no restriction, 50g, 100g, 200g, 500g, 700g, 1kg, 1.5 kg, 2 kg and thereafter, in multiples of 1 kg.
Rice(powdered), flour, atta, rawa and suji 100g, 200g, 500g, 1kg, 2kg, 5 kg and thereafter in multiples of 5 kg.
Salt Below 50g in multiples of 10g, 50g, 100g, 200g, 500g, 750g, 1 kg, 2 kg, 5 kg and thereafter in multiples of 5 kg
Soaps 25g, 50g, 75g, 100g, 125g, 150g, the multiples of 50g
Aerated soft drinks, non-alcoholic beverages 65 ml (fruit based drinks only), 100 ml, 125ml(fruit based drinks only), 150 ml, 200 ml, 250 ml, 300 ml, 330ml(in cans only), 500 ml, 750 ml, 1 litre, 1.5 litre, 2 litre, 3 litre, 4 litre and 5 litre
Mineral water and drinking water 100 ml, 130 ml, 150 ml, 200 ml, 250 ml, 300 ml, 330 ml, 500 ml, 600 ml 750 ml, 1 litre, 1.2 litre, 1.5 litre, 2 litre, 3 litre, 4 litre and 5 litre

source : Legal Metrology Packaged  Commodities  Rule .

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  1. Finally its the consumer which would gain from rationalization of packet weights giving them a clear picture of price comparison vis-a-vis weight .

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