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  1. Introduction
  2. Distribution of the FMCG sector
  3. Introduction to the tobacco companies
    1. The Indian tobacco company (ITC)
  4. Indian leafs tobacco development (ILTD) division
  5. Tobacco & it's processing
  6. Production process of cigarettes
  7. Secondary process of cigarette production
  8. Working area of ITC Ltd
    1. Cigarettes and tobacco
    2. Hotels
    3. Packaging
    4. Paper board & specialty paper
    5. Information technology, life style retailing and agro-exports
  9. Preamble of ITC
  10. ITC's market strategies
  11. General overview of the cigarette industry
    1. Products and applications
    2. Market size and growth
    3. Consumer habits and practices
    4. Awareness and penetration
  12. Market survey
  13. Conclusion
  14. Bibliography

The FMCG sector has been the cornerstone of the Indian economy. Though the sector has been into existence for quite a long time, it began to take shape only during the last fifty-odd years. The sector touches every aspect of human life, from looks to hygiene to palate. Perhaps, defining an industry whose scope is so vast is not so easy.

ITC was incorporated on August 24, 1910 under the name of 'Imperial Tobacco Company of India Limited'. Its beginnings were humble. A leased office on Radha Bazar Lane, Kolkata, was the centre of the Company's existence. The Company celebrated its 16th birthday on August 24, 1926, by purchasing the plot of land situated at 37, Chowringhee, (now renamed J.L. Nehru Road) Kolkata, for the sum of Rs 310,000. This decision of the Company was historic in more ways than one. It was to mark the beginning of a long and eventful journey into India's future. The Company's headquarter building, 'Virginia House', which came up on that plot of land two years later, would go on to become one of Kolkata's most venerated landmarks. The Company's ownership progressively indianized, and the name of the Company was changed to I.T.C. Limited in 1974. In recognition of the Company's multi-business portfolio encompassing a wide range of businesses - Cigarettes & Tobacco, Hotels, Information Technology, Packaging, Paperboards & Specialty Papers, Agri-Exports, Foods, Lifestyle Retailing and Greeting Gifting & Stationery - the full stops in the Company's name were removed effective September 18, 2001. The Company now stands rechristened ?ITC Limited'.

ITC is one of India's foremost private sector companies with a market capitalization of nearly 19505 cr. and a turnover of over is 12369 cr. ITC also ranks among India's top 10 `Most Valuable (Company) Brands', in a study conducted by Brand Finance and published by the Economic Times. ITC was the first company in India to voluntarily seek a corporate governance rating. ITC is rated among the World's Best Big Companies, Asia's 'Fab 50' and the World's Most Reputable Companies by Forbes magazine, among India's Most Respected Companies by Business World and among India's Most Valuable Companies by Business Today.

[...] Agro-Exports: - ITC international business division (IBD) is doing Exports activities Of Agriculture products and processed foods Etc. he exports following items to UK And Another European countries- 1. Soya meal Rice 3. Aqua products Peanuts Coffee Wheat Sesame Seeds Black pepper 9. Processed & frozen fruits & vegetables. H. Group Companies: - Main group companies- a). ITC Hotels. b). Surya Nepal private limited. c). International travel house d). Land base Associate companies -ITC filtrona. ITC A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN ITC is a responsible corporate citizen: - ITC is doing so many activities for the welfare of society and darks as a responsible corporate leader without any gap. [...]

[...] They are fully automated with the latest equipment to process and deliver 100 million Kg's of high quality tobacco every year. It is no surprise that they enjoy ISO9002 and ISO14001 accreditations. He have two processing lines in the southern state of Andhra parades - chirala with 3 processing lines and antipathy with 1 processing line. Chirala unit is first unit in India who has received the ?Coveted Social Accountability Standard Certification (SA 8000). This unit? ware housing facilities are benchmarked to international standard for hygiene and infestation control. [...]

[...] Other than parents, the most significant driver towards smoking habit is peer (friends) pressure. Advertisements rarely induce first smoking. India has the highest rate of excise duty, making cigarettes very expensive. This has helped boost other forms of tobacco consumption such as bidis etc. Awareness and Penetration In India, there are about 200mn tobacco consumers. About 18% of people in India smoke either bidi or cigarette. Among them 25mn smoke cigarettes. The relative share of smokers is higher in rural areas at compared to in urban areas. [...]

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