Marico has announced a strategic investment in HW Wellness Solutions with an acquisition of ~54% equity stake through primary infusion and secondary buyouts. Co-founded by Puru Gupta and Sreejith Moolayil, HW Wellness Solutions owns “True Elements”, a clean label, digital-first brand playing in the rapidly growing healthy breakfast and snacks segment in India.
True Elements is India's only food brand to be recognized as both 'Clean Label' & '100% Wholegrain'. It is anchored on providing “Food that DOES NOT LIE to you” and promises 0% preservatives, 0% chemicals & 0% added sugar in its offerings. It offers a wide range of 70+ products spanning across categories of Western breakfast (oats, quinoa, muesli, granola, flakes), Indian breakfast (poha, upma, dosa), Snacks (roasted seeds, seed mixes, raw seeds) amongst others. Available on over 90 online platforms & in over 12,000 retail outlets, True Elements currently garners majority of its business through online marketplaces and plans to significantly ramp up its offline presence over the next few years.
Saugata Gupta, managing director and chief executive officer, Marico, said, “True Elements is another step towards expanding our total addressable market in the healthy foods segment. We believe the ethos of the brand complements the purpose that drives Marico. The exciting range of products bring to life the rare and virtuous blend of quality, taste and health at the right price. This adds another digital-first brand in our portfolio, which not only has a distinct proposition but also exhibits strong fundamentals along with a growing digital and offline presence.”
Puru Gupta, chief executive officer and co-founder, HW Wellness Solutions, said, “We are delighted to have entered a strategic partnership with Marico. As a brand, True Elements has always focused on staying ‘True’ across all its touchpoints - including Purpose, People, Product and Planet, and we are glad to have found a partner who echoes this way of thinking. True Elements built its first phase of growth behind a portfolio of innovative Clean Food and building high consumer trust- while we continue to push the bar on those, our next phase will be focused on long term brand building and accelerating our entry into newer households.”
Sreejith Moolayil, chief operating officer and co-founder, HW Wellness Solutions, said, “In addition to value systems, we see strong synergies with Marico in terms of our aspirations for the brand and are confident that this partnership will only make our promise of providing clean, healthy & no nonsense food much stronger.”