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What’s fuelling India’s nutraceutical boom?

One of the many changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic is the rise of healthier lifestyles. 

And riding this demand are direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands with dedicated product lines to immunity boosters and vitamin supplements. In fact, a report by Deloitte claims that the Indian nutraceuticals market is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 21 percent in 2022.

“What was earlier a ‘fitness enthusiast’ market is now a proactive health aware market. More consumers are taking care of their body and have actively increased consumption in this category,” Rahul Chowdhri, Partner at Stellaris, tells YourStory.

The emergence of nutraceuticals startups is further signified by investor interest in the market. According to data by Tracxn, out of the top 50 Indian startups in the segment, 20 have raised funding in 2020 and 2021. 

This demand is also rising in terms of diversification, as more and more startups are focusing on health foods and beauty products as well.

“Look better and eat better are both super core needs, and brands want to diversify the problems they tackle,” says Cathy Guo, Manager, Investments and Portfolio at Antler.

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The Interview

There has never been a better time to run a D2C beauty or personal care brand in India. To understand the factors driving the growth of the sector, hear from industry pioneers on the third episode of ‘Scale to Succeed’ by HSBC, in association with YourStory.

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