Top 10 FMCG Companies in United Kingdom (UK) 2015

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9. Tesco

This company is slightly different from normal FMCG list.


Sales ($ Bn): 102.6

Profits ($ Bn): 0.264

Assets ($ Bn): 86

Market Value ($ Bn): 29.7

But since its huge retail operations and high private label sold under the brand Tesco, this company has huge potential of disrupting the industry. Headquartered in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, Tesco is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise company. Measured by profits it comes third and by revenues 2nd Tesco is considered to be the Walmart of U.K. Its business operations spreads over 12 countries in Europe and Asia in form of super market and hyper market stores. It is market leader in groceries in U.K as well as Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia

Founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen as a small grocery shop, the name Tesco originated from combination of a retail shipment of initials T.E and surname of Jack Cohen. Since inception it has focused mainly on grocery retailing in the U.K but in the past 20 years Tesco has increasingly diversified by investing capital to grow organically by selling items like electronics and clothing and even financial services. Post 1990s Tesco re-positioned itself as one stop solution of all shopping needs of people from all strata of society opening differentiated stores. This strategy was successful making Tesco a 2500 store company by 2015. In India it has opened stored in partnership with Tata Enterprise since FDI is allowed only upto 49%. It has huge private label operations in its stores and due to its extensive reach has pricing power over various brands. Since currently there is only one entity Tesco which comprises of variety of subsidiaries it is difficult to assess the retailing business. It has highest value of physical assets in our list and in 2014 had a high revenue of $102 billion highest in the list but due to high investment in assets and managing of stores its profits are less and so is the market capitalization.