Godfrey Phillips India is one of the largest players in the Indian cigarette industry with an annual turnover of over Rs 2,800 crores (estimated 2010-11). Godfrey Phillips India has two major stakeholders, the K. K. Modi Group and Philip Morris. The company’s operations primarily span the entire northern and western part of the country with new markets like West Bengal and South of India.
Headquartered in Delhi, Godfrey Phillips India today boasts of five manufacturing facilities - located in Ghaziabad (near Delhi), Andheri (Mumbai), Rabale (Mumbai), Baramati and Bazpur (U.P.), and a state-of-the-art R&D centre in Mumbai and a tobacco buying unit in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh).
The company today manufactures some of the most popular cigarette brands in the country like FS1, Four Square, Red & White, Cavanders, Tipper and North Pole. Godfrey Phillips India is known for its innovations. The company has created popular products like Stellar, India’s first slim cigarette and ‘i-gen’ a king-size cigarette, the first in India to conform to EU norms of 10-1-10 in their kitty.
Godfrey Phillips India’s global mindset also drew the company towards an arrangement with Philip Morris for manufacturing and sale of the iconic brand Marlboro in India.
As a part of the growth strategy, Godfrey Phillips India has also made concerted efforts to a strong country-wide presence in the tea market by promoting their Tea City brand, and has also forayed into the highly competitive confectionary segment with Funda Goli. The company very recently launched Pan Vilas, pan masala which has been very well received in the market.
Their products are distributed through an extensive India wide network comprising 520 exclusive distributors, and over 800,000 retail outlets, and the company has over 12,000 shareholders.