Saabira Chaudhuri, Wall Street Journal

Saabira Chaudhuri

Wall Street Journal

United Kingdom

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Recent articles by Saabira:

Zara Parent Company Elevates Founder’s Daughter to Chairwoman

Inditex appointed Marta Ortega Perez as its new chairwoman, placing a little-known 37-year-old atop one of the world’s largest fashion retailers. → Read More

Heineken Looks to Tap Growth in Africa With Duo of Deals

The world’s second-largest brewer said it would take control of cider, wine and spirits maker Distell and buy the remainder of Namibia Breweries it doesn’t already own, broadening its exposure to a region considered among the world’s most attractive growth markets for booze. → Read More

J&J Split Sees Band-Aid, Tylenol Go Their Own Way

The industrial conglomerate’s decision to spin off its consumer business creates a company focused on two markets it says could benefit from the growing trend toward self care: over-the-counter medicines and skin care. → Read More

Bud Brewer AB InBev Buoyed by Brazil Despite U.S. Weakness

Strong demand for the beer giant’s products in South America helped make up for weakness in the U.S., where drinkers switched away from beer and supply chains were disrupted. → Read More

Mucinex Owner Reckitt Sees Surge in Demand as Colds, Flu Return

Reckitt Benckiser said demand for its cold and the flu products was picking up as social distancing eases, helping it report stronger quarterly sales and raise its guidance for the year. → Read More

The Blind Climber, the Coding Evangelist and Others Who Inspire Unilever’s Former CEO

Before he led a consumer-goods giant, Paul Polman wanted to be a priest or a doctor. Now he’s working to combat climate change and poverty, and looking to the examples set by his personal board of directors. → Read More

Carbon Labels Are Coming to Your Shampoo Bottle

Shoppers have long been able to use nutrition labels to choose low-salt meals or reduced-sugar cereal. Now companies including Unilever and L’Oréal want them to select products based on carbon footprint. → Read More

Companies Ask Their Customers to Help Them Cut Emissions

Makers of shampoo, detergent and toothpaste are trying to tackle a major source of their carbon emissions by changing consumer habits. → Read More

Plastic Straws That Quickly Biodegrade in the Ocean? Not Quite, Scientists Say

Companies are touting straws and bottles made from a plant-based plastic, but researchers say some claims are overstated. → Read More

Hard Seltzers Help Bud Brewer Regain Some Sparkle

Beer giant AB InBev says alcoholic sparkling waters are helping offset weaker sales of Budweiser. → Read More

Nestle to Sell Poland Spring, Pure Life and Other Water Brands for $4.3 Billion

The Swiss company agreed to sell most of its North American bottled-water brands, including Poland Spring, Arrowhead and Pure Life, for $4.3 billion, hoping to jump-start growth by focusing on fewer brands. → Read More

Covid-19 Lockdowns Spur Shift to High-End Liquor

Americans drinking at home are splashing out on pricier whiskey, tequila and other spirits during the pandemic, helping distillers post their strongest sales in four decades. → Read More

Older Shoppers Are the Hot New Thing for Consumer Brands

Demographic changes and the pandemic are prompting companies to launch new products aimed at consumers they say are increasingly interested in aging well. → Read More

Americans Drinking More Tequila at Home Buoys Diageo

Online and in-store sales of Don Julio tequila and other spirits during the pandemic outweighed a slump in business at bars, helping liquor giant Diageo report a rise in half-year organic sales. → Read More

Bootmaker Dr. Martens Explores London IPO

The British footwear brand said it had taken the first steps toward a listing on the London Stock Exchange, touting its potential for growth in big markets like the U.S. and China. → Read More

Unilever to Give Investors Advisory Vote on Climate-Change Plan

Seeking more engagement with investors on climate issues, the consumer-goods giant said it would become the first major company to voluntarily let shareholders weigh in on its efforts to curb carbon emissions. → Read More

Gargling Could Slow Covid-19 Spread, Mouthwash Makers Say

Unilever PLC and Colgate-Palmolive Co. said research they commissioned showed certain types of mouthwash and toothpaste could potentially help deactivate the virus that causes Covid-19. → Read More

Forget Brexit and Lockdowns. England is Debating Pork Pies and Scotch Eggs.

New rules in England mean most pubs can only serve alcohol alongside a ‘substantial meal.’ → Read More

The IKEA Catalog Defined Home for Millions. Now It’s Gone.

IKEA’s decision to stop publishing its annual catalog marks the end of a tome that served as much as an aspirational lifestyle guide for millions as it did a marketing tool for the flat-pack furniture giant. → Read More

One Answer to America’s Recycling Problems—Make Big Brands Pay

Trade groups representing companies like Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo are easing their long-held opposition to sharing the costs of dealing with packaging waste. → Read More