Unilever in India - Rural Marketing Initiatives

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Case Code : MKTA008
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1998-2004
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Unilever, Hindustan Lever Limited
Industry : Fast Moving Consumer Goods
Countries : India

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