The Parle biscuit factory is synonymous with Mumbai’s Vile Parle; the company derived its name from the location of its first manufacturing unit.1
As in the case of many businesses that once flourished in the city, the renowned factory shut down its doors after 87 glorious years of operation. Over the decade or so, the production output was turning sick, forcing its owners to shut the unit. The factory’s closure will have little impact on Parle’s overall production.
Parle, considered to be the biggest biscuit manufacturer in the world, had halted production at the factory a few weeks back owing to the reduced production capacity. Unlike the case of the Mumbai’s mill workers, the factory’s staffs weren’t left in a lurch after its closure. An official statement from Parle claims that all the 300 employees of the Vile Parle unit opted for voluntary retirement.
The Parle factory, which started its operations in 1929, manufactured candies, which were distributed and sold at local kirana stores. Later, the company ventured into biscuit production and has dominated the market since then.
According to Parle’s website, the company holds a 40 percent share in the biscuit market and a 15 percent share of the total confectionery market in India.
The closure may have no impact on the city dwellers, but they will certainly miss the aroma of freshly baked biscuits every time they cross Vile Parle station.