Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble

From Tide laundry detergent to Crest toothpaste, Americans spend roughly $100 on Procter & Gamble products each year.

But in China, where P&G is the number one consumer products company bringing in more than $5 billion in annual sales, the average consumer spends less than $4 a year on P&G products.

The Cincinnati-based company sees tremendous opportunity in China's growing middle class, and has already invested more than $1 billion in its operations there. It's also creating new low-cost products to reach poor, underserved rural communities -- what the company calls the "$2 a day" consumer, based on average income.

P&G now employs about 8,000 people in China and is adding more.

An active member of the U.S. China Business Council, P&G's CEO Robert McDonald often points out that growth overseas actually supports American jobs.

"The simple fact is that success in fast-developing markets like China leads to secure, high-wage jobs here at home," he said in an op-ed in October, estimating one in five of P&G's 40,000 U.S. employees support the company's international business.

Can P&G make money in places where people earn $2 a day?

Last updated August 22 2011: 12:03 PM ET
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