Snapshots of Food Industry News
Mother Dairy Opens First Restaurant in Noida, plans 60 outlets in Delhi-NCR
Mother Dairy has forayed into the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) segment with the launch of its first cafe in Noida in Sector-1. Named ‘Cafe Delights’, the outlet was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Sanjeev Kumar Balyan.
The newly-opened eatery will offer holistic food options and delicacies from across the country and will provide consumers anunmatched experience.Going forward, the company plans to open about 60 outlets in Delhi-NCR over the next 12 months.
The initiative is Mother Dairy’s conscious effort in bridging the gap between the farmers and the urban consumers and will create more avenues for farmers’ products. Discerning consumers are always on the lookout for more options and modern alternatives to food consumption. Therefore, in recent years ice cream and snacking parlours have gained popularity. Mother Dairy would like to provide consumers modern and contemporary outlets that will provide quality food options that conform to food safety and hygiene norms.
McDonald’s India Partners with Zomato in Northern and Eastern Region
McDonald’s India has partnered with online food ordering and delivery platform Zomato for expanding McDelivery in the Northern and Eastern region.McDonald’s restaurants in North and East India are operated by Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd.Customers in North and East India will now be able to order McDonald’s food items on Zomato, and get it delivered to their doorsteps. The service will be available through more than 125 McDonald’s restaurants in the region. This will provide better accessibilityas it will become even more convenient for them to enjoy their favourite McDonald’s menu items through the Zomato platform.
Zomato’s live order-tracking feature is streamlined with in-restaurant operation to provide the best experience for diners as it delivers food as hot and fresh as possible. Zomato is delighted to partner with McDonald’s as the brand is famous for having revolutionized the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) segment in India.
Burger Singh to Open 66 Outlets Pan India in Next Six Months
Burger Singh, the Indian Burger chain, is all set to go full steam with its plans to open 66 more outlets across India. Currently the burger chain, which provides burgerswith an India twist,boasts of about 35 outlets. The expansion plans will be carried out on the basis of a two-pronged strategy – firstly, to increase the number of franchise outlets pan-India, and secondly, open more third-party cloud kitchens.The brand also has an international presence in London with three outlets and one food truck, and the franchise partner plans to take this number up to 17 in the next three years.
The Indian burger chain sees an enormous market in Tier-II and III cities and in the last one month, has signed up new franchise outlets in Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, NCR and regions of Punjab.Their outlets in Dehradun, Jaipur and Nagpur are even surpassing their Delhi outlets in volumes. They believe that a value product, served with consistent quality does can do well in any demography. Their model consists of franchise but with the idea of building long-term partnerships. They have franchisees who began with one outlet but now own multiple Burger Singh outlets. Burger Singh currently offers three franchise models, ranging from Dine-in, Express (takeaway/delivery) and Mini (kiosk), and total investment costing anywhere from Rs 13-35 lakh.The burger delivery chain also offers interesting high return options like franchise-owned company-operated investment.
Zomato Acquires 9.99% Stake in Uber’s Food Delivery India Business
Zomato, one of the largest food apps in India, recently acquired Uber’s food delivery business in India in an all-stock transaction. This transaction will give Uber 9.99 per cent ownership in Zomato.Zomato has a leading food delivery business across more than 500 cities in India and the latest acquisition will significantly strengthen their position in the category.Uber Eats in India will discontinue operations and will direct restaurants, delivery partners, and users presently on the Uber Eats apps towards the Zomato platform.
Uber has liked Zomato’s ability to grow rapidly in a capital-efficient manner. Zomato has grown intoa restaurant review, restaurant discovery, food delivery and dining out transaction platform providing in-depth information about 1.5 million restaurants across 24 countries and serves over 70 million users every month.Uber is basically a ride company and they wish to grow their local rides business which they started in 2010. Uber is changing how people, food, and things move through cities.
Starbucks Returns with Barista Pride and Launches Starbucks Crawl
Starbucks has brought back Barista Pride, with the launch of 174 new beverages which have been conceptualised with partners from all its outlets across India. The Barista Pride beverages are unique to their respective outlets but will be available at all the outlets till January 31, 2020. Starbucks has also introduced Starbucks Crawl which will enable customers to explore the Barista Pride drinks across the country.
Every unique beverage will enable customers to collect stamps along the way on the Barista Pride passport. After the seventh beverage, they will receive the eighth beverage for free as a reward. Also, customers can share their own Starbucks crawl journeys and get a chance to win free Starbucks beverages for a month.The wide range of unique beverages includes Cocoa Vanilla Latte and Marble Mocha Macchiato.The former is available at the DLF promenade store in New Delhi while the latter is and is available at the Chapel Road outlet in Mumbai.
Global Brand Hershey’s Chocolates Set to Come to India
Hershey India Pvt Ltd, a part of The Hershey Company of North America is all set to roll out their much loved chocolates across India. Consumers across the country will now be able to experience Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates, Hershey’s Bars and Hershey’s Exotic Dark.The 110-year-old iconic Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates are distinct because of their unique shape. The creamy delicious chocolates will be available in three exciting flavours; the classic creamy Milk Chocolate; Almonds – which has creamy milk chocolate and real almond pieces and the Cookies `n’ Creme flavour – which has creamy white chocolate with enticing cookie bits.
The Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates will be available at an attractive price point of Rs 50 for the small pack of 36g. A larger, take-home pack will be priced at Rs 140 for 108g. on the other hand the iconic Hershey’s Bar will be available at an attractive price point of Rs 55 and Rs 60 for 40g. The 100g pack will be available for Rs 130 and Rs 140.The most popular Hershey’s Bar flavour is the unique `Whole Almonds’ variant, which has whole California Almonds.Hershey’s Exotic Dark will be priced at Rs 50 and 140 for 40g and 100g pack respectively. Hersey’s India feel it is the right time to build a presence in the growing premium chocolate category. The journey of the Hershey’s brand in India started a decade ago with the introduction of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup.
Milkbasket Becomes Profitable in Gurgaon
Milkbasket has announced that the company has achieved profitability in the city of Gurgaon, which is its largest customer base and contributes 50 percent of the monthly revenue. Milkbasket is the first micro-daily-delivery service in India and one of the biggest grocery delivery start-ups. Founded in 2015, Milkbasket caters to the grocery needs of over 150k households daily in Gurgaon, NOIDA, Delhi & Bangalore and delivers around 75,000 orders every day before 7 am. The company has a fulfilment rate of 99.6 percent and has a daily revenue of over Rs.1 crore.
Currently, the company offers delivery of over 9,000 products ranging from entire household grocery, dairy, fruits and vegetable categories. Milk, the anchor offering of Milkbasket, now contributes less than 25 percent of total sales. The second category, is FMCG with 35 percent and fruits and vegetables is the third-largest at approximately 20 percent. The company’s recently launched meat and in-hand delivery has received an encouraging response.