Starbucks India is moving away from plastic straws and cutlery as part of its environmental friendly initiative. They have introduced biodegradable compostable straws and cutlery made of wood as green alternatives. Some of the state governments have begun clamping down on the use of plastic especially for foods and beverages in India as plastic waste has a huge environmental impact. The change to non-plastic straws and cutlery has impacted the economics of Starbucks but the company feels that the initial cost will off-set over time with volumes.
Starbucks is also taking other measures for green alternatives where it has incentivised customers so they can get their own tumblers for beverages to the outlet. Starbucks is also going to use paper bags, glassware or ceramic options for items consumed in the store. Starbucks now has 121 stores in India and is now looking to expand into tier II and tier III where they intend to have smaller formats and differential pricing for growth.
Godrej Nature’s Basket introduces Vegan Italian Cheese – Verys
Godrej Nature’s Basket has launched Verys which is a 100 percent vegan cheese made in Italy. The plant-based cheese has been made from whole germinated rice. The pure vegan cheese products are fresh and pasteurised without colorants and preservatives and are also lactose and gluten-free. They multiple variants are Strachicco di Riso, Chicca Classica, Verde di Riso Blocks and Slices with Cheddar and Basil. The 200g cheese block of Verys Chicca Di Riso is priced at Rs.910, the 200g cheese block of Verys ChiccaDi Riso Smoked is priced at Rs.910, and the 80g pack of Verys Slice Cheddar Flavoured slices with basil is priced at Rs.520.
All Verys products are completely free from modified starch, added sugar, refined flour, preservatives and artificial colouring. This makes them ideal for a natural, healthy diet, as well as for people with food intolerances or allergies who still want high-quality and delicious food. The cheeses can be paired with fresh or steamed vegetables, legumes or simply spread on some bread or crackers. The slices are suitable for filling sandwiches, toasts, vegetable au gratins, omelets and crepes. The Verys Vegan Cheese range is available across select Nature’s Basket stores in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Pune.
Travel Food Services Opens Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at IGI Airport
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the latest outlet that has joined a host of others at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is one of the world’s leading roaster and retailers of specialty coffee and tea. This American coffee chain which is launched by Travel Food Services will offer specially handcrafted coffee and tea for the travellers at the airport. Travellers in Terminal 3 Food Court can easily pick their signature hand selected premium coffees and hand-plucked whole leaf teas. They also have the option to select one of the unique ice blended drinks together with a menu of mouthwatering gourmet foods and desserts.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a leading International café known worldwide for its high-quality products and the wide range of beverages and the outlet will offer a new experience and enhance the consumer choice at the airport. Travel Food Services is not new to IGIA as it has been successfully running multiple outlets here like Dilli Streat, Krispy Kreme, Cafeccino, and Dominos.
People and Appointments
Hershey India Appoints Supply Chain Director
Hershey India Pvt Ltd has announced the appointment of Partha Gangopadhyay as the company’s new Director – Supply Chain. The appointment will add strength to senior management. Partha Gangopadhyay is a Post Graduate in Food Technology from Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore and he has rich experience of working with multinationals such as Wrigley and PepsiCo. He joins Hershey from Mondelez India Foods Private Limited where he worked as Associate Director – Integrated Supply Chain Operations, Central India Cluster. Gangopadhyay comes with a rich experience of 24 years in manufacturing and supply chain, production, quality assurance, maintenance, plant projects, R&D projects and multiple franchise operations.