How Local F&B Businesses can Capitalize on the E-commerce Boom?
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How Local F&B Businesses can Capitalize on the E-commerce Boom?

The food and beverage (F&B) industry has always been a vibrant and dynamic sector, deeply ingrained in the fabric of our society. However, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented challenges, forcing businesses to adapt quickly to shifting consumer behaviors and market dynamics.

In recent years, the landscape of the food and beverage (F&B) industry has undergone a significant transformation, largely fueled by the rapid growth of e-commerce. With the rise of online platforms and digital marketplaces, consumers now have unprecedented access to diverse culinary offerings from the comfort of their homes. Local F&B businesses have bridged the gap between their products and audiences by establishing a strong presence on digital platforms, whether it's through third-party delivery services, online marketplaces, or your e-commerce website.

One of the first steps for local F&B businesses to capitalize on the e-commerce boom is establishing a strong presence on digital platforms. Whether through third-party delivery services, online marketplaces, or owning an e-commerce website, embracing the digital marketplace allows you to reach a broader audience and tap into new markets beyond your physical location. By making your products available online, you can cater to the growing demand for convenience and accessibility among consumers.

Social media on the other hand has become a powerful tool for promoting businesses and engaging customers. Local F&B businesses can leverage platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to showcase their offerings, share behind-the-scenes content, and interact with their audience more personally and authentically. Investing in targeted digital marketing campaigns can help you reach potential customers and drive traffic to your e-commerce channels. By harnessing the power of social media and digital marketing, you can effectively amplify your online presence and attract more customers to your business.

In the digital age, customer experience is more important than ever before. Local F&B businesses must prioritize delivering exceptional service and soliciting customer feedback to improve and evolve continuously. Features like live chat support, easy-to-navigate websites, and seamless ordering processes can enhance the overall customer experience and encourage repeat business.

Lastly, with the upcoming festive season combined with events like IPL and WPL, F&B businesses have excellent opportunities to take advantage of heightened consumer spending. Businesses can attract customers and increase sales by offering special promotions, discounts, and themed menus. Utilizing e-commerce platforms is ideal for promoting these offers and reaching a broader audience.

The e-commerce boom presents unprecedented opportunities for local F&B businesses to thrive and grow in an increasingly digital world. By embracing the digital marketplace, leveraging social media and digital marketing, adapting menus and packaging for online orders, prioritizing customer experience and feedback, and fostering community engagement and loyalty, local F&B businesses can capitalize on this digital revolution and emerge stronger.

Mohammed Bhol, Co-Founder & CEO, House of Biryan

Mohammed Bhol, Co-Founder & CEO, House of Biryan

 
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Why Food and Groceries Sector Emerging as the New Focus in Retail Investment
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Why Food and Groceries Sector Emerging as the New Focus in Retail Investment
 

The clink of a full pocket after salary day may have got you thinking about how much you have to spend on groceries and food. Are all those food delivery app orders stacking up? You're not alone. As incomes rise, spending habits evolve, leading to significant changes in various sectors. One of the most notable shifts is seen in the food and grocery sector, which is emerging as a new focus in retail investment. This trend isn't confined to India; it's a global phenomenon driven by increased GDP per capita and changing consumer preferences. Let's dive into why the food and grocery sector is attracting so much attention and investment.

Economic Growth and Rising Incomes

One of the primary drivers behind the surge in the food and grocery sector is economic growth. When a country's GDP per capita surpasses $2,000, it signals that basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter are largely met. At this stage, people begin to allocate more of their income towards food and other non-essential items. This shift is evident in India, where per capita spending on food has been rising steadily. For instance, in urban areas, the average monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) more than doubled from Rs 2,630 ($31.73) in 2011–12 to Rs 6,459 ($77.93) in 2022–23. Similarly, in rural areas, MPCE rose from Rs 1,430 ($17.25) to Rs 3,773 ($45.52) during the same period. Innovative food ventures are responding to this demand by offering high-quality, preservative-free options with extended shelf lives, catering to the evolving tastes of consumers.

The Restaurant and Dining-Out Boom

As incomes continue to rise and cross the $4,000–$5,000 threshold, the growth extends beyond groceries to the restaurant industry. People start dining out more frequently, driven by higher disposable incomes and a preference for convenience. Additionally, with the increasing cost of labor for cooks and domestic help, more people are opting to order in or eat out rather than cook at home. This trend not only boosts the restaurant industry but also fosters a vibrant street food culture. New-age one-stop shops for Indian sweets are also helping in this boom by increasing the average order value (AOV). Some of these vendors offer Indian sweets with a six-month shelf life in single-serve formats, revolutionizing restaurant menus by addressing shelf-life challenges and satisfying post-meal cravings.

Narrowing Cost Gap Between Eating Out and Cooking at Home

Currently, there's a significant price difference between buying food from outside and cooking at home, with the former costing 3.6 to 4 times more. However, as this gap narrows to about 1.6 to 2.2 times, the convenience of buying food from outside becomes more attractive. This shift is expected to drive further growth in the food service industry. The convenience factor is further enhanced by innovative solutions provided by some new-generation food platforms, making it easier for consumers to access high-quality, ready-to-eat meals at competitive prices. These platforms are leveraging technology and scale to bring down costs, making eating out or ordering a more feasible option for a larger segment of the population.

Food for Thought

As we navigate through our busy lives, the convenience of having high-quality, ready-to-eat meals at our fingertips becomes increasingly appealing. With rising incomes and changing lifestyles, the food and groceries sector is transforming before our eyes. From splurging on dining out to embracing the ease of ordering in, consumers are driving this growth with their evolving preferences.

New-age one-stop shops for Indian sweets are playing their part in this delicious revolution, offering innovative solutions that make our dining experiences even sweeter. These ventures are not only meeting the demands of convenience but also ensuring that we don't have to compromise on taste or quality. So next time you find yourself deciding between cooking at home or trying something new, remember that the food industry's exciting evolution has plenty to offer.

 

-Authored By Sanket S., Co-founder, Scandalous Foods

 

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India’s Tier II Cities Fuel Rs 1000K Crore Food Market Growth
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India’s Tier II Cities Fuel Rs 1000K Crore Food Market Growth
 

India's culinary landscape is on the cusp of a significant transformation. The food services market, which includes both dining out and ordering in, is currently valued at a staggering Rs 550K Crore. This burgeoning market is set to grow at an impressive annual rate of 10 percent to 12 percent, potentially reaching Rs 900K to Rs 1000K Crore by 2030. The driving forces behind this growth are robust fundamentals such as an expanding customer base, an increase in consumption occasions, and a surge in supply. Notably, online food delivery is expected to outpace the overall market, growing at a remarkable 18 percent CAGR and contributing 20 percent to the total food services market by the end of the decade.

These insights come from the latest study, “How India Eats”, released by Bain & Company and Swiggy. The report delves into the intricate demand characteristics of the Indian food services market and identifies trends that will shape its future.

Riding the Wave of Growth

Rohit Kapoor, CEO of Food Marketplace, Swiggy, highlighted the buoyant growth in the Indian food services market, particularly in food delivery. "Higher incomes, digitization, improved customer experience, and a desire to try new experiences have all contributed to this growth. We are very upbeat about the future. For instance, China has four times the number of restaurants per million urban population compared to India. This study highlights this headroom and suggests that the Indian food service market catering to middle- and higher-income segments will expand from Rs 400-500 K crore at present, to about Rs 1000 K crore by 2030," he explains.

Navneet Chahal, Partner and co-author of the report, echoed this optimism, stating, "The Indian food services market stands at the cusp of transformation. The sector’s dynamic nature, characterized by shifting consumer behaviours, digitization, and regional diversity, offers immense growth potential. As we look toward the next decade, with an estimated growth rate of 10 percent–12 percent annually, exciting opportunities loom on both the demand and supply fronts. By 2030, the market is poised to serve an additional 110 million customers, gradually shifting eating out from a special event into a convenient lifestyle."

A Decade of Evolution

The past decade has seen the food services market undergo substantial evolution, marked by the rise of restaurant chains and the proliferation of online food delivery services. This shift reflects significant changes in consumer behavior and industry dynamics. According to the study, around 70 percent of food services consumption as of 2023 is concentrated in the top 50 cities and among upper-middle and high-income segments. However, the next wave of growth is expected to come from Tier II and beyond cities.

Gen-Z and younger cohorts, who currently make up 40 percent of consumption, exhibit a higher propensity to eat out. As their purchasing power increases, this trend is expected to grow. On average, each customer orders from more than three cuisines and six restaurants on an online platform annually, indicating a strong desire for variety in dining experiences.

The 2030 Vision

Looking ahead, the Indian food services market is poised for continued growth, driven by an expanding customer base and significant shifts in dining habits. The addressable customer base is expected to increase by 110 million, growing from the current 320-340 million to approximately 430-450 million by 2030. This growth will be fueled by macroeconomic tailwinds such as rapid urbanization and rising affluence.

Currently, eating out is a special event for Indian consumers, with an average frequency of five times per month. This is expected to rise to seven to eight times by 2030. This gradual shift indicates a transition from special occasions to a matter of convenience, with new dining occasions and greater access through the expansion of organized supply and the growth of food delivery services. This trend mirrors developed markets like the US and China, where eating out is convenience-led and occurs 25-30 times a month, suggesting significant potential for new dining occasions in India.

The Rise of Online Food Delivery

Online food delivery has seen steady growth, with penetration rising from 8 percent to 12 percent between 2019 and 2023, representing a 2.8 times growth compared to the overall food services market. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this shift. However, there remains substantial growth potential, especially when compared to markets like the US and China, which have double the penetration rates of India.

The shift to online food delivery has unlocked new growth avenues and permanently altered consumption preferences. This includes an uptick in new dining occasions, evolving customer criteria for selecting restaurants, and increased competition. Driven by higher adoption of digitization in customer journeys and greater accessibility, online food delivery is expected to grow at approximately 18 percent year-on-year, reaching Rs 212K crore by 2030. Market penetration is also expected to rise from the current 12 percent to around 20 percent by 2030.

The Future of Dining Out

The future of dining out in India is set to be shaped by several key trends. These include the rise of self-love, with consumers prioritizing personal well-being and indulgence; an experience upgrade, where dining out becomes a holistic experience rather than just a meal; digitization, which will enhance convenience and accessibility; and glocalization, which combines global culinary trends with local flavors.

As convenience-led formats such as Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) and cloud kitchens gain traction, offering quick service, simplified menus, and value for money, they are expected to grow 40 percent faster than the overall market from 2023 to 2030.

The Indian food services market is on a vibrant and dynamic growth trajectory. With evolving consumer behaviors, digitization, and regional diversity, the market is set to offer exciting opportunities and experiences for both consumers and businesses alike. The next decade promises to be a flavorful journey, transforming how India eats.

 

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Scotch vs. Whisky: The Key Differences Explained
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Few drinks in the spirits world are as fascinating and exciting as Scotch or Whisky. These cherished beverages are not just about what's in the glass—they're about the stories they tell, the cultures they represent, and the art that goes into every drop.  In Scotland, whisky lovers go on pilgrimages to distilleries in order to find out the secrets behind their favorite spirit. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail invites travelers to explore the heartland of American Whisky, where each sip tells a tale of history and innovation. The tales are many but many still don’t know what is the real difference between the age-old whisky and the reverential scotch.

Whisky lovers from all over the world gather together at festivals and tastings to talk about their love of whisky, share stories, and debate. Whisky brings people together because of shared experiences and a passion for quality, whether you're drinking in the cozy pub in Edinburgh or sampling bourbon at an American bar. But within this world lies a prestigious sub-category: Scotch. Understanding the distinction between Scotch and whisky is crucial for any enthusiast. It's an invitation to explore, to enjoy, to celebrate Scotch and Whisky. Each glass is a journey of history and taste, showing us the skill and dedication of those who make it.

The Taste which Drives the Indian Market:

The India Scotch Market size stood at $ 3.8 Billion in 2024 and is expected to cross $ 6.8 Billion by 2033, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.3 percent during the forecast period of 2024-2033. The Whisky Market was calculated as $ 21.13 billion in 2023. In perspective of the forecast period 2024-2030, it is analyzed that India's Whisky Market would have a growth rate of 4.61 percent reaching a value of $ 28.97 billion by 2030.

Scotch whisky can be only matured and mostly bottled at a strength of not less than 40 percent (ABV) still, some producers and connoisseurs like to get a higher percentage, for example, 43 percent which is the standard in duty-free shops. Some 1-litre bottles and other older types of single malt scotch whiskies are also likely to be filled at 43 per cent ABV. There is a convention that whisky drinks are taken in the standard shot which measures 1.5 which is usually 43 millilitres. However, bars and pubs may offer shots of 35 or 50 millilitres. The amount of alcohol within a shot depends on the style and type of whisky manufacture, however, one shot of 40 percent ABV whisky is equal to one unit. A 700 mililitre bottle of whisky at 40 percent ABV will contain approximately 28 units of alcohol.

Scotch: Where Scotland's Spirit Comes Alive

Scotch whisky is made primarily from malted barley, and its distillation in copper tanks seems to whisper tales of the previous generations. In some distilleries, peat smoke, a traditional method of adding a distinctive earthy flavor, is added to the whisky. Each cask absorbs the essence of its surroundings, whether it's a salty air from coastal distilleries or flower meadows in the Lowlands when maturing in oak barrels.

Scotch: Where Scotland's Spirit Comes Alive

It's like you're experiencing Scotland in a glass when you drink Scotch. Maybe you'll taste the sweetness of honey, the warmth of spices, or maybe a hint of peat that's lingering in your mouth. The pride of Scottish heritage enjoyed and cherished by whisky lovers all over the world, is carried with each bottle of Scotch.

Whisky: A World of Flavors and Traditions

You'll discover the world of Whisky, each type having its own special character, as you travel outside Scotland. Bourbon reigns supreme in America's heartland, with its rich caramel notes and a hint of vanilla aged patiently in burned oak barrels that produce an intense golden color. Rye Whisky brings a spicier kick, beloved for its bold flavors that dance on the tongue.

Whisky: A World of Flavors and Traditions

Whisky is as smooth and welcoming in Ireland as the graceful hills. Canada's Whisky provides a slight hint of sweetness, perfect for sipping or mixing into traditional cocktails, which are complemented by the country's quiet charm. Each type of Whisky is a testament to its heritage. There are Whiskys for every mood and occasion, whether you're drawn to the strong flavor of bourbon, the smooth taste of Irish Whisky or the versatility of Canadian blends.

Key Differences Between Scotch and Whisky 

Below are the key differences between Scotch and whisky:

Aspect Whisky Scotch
Definition Broad category for distilled spirits made from fermented grains and aged in wooden barrels.
Example: Jack Daniel's (USA)
A specific type of whisky, made exclusively in Scotland with strict regulations.
Example: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
Production Regions Global: Scotland, Ireland, Japan, USA, and rapidly rising India.
Examples:  Amrut (India)
Only Scotland.
Examples: Macallan, Laphroaig
Key Ingredients Variety of grains: millet, wheat, unmalted barley, and malted barley.
Example: Bulleit Bourbon (USA)
Primarily malted barley, with small additions of other grains.
Example: Glenlivet
Aging Process Aged in wooden barrels, often ex-bourbon casks, imparting vanilla, caramel, and coconut notes.
Example: Maker's Mark (USA)
Minimum of three years in oak casks, often reused, in Scotland’s cool climate.
Example: Highland Park 12 Year Old
Distillation Method Typically one or two distillations, varying by region.
Example: Redbreast (Ireland, triple distilled)
At least two distillations in pot stills.
Example: Ardbeg
Climate Influence Indian whiskies age faster in hot, humid climates, creating richer, intense flavors.
Example: Paul John (India)
Scotland’s climate provides a slower, more nuanced aging process.
Example: Balvenie
Flavor Profiles Indian whiskies offer bold, exciting flavors; American whiskies might have smoky or sweet notes.
Example: Woodford Reserve (USA)
Malty with hints of honey, vanilla, and toasted nuts; distinct regional twists (e.g., Islay).
Example: Lagavulin
Regulations Flexible rules, allowing innovative methods and diverse ingredients.
Example: Maker's Mark (USA)
Must be distilled, aged, and bottled in Scotland, adhering to specific standards.
Example: Glenlivet

Ever felt overwhelmed by the whisky aisle? You're not alone! While countless bottles vie for your attention, two titans stand out: Scotch and Indian whiskies. But what separates these amber powerhouses? Let's grab a dram and delve into the world of whisky!

Discover the Flavors: Scotch vs. Whisky Tasting Guide

Scotch:

1. Highland Scotch: Imagine a gentle breeze carrying the scent of wildflowers and citrus orchards. This Scotch is light, floral, with hints of honey that dance on your palate.
Example: The Glenlivet

2. Speyside Scotch: Picture biting into a juicy, ripe apple while savoring a piece of sweet, delicate pastry. Speyside Scotch is smooth, sweet, and filled with fruity elegance.
Examples: Glenfiddich, Macallan

3. Lowland Scotch: Think of a fresh spring meadow, where the air is filled with the scent of grass and a touch of grainy spice. This is the lightest and most refreshing of all Scotch varieties.
Example: Haig Clubman

4. Islay Scotch: Envision a cozy campfire on a windswept beach, where the smoky aroma of peat fills the air. Islay Scotch is intensely smoky, perfect for those who love bold flavors.
Examples: Laphroaig, Ardbeg

Whisky:

1. Amrut Fusion: Dive into a tropical paradise with flavors of exotic fruits, crunchy nuts, and a medley of spices. It's a complex, thrilling adventure for your taste buds.
Example: Amrut Fusion

2. Paul John: Experience the warmth of golden honey, zesty citrus, and a hint of gentle smoke. This single malt is like a sunset in a glass, soothing and intriguing.
Example: Paul John

3. Rampur Select: Indulge in the rich, creamy notes of vanilla and toffee, accented by a touch of spice. Aged in ex-bourbon casks, this whisky offers a comforting, luxurious sip.
Example: Rampur Select

The Final Sip

At IndianRetailer, we explore the world of whisky is as diverse as the people who enjoy it. Scotch, with its rich history and regional variations, is a true classic. But Indian whiskies are pushing boundaries, offering exciting new flavor profiles. So, the next time you're at the liquor store, don't be afraid to explore beyond the familiar brands. You might just discover your new favorite dram! And in every sip of Scotch or Whisky, raise your glass and toast to the story.

 FAQs on Scotch Vs Whisky:

1. Is Scotch the same as whisky?

No, Scotch isn’t the same as whisky. Scotch is a type of whisky made in Scotland following strict regulations. Whisky, on the other hand, can be made in different countries and doesn't have to follow the same rules.

2. Which has more alcohol whisky or Scotch?

The alcohol content in whisky and Scotch can vary, but they generally have similar alcohol levels. Both typically range between 40% and 50% alcohol by volume (ABV). So, neither one consistently has more alcohol than the other.

3. Which is the strongest whisky?

The strongest whisky can vary, but some of the highest alcohol content whiskies include brands like Bruichladdich X4+1 Quadrupled Whisky and Glenfarclas 105, which can have ABV levels as high as 60% to 70%. Always check the label for the specific alcohol content.

 

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How Byg Ventures is Redefining India’s Hospitality Scene One Outlet at a Time
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Byg Ventures, the parent company behind renowned brands like Byg Brewski and Bob’s Bar, has carved a niche in the food and beverage industry through innovation, dedication, and a keen understanding of consumer desires. Ajay Gowda, Partner, Byg Ventures, shares the story behind Byg Brewski’s evolution from a single outlet to a celebrated name in Bangalore’s dining scene.

"Since our inception, we have grown to three outlets in Bangalore. We started Byg Brewski at Sarjapur, aiming to offer Bangaloreans an alfresco dining experience that brings the fun atmosphere of a town square fair," says Ajay Gowda. The first outlet's success was a testament to its vision of creating open, nature-connected spaces where guests could enjoy the breeze and a lively ambiance.

The flagship outlet at Hennur, a sprawling space accommodating 1,600 guests, marked a significant milestone. It includes Gylt, an entertainment space featuring performances by various artists, DJs, and international acts. "We wanted to elevate the entertainment quotient, and Gylt has been a captivating addition for our guests," Ajay adds.

The Growth of Byg Brewski

Byg Brewski’s journey continued with the opening of the Yeshwanthpur outlet, which offers a unique "eagle on a cliff" ambiance. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Byg Ventures completed this project, further solidifying its presence in Bangalore.

"Our Yeshwanthpur outlet feels like an eagle on a cliff. It represents our journey and resilience, even during tough times like the pandemic," Ajay reflects. This resilience and commitment to excellence have been pivotal in Byg Brewski’s success.

How Byg Ventures is Redefining India’s Hospitality Scene One Outlet at a Time

Introducing Bob's Bar and JollyGunj

Byg Ventures doesn’t stop at Byg Brewski. Bob’s Bar, another gem in their portfolio, offers a nostalgic experience reminiscent of old Bangalore. "Bob’s Bar is more of a cult brand than Byg Brewski. We receive fan art and have a strong following on social media. It’s a delight, bringing value and affordability to our guests," Ajay proudly shares.

Looking ahead, Byg Ventures is set to launch JollyGunj, a brand curated for the Bangalore market with influences from various Indian cuisines. "JollyGunj encapsulates the spirit of Calcutta, blending faded grandeur and scruffy charm. It's designed to appeal to guests from across India," Ajay explains.

New Ventures on the Horizon

Byg Ventures is not just expanding its dining offerings but also stepping into the retail space. "We are entering truly experiential and explorative liquor retail. Our goal is to create engaging spaces where people can spend hours exploring a variety of liquors from around the world," Ajay reveals. This venture aims to make the retail experience as captivating as their dining spaces.

The Supply Chain Strategy

One of the critical aspects of Byg Ventures' success is its robust supply chain management. By centralizing cooking and procurement processes, the company ensures consistency across its outlets. "We have a central kitchen for Bob’s Bar, where food is semi-cooked and finished at the outlet level. This helps maintain quality and efficiency," Ajay explains.

Byg Ventures is also exploring direct partnerships with farmers to ensure the quality of their ingredients. "We are working on aligning with farmers for contractual production. This will help us source organic and high-quality produce directly from the farms," Ajay adds.

How Byg Ventures is Redefining India’s Hospitality Scene One Outlet at a Time

Creating Lasting Brands

At the heart of Byg Ventures’ success is a philosophy focused on creating brands that resonate with guests and stand the test of time. "We want to create brands that can last a very long time. Our goal is to be heritage spaces that guests love to visit repeatedly," Ajay emphasizes.

By understanding their target audience and curating experiences that cater to different demographics, Byg Ventures ensures each brand has a unique appeal. From the youthful energy of the upcoming Repeat bar to the luxurious experience of their affordable luxury brand, every venture is thoughtfully designed.

Byg Ventures leverages technology to enhance the guest experience and streamline operations. By incorporating tech-savvy solutions like digital menus and automated ordering, they free up staff to engage more meaningfully with guests. "Technology allows our staff to become true guest ambassadors, enhancing the overall experience," Ajay notes.

A Vision for National Expansion

The future looks promising for Byg Ventures, with plans to expand beyond Bangalore into cities like Hyderabad, Pune, NCR, and Mumbai. "Our next expansion will include 28 to 30 outlets in major cities. We are also looking to enter tier-two cities as part of our growth strategy," Ajay reveals.

Byg Ventures also has its sights set on an IPO in the next few years, aiming to solidify its position as one of the top F&B operators in India. "We see ourselves hitting the IPO in about three and a half years. Our ecosystem will include bars, restaurants, experiential liquor retail, and our liquor products," Ajay shares.

A Legacy in the Making

Byg Ventures’ journey from a single outlet to a burgeoning F&B empire is a testament to innovation, resilience, and a deep understanding of consumer needs. With a diverse portfolio of brands and ambitious expansion plans, Byg Ventures is set to leave a lasting legacy in the Indian hospitality industry.

"Five years from now, we envision Byg Ventures as a top F&B operator in the country, with a strong presence in major cities and an ever-growing loyal customer base," Ajay concludes.

 

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Sustainable Innovations in Indian Hospitality
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The Indian hospitality industry is currently undergoing a significant transformation with an increased emphasis on sustainability. According to UNWTO the hotel sector accounts for around 1 percent of global carbon emissions and this is set to increase. The sector also faces various challenges, including rising energy consumption and environmental degradation, the demand for innovative solutions has become more urgent than ever. In response, eco-friendly solutions are emerging with added benefits such as acoustics, becoming key components in the construction and design landscape without compromising aesthetics or performance.

Today, glass is a symbol of sustainability, and its incorporation into eco-friendly acoustic solutions allows for the creation of welcoming, well-lit spaces that elevate the overall guest experience. Technological advancements have led to the development of modern glass solutions designed to address environmental challenges unique to India, such as high humidity, noise pollution, and dust.

To cater to the specific needs of the Indian hospitality market, innovative solutions like noise-reducing facades and dust-resistant coatings have been introduced, ensuring comfort and serenity for guests and residents alike. The sustainability credentials of these eco-friendly acoustic solutions go beyond their performance, as their lifecycle is carefully examined to minimize environmental impact.

In addition to their acoustic benefits, these materials offer several other advantages, such as faster construction times, reduced weight, and enhanced fire safety. The use of sustainable materials, like gypsum, which can be recycled indefinitely, further contributes to the eco-friendly credentials of these solutions. The implementation of eco-friendly acoustic solutions also inspires creativity and innovation among architects and designers. Glass is increasingly used as a medium for artistic expression, pushing the boundaries of hospitality design. Intricate glass installations and dynamic facades that respond to environmental cues demonstrate the limitless possibilities of combining sustainability and aesthetics in the industry.

Moreover, the integration of these solutions into the hospitality sector has a significant impact on guest satisfaction. By addressing noise pollution, hotels can prioritize the use of advanced sound insulation materials and techniques to minimize noise transmission between rooms, corridors, and public spaces. Innovative solutions like gypsum drywall and acoustic glass can significantly improve sound insulation, providing guests with a quieter and more relaxing environment.

As the hospitality industry continues to grow, the importance of eco-friendly acoustic solutions will become more pronounced. Sustainable design principles will become essential for all types of hotels, from boutique establishments to sprawling resorts. The increasing demand for eco-friendly solutions will drive innovation, leading to positive change and shaping a more sustainable future for generations to come. Furthermore, the adoption of eco-friendly acoustic solutions reflects a broader trend in the hospitality industry towards social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Hoteliers are recognizing the importance of adopting sustainable practices not only for the well-being of their guests but also for the long-term health of the planet. By incorporating eco-friendly materials and technologies into their properties, they are demonstrating a commitment to reducing their environmental footprint and promoting a more sustainable future for all.

Additionally, the rise of eco-friendly acoustic solutions in Indian hospitality is a testament to our collective commitment to building a better, more sustainable world. The future of the hospitality sector is brighter and greener than ever before. Hoteliers must embrace these innovative solutions to enhance the guest experience and contribute to a more sustainable and responsible industry. By doing so, they will be better equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world and ensure the long-term success of their businesses.

Given the continuous evolution of the hospitality industry, it is vital for stakeholders to recognize the importance of sustainability and adapt accordingly. Through the adoption of innovative, eco-friendly acoustic solutions, hotels can provide their guests with a comfortable, serene environment while simultaneously contributing to a greener, more sustainable future. In this way, the industry can strike a balance between meeting the needs of its guests and fulfilling its social and environmental responsibilities.

 

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Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director - Gyproc, Insulation and Mortars Business, Saint-Gobain India

Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director - Gyproc, Insulation and Mortars Business, Saint-Gobain India

 

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Swiggy's 30.29 Million Pizza in 2023 Deliveries Paint a Cheesy Love Story
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In the past 12 months, Swiggy has orchestrated the delivery of an astonishing 30.29 million pizzas, a staggering quantity that, when laid out, could cover the distance between the bustling cities of Delhi and Mumbai approximately 6.4 times! However, the narrative goes beyond sheer volume to unveil the unique pizza culture entrenched in the vibrant cities of Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi. These urban centers have emerged as the veritable hotspots where pizza enthusiasts passionately battle it out for the ultimate slice of glory.

In the dynamic landscape of global celebrations, where moments of jubilation unfold, and culinary preferences become a part of cultural rituals, pizza has consistently commanded attention. This Italian marvel, adorned with a crispy crust, luscious cheese, and an array of delectable toppings, has become an integral part of festivities worldwide. As the world eagerly anticipates the grandeur of events like the World Cup Finals, the festive fervor of New Year's Eve, and the upcoming charm of Valentine's Day, the essence of these occasions finds a delectable companion in the universally loved pizza.

When Swiggy undertook the fascinating exploration into India's profound romance with the sizzling and cheesy pizza, the analysis, spanning from the 9th of February 2023 to the 7th of February 2024, unraveled captivating insights into the popularity and trends associated with this global culinary treasure.

Within this pizza panorama, an individual from Chandigarh took center stage, stealing the spotlight by ordering a jaw-dropping 558 pizzas in the span of a single year. This extraordinary feat stands as a testament to an unparalleled love for the artistry of pizza-making.

Pizza, far from being confined to mere celebrations, caters to various occasions, be it a solitary craving or a convivial group gathering. The golden hours for satiating these pizza cravings, as revealed by the analysis, fall between 7 PM and 11 PM, with over a third of orders pouring in during the dinner hours. In the ongoing debate between classic and quirky pizza preferences, the Margherita emerges as the undisputed champion across all cities, showcasing the timeless appeal of simplicity and authenticity.

Yet, pizza, being the sociable star that it is, never stands alone. The report brings to light the favored companions of pizza enthusiasts – garlic bread, cheese dips, and refreshing beverages. These accompaniments solidify the idea that Indians know how to elevate their pizza parties with a diverse palette of flavors.

Beyond the statistics and trends, the exploration into the world of pizza reveals intriguing stories of celebration. In 2023, a Swiggy user from Bhubaneswar embarked on a culinary adventure by ordering an astounding 217 pizzas in a single order, setting a remarkable precedent for pizza enthusiasts across the country.

 

 

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Aviation Soars, Railways Roar as India's Tourism and Hospitality Sector Set for a Decade of Unprecedented Growth
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Aviation Soars, Railways Roar as India's Tourism and Hospitality Sector Set for a Decade of Unprecedented Growth
 

The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, recently shed a vibrant spotlight on the phenomenal strides that the tourism sector had taken in the last decade. With the government's rock-solid commitment to progress, she passionately highlighted the remarkable achievements, ground-breaking initiatives, and the audacious vision that shaped the future. As she celebrated the unprecedented surge in India's tourism, a powerhouse not just for exploration but a significant youth employment hub.

The driving forces behind this tourism whirlwind, as eloquently articulated by the President, were India's ascending global stature that has sparked worldwide curiosity. The magic ingredient? Enhanced connectivity, strategically woven through the construction of airports across the nation, acting as a pivotal catalyst. And the cherry on top? The enchanting regions of the North East, Andaman-Nicobar, and Lakshadweep, which were now witnessing an influx of travelers, setting records and creating travel tales that resonate globally. Buckle up for India's tourism odyssey!

Pilgrimage and Heritage: A Cultural Renaissance

President Murmu shed light on the government's emphasis on pilgrimage destinations and historical sites. Pilgrimage in India has become more accessible, and heritage tourism is capturing global interest. Astonishing numbers were shared, with millions visiting iconic sites like Kashi, Mahakaal, and Kedar Dham. She highlighted the unprecedented expansion of facilities at pilgrimage sites in every corner of India, uniting the East, West, North, and South in a cultural renaissance.

Let’s take a look at some of the recent numbers: In the five days of Ram Lalla’s Pran Pratishtha on January 22, 13 lakh devotees have visited Ayodhya Dham itself!

Madhavan Menon, Executive Chairman, Thomas Cook India Ltd., enthusiastically hailed the government’s initiative, “We welcome the special focus on Domestic Tourism which represents a vibrant growth driver via the government’s plan of long-term interest free loans to States; development of iconic tourism centres by States along with marketing on global standards. Noteworthy is the reference to Spiritual Tourism and projects for port connectivity, tourism infrastructure and amenities on islands including Lakshdweep – aimed at development of India’s hidden gems and employment opportunities.” 

Expanding India's role as a global destination for meetings and exhibitions, President Murmu mentioned the creation of facilities like Bharat Mandapam and Yashobhoomi. The President envisioned tourism as a major source of employment in the near future.

Kush Kapoor, CEO, Roseate Hotels & Resorts elaborated, “”FM has underscored a strategic move to reshape India’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) landscape by encouraging states to develop iconic tourist centers. The commitment to promoting these centers through long-term interest-free loans signifies a visionary approach, fostering a thriving ecosystem for local entrepreneurs. The recognition of G20 meetings as a showcase of India’s diversity is a powerful endorsement.”

Interim Budget 2024: A Catalyst for Transformation

The Interim Budget 2024, unveiled by the Finance Minister, brought forth key initiatives supporting the tourism sector's growth. The railway and aviation sectors took center stage, aligning with the broader vision for economic development. "Building of airports at various places is also advantageous. Now, Northeast is witnessing record tourist arrivals. Now there is heightened excitement about Andaman-Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands," President Murmu had said prior to the unveiling on the Budget 2024 yesterday.

Under the PM Gati Shakti initiative, three major economic railway corridor programs were unveiled to enhance logistics efficiency and reduce costs. These include energy, mineral, and cement corridors, port connectivity corridors, and high traffic density corridors. The conversion of 40,000 rail bogies to Vande Bharat standards was announced, marking a significant leap in rail travel standards.

"We are enthused by the government's optimistic emphasis on making significant investments in the nation's tourism industry," said William Hall, Vice-President of Marketing & Digital, RCI EMEA, APAC & India.

India's aviation sector also received a significant boost with the doubling of airports to 149, the addition of 517 new routes carrying 1.3 crore passengers, and orders for over 1000 new aircraft. The government's commitment to the comprehensive development of iconic tourist centers, a rating framework based on quality, and long-term interest-free loans for states align with the tourism sector's aspirations.

According to the ICRA report, the Budget focused on addressing some of the structural bottlenecks for the hospitality and tourism sector. It underlined the positive impact of the budget on air connectivity and tourism promotion. The emphasis on business and conference tourism, coupled with the recovery in domestic passenger traffic, reflected a promising outlook for the industry.

Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel Limited, explained, “The interim budget has maintained status-quo on direct and indirect taxes thus keeping its impact neutral. The government has set focus on the overall travel and tourism sector via infrastructure development, green energy, sustainability and looked at diverse initiatives for domestic tourism via a strategic approach for each segment - aviation, ports (waterways) and rail to strengthen regional connectivity to Tier II and III cities.”
 

Industry Voices Echo Optimism

"It is India first budget. A confident budget of a confident government that focuses on the objective of ensuring that India becomes a 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2025 and a developed nation by 2047.I commend the FM for her unwavering commitment to sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas," enthused Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet and President, ASSOCHAM. “I commend especially the increase in infrastructure spending that will have a multiplier effect on our economy. I commend the evident railway corridors, and the one lakh crore fund for research and development and the startup sector. The emphasis on clean energy, technology and digital infrastructure will make India a world leader.”

Industry leaders applauded the budget's focus on infrastructure spending, railway corridors, and startup sectors. The hospitality sector hailed the measures supporting demand upcycle, emphasizing the positive impact on hotel demand and the overall guest experience.

"Establishing a rating system based on the caliber of amenities and offerings will assist the hospitality industry in enhancing its services, and attracting more tourists," added Hall.

Leaders from various sectors, including Singh, Hall and Vishal Kamat, Executive Director, Kamat Hotels India Ltd, echoed their optimism about the budget's potential to position India as a global leader.

"The recent budget announcement brings positive news for the tourism and hospitality sector," said Somesh Agarwal, Chairman and MD, Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa, Udaipur.

Responsible Tourism

The budget's recognition of challenges posed by over-tourism and its initiatives towards responsible tourism were applauded. Industry players like Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Spa emphasized the importance of balancing development with the preservation of cultural and spiritual integrity. “The development of iconic tourist spots is expected to contribute significantly to the local economy by drawing in visitors, creating job opportunities, and promoting business expansion. This will have a positive impact on numerous local economies. Additionally, the initiative is anticipated to result in enhancements to infrastructure, transportation, and various amenities, providing benefits to both tourists and local residents. An increase in tourism provides opportunities for cultural exchange. Visitors will engage with local customs, traditions, and arts, fostering a mutual understanding and appreciation of cities,” he added.

The Interim Budget 2024 emerged as a transformative milestone for India's tourism sector. From railways to aviation, pilgrimage to heritage, the budget has unveiled a roadmap for a decade of growth, employment, and global prominence in the tourism arena. As the nation embarks on this exciting journey, it's evident that the synergies between government initiatives and industry dynamism will chart a course towards India's emergence as a tourism powerhouse.

 

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Food Trends Report: 85 pc of Households Opt for Vegetarian Meals
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Home cooking, once considered a diminishing skill, is experiencing a renaissance. In response to this culinary resurgence, upliance.ai, an innovative home appliance startup, has introduced its AI Cooking Assistant, delishUp⤴️, and is delighted to present its comprehensive debut food trends report. This report embarks on a flavorful journey through the evolving tastes of young Indian households, enriched by meticulously curated, data-driven insights.

Derived from an extensive dataset encompassing 3,000 households and over 15,000 cooking sessions on delishUp⤴️ across 11 cities, the report divulges compelling findings that offer intriguing glimpses into the nation's ever-changing culinary preferences. While certain preconceptions are reaffirmed, others challenge stereotypes, resulting in a multifaceted tapestry of tastes and preferences.

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Key Highlights of the Report:

  • 80 percent of delishUp⤴️ users are men, predominantly in the 25-40 age group, who have embraced home cooking and are venturing into diverse culinary domains.
  • Despite 51 percent of users identifying as non-vegetarians, a staggering 85 percent of households opt for vegetarian meals on delishUp⤴️ due to the perceived intricacies of handling meat. Beloved vegetarian dishes such as Veg Pulao and Kadai Paneer continue to captivate palates.
  • Contrary to the assumption that South Indians predominantly prefer rice-based meals, chapati dough emerges as a top recipe, constituting 3.5 percent of cooking sessions on delishUp⤴️.
  • Approximately 40 percent of users express a desire for healthier eating, but fewer than 10 percent consistently incorporate healthy alternatives into their delishUp⤴️ cooking routines.
  • Young Indian households are diversifying their home-cooked meals, with 40 percent leaning towards Indian cuisine, 20 percent towards Continental, 20 percent towards Italian, and the remaining 20 percent exploring beverages, soups, salads, and Asian recipes.

Vegetarian vs. Non-Vegetarian: The Culinary Tapestry of Indian Homes

India, often perceived as primarily vegetarian, unveils a more diversified culinary landscape. Approximately 51 percent of homeowners proudly declare themselves non-vegetarians. However, many novice cooks gravitate towards vegetarian dishes due to the perceived complexity of handling meat, resulting in 85 percent of households preparing vegetarian meals on delishUp⤴️. Traditional favorites such as Veg Pulao and Kadai Paneer remain highly popular, with other classics like Poha and Rasam enjoying widespread acclaim.

North vs. South: A Curiosity for Regional Delicacies

Challenging the misconception that South Indians solely prefer rice-based meals, chapati dough emerges as a frequent choice, comprising 3.5 percent of meals prepared on delishUp⤴️. Conversely, North and West Indian users are increasingly drawn to South Indian delicacies like Upma, Lemon Rice, Bangalore-style Sambar, and Cabbage Pachadi. In the South, an exploration of dishes like Gujarati Kadhi, Mumbai-style Pav Bhaji, Rice Kheer, Surti Cold Coco, and more reflects cross-regional culinary curiosity.

ChatGPT Creations: Fusing AI with Culinary Innovation

AI has seamlessly integrated into daily life, including the kitchen. Preparing new dishes has historically posed challenges in finding the right recipes, mastering techniques, and sourcing ingredients. With delishUp⤴️’s ChefGPT feature, even novice cooks are confidently experimenting with new dishes at home. Innovative creations, such as Mexican-inspired beer concoctions, the resourceful Rotli nu Shaak utilizing leftover roti, and the delectable Ada Pradhaman, a cherished Kerala dessert, have found a place in the kitchen.

Tea Time Snacks: The Appeal of Home-cooked Street Food

Despite being a cherished part of Indian food culture, street food continues to captivate home kitchens across the nation. DelishUp⤴️ data reveals that age-old classics like Pav Bhaji and Bhel are frequently prepared at home rather than being ordered or eaten out. Unconventional dishes like Bread Paneer Poha, Beetroot Rasam, Pudina Palak Khichdi, Creamy Peanut Noodles, Beetroot Halwa, and Chicken Tagine are gaining prominence, indicating a growing willingness to embrace diverse flavors and experiment at home when convenience prevails.

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Eating and Cooking Healthy at Home: Aspiration vs. Reality

In an increasingly health-conscious world, it is noteworthy that while 40 percent of individuals express a desire for healthier eating habits, less than 10 percent consistently integrate these practices into their daily cooking routines. This underscores the perpetual balance between aspirations for health-consciousness and the allure of comfort food in meal preparation. Additionally, there is a widespread craving for restaurant-style food, with nearly 500 individuals expressing the desire to recreate their favorite meals at home. This spans various cuisines, with 40 percent favoring Indian, 20 percent preferring Continental, 20 percent opting for Italian, and the remainder exploring a variety from chaats to Asian dishes, aligning with the aspiration to make "outside food" healthier by preparing it at home.

Men's Culinary Independence

An impressive 80 percent of delishUp⤴️ users are men, primarily between the ages of 25 and 40, many of whom are embarking on their culinary journey for the first time. Cooking, once perceived as a laborious process requiring intricate recipes and skills, has been revolutionized by modern kitchen appliances. The convenience these gadgets offer has empowered individuals, particularly men who may have previously felt daunted by traditional cooking methods. Their attraction to cooking technology and the ease it provides has fostered greater independence in the kitchen, motivating them to experiment with a wide array of dishes and expand their culinary horizons.

What Unites Us

In the diverse landscape of Indian cuisine, timeless favorites like Poha, Pulao, and Kadai Paneer resonate with the nation's taste buds. Mornings commence with quick meals like Poha and Upma, while dinners embrace the comfort of Chapatis complemented by an array of sabzis, including Kadai Paneer and Aloo Tamatar Sabzi. Lunch varies but often features rice-based dishes like Veg Pulao and Sambar. Dessert cravings are dominated by universally beloved Rice Kheer, with Vermicelli Payasam adding a Southern twist. In the realm of non-vegetarian cuisine, Butter Chicken claims the throne, delighting enthusiasts nationwide. These culinary trends exemplify the enduring love for traditional flavors and the harmonious fusion of regional and national tastes in Indian cuisine.

As India's culinary landscape continues to evolve, this comprehensive research offers invaluable insights into recent shifts in food preferences across the nation. With home cooking experiencing a resurgence, the convenience of appliances that streamline the cooking process is democratizing culinary experiences and empowering young Indian households to savor more diverse and exciting home-cooked meals.

 

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Costa Coffee Opens 150th Store in New Delhi
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I was 14 when I walked into a Costa Coffee outlet for the first time, and their Roasted Hazelnut coffee has been my favorite since then. Today, when the brand has launched their 150th store in Delhi, it makes me feel nostalgic. India's coffee sector is undergoing a fascinating transformation, with a growing emphasis on specialty coffee and premium offerings, particularly driven by urban millennials who have transformed coffee shops into vibrant social spaces. This shift is particularly noteworthy in a nation traditionally associated with tea culture.

Costa Coffee, the coffee-café brand under Coca-Cola in India's commercial beverage sector inaugurated its 150th store in Rajouri Garden. In 2005, Costa Coffee marked its entry into the Indian market by inaugurating its first café in Connaught Place. In the past year, in collaboration with Devyani International, the brand has embarked on a substantial expansion initiative in India, introducing around 60 new stores.

The brand’s ongoing objective is to establish new outlets in the top 8-10 cities in India, with a particular focus on specialized locations such as airports, highways, and healthcare facilities. The 150th Costa Coffee outlet exemplifies the brand’s dedication to offering artisanal coffee crafted from locally sourced ingredients. 

“India is a key market for us globally and we are proud to commemorate the opening of our 150th store. This milestone truly highlights the overwhelming love and support we have received from coffee enthusiasts across India. Our aim is to extend our presence to every corner of the nation, and we remain committed to achieving this vision through our continuous expansion efforts, ensuring remarkable coffee experiences for all." said, Vinay Nair, General Manager, India & Emerging Markets, Costa Coffee.

Costa Coffee offers a diverse menu featuring a selection of distinctive coffee creations, including popular choices like the Flat White, Classic Corto, Café Caramela, and more, all prepared using locally-sourced coffee beans.

 

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