Revolutionizing Indian Food Services: A Journey of Culinary Innovation
Revolutionizing Indian Food Services: A Journey of Culinary Innovation

The Indian Food Service industry surely is on the path of transformation. With culinary innovations making the food services sector both cost and time efficient, more and more F&B stakeholders and consumers are warming up to this transformational journey. According to a media report in 2022, the HORECA industry (Hotel, Restaurant, Cafe) in India increased by 10 percent over the last few years to reach Rs. 275,512 crores in 2018-19 and is projected to grow by 6 percent reaching up to Rs. 341,877 crores within 2022-23. And with this growth trajectory, the industry is surely poised for exponential growth in years to come.

As new segments of the industry are mushrooming with hyper local deliveries, quick commerce and restaurant aggregation, there is a lot of pressure on the kitchens to streamline, optimize and control costs. This gave rise to a need to provide expert support and solutions to the kitchens. Also, the burgeoning chains of Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) have come a long way in India with a growth rate of 17%. The QSR industry in India is expected to reach up to Rs. 827 billion by 2025. These food trends propelled and, in a way, demanded the growth of the food servicing industry, and there has been no looking back since. In the West, the food servicing companies have a vast network of trucks distributing food products with increasing popularity. The trend has caught on in India too with the product line of food servicing companies expanding fast and also becoming more varied. From marinades, sauces & condiments, Indian ready-to-cook gravies, international flavors, taste enhancers and more, the food service segment is growing, and growing really fast.

With the Indian consumer back to ordering food from outside, the QSR has gained popularity. The QSR chains thrive on two key drivers - timely delivery and consistency in food quality. They have to follow a lot of SOPs to be able to function seamlessly, and that is where they need effective solutions in their kitchen that will enable them to have a quick turn-around-time consistently and effectively. The culinary innovation required solving the top challenges of the chef fraternity who were always struggling with quality consistency and time management. And then came the curated range of well- researched products enabling consistency of output, quick turnaround time, managing manpower shortage and also lowering operational cost control. By adopting smart solutions, the QSRs save a considerable amount of kitchen time, add more variety to their menu and also deliver better.

With time the food service industry has developed a strong support system for the transforming Indian HORECA industry. There was a need to create an ecosystem of convenient, quick solutions for the HORECA industry, which the food servicing sector has nailed it. That is just the beginning. The premix and seasoning market have grown over the years using various technologies like 4 layers  
ambient temperature packaging, frozen, spray dried etc. These innovations give the most authentic taste that is closest to freshly done recipes, and have helped kitchens and chefs retain their signature recipes and enhance their productivity.

Also, Covid has changed the mindset of people worldwide. Despite the busy lifestyle that people lead, they have become conscious about the food choices they make. Though a large fraction of people finds ordering food from cloud kitchens and restaurants easy, the number of people preferring to eat home cooked food is also rising. In conclusion, food solutions are soon becoming the default ‘go-to’ for everyone. Food tech innovations have made them more aligned to the needs of the end consumer, thereby successfully revolutionizing the food service industry for the times to come.

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