Category Archives: Food & Beverage

Christmas Special: 10 Must Go Places

Christmas as I have known has been a festival of colours, hapiness, winter in the air but warmth in the hearts, carols, Santa caps and frolic. We give you 10 Must Go Places for you to make the best of your Christmas eve. So eat, pray and enjoy!

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Former Nokia exec D Shivakumar joins Pepsico as Chairman & CEO

After Manu Jain quit Pepsico in June, its now that the food & beverage major has appointed a new Chairman & CEO for India region. D Shivakumar, former MD of Nokia India, fills in the vacant position.

Shivakumar has served as Nokia India’s Managing Director and then moved on to taking over as the VP for India, Middle East and Africa in 2011.

According to Indra Nooyi, as ETRetail reports, Shivkumar has the ability to take a billion-dollar business to the next level with innovation, execution and collaboration.

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Sagar Ratna CEO resigns

Arvind Nair, CEO of one of India’s leading South Indian cuisine chain, Sagar Ratna, has put in his papers. Sagar Ratna was operating under its investors India Equity Partners and Nair has quit due to tussle between investors and promoters.

Nair will be holding the post only until end of December 2013. According to promoters the investors have not been living upto their claims of building Sagar Ratna as a brand. While the investors claim that the promoter, Jayram Banan, has voilated the contract by opening a hotel chain, Shri Ratnam, thus destroying Sagar Ratna’s brand value.

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Tata Starbucks pins in map of Bengaluru with flagship outlet

After making a successful entry in to Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, Tata Starbucks, now opens its flagship outlet at Bengaluru. Celebrating the heritage of the city, this flagship store is located opposite Raheja Arcade, 7th Block, Koramangala in Bengaluru.

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Spread across 3,000 sq ft, the store is inspired by the architectural style and tradition of the Bengaluru Bungalow, the store design embraces the lush landscape and greenery of the “Garden City”. The store celebrates the artisans of Southern India by integrating locally sourced material, architectural treasures and antiques mostly found in traditional bungalows. The store also pays tribute to the significance of its location in Karnataka – the birthplace of coffee in India.

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What’s more: Two more Starbucks will open soon in the city, each at Phoenix Market City and Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway, respectively.

Mamma Mexicana opens at 1 MG Mall, Bangalore

If Mexican food is your thing and you live in Bangalore, then we have news for you. Mamma Mexicana, a tex mex restaurant, opens at the 1 MG Mall in Bangalore. With authentic flavours assured, the space offers a complete Mexican look and feel to it, totally vibrant.

The restaurant offers a wide variety of Mexican cuisines including urrito with black bean made veggie style with rice, sour cream, pico de gayo, spicy salsa, sinfully loaded potato skin, crunchy taco with cheddar cheese, tortillas, and more.

Zomato raises $37 million; launches local dialect listing in Indonesia, Turkey & Brazil

The India based restaurant listing company, Zomato, has raised $37 million funds from Sequoia Capital as it expands its presence across  Europe, South-East Asia, Australia and the America.

Zomato has been going places and now has launched websites in local dialects in areas including Jakarta (in Indonesian), Istanbul (in Turkish), and Sao Paolo (in Portuguese). Moreover, they have also opened operations in Durban, South Africa and Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland.

Zomato has till date raised $53.5 million funds.

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Dunkin’ Donuts opens 19th outlet at Dehradun

The US donut brand Dunkin’ Donuts opens its third outlet outside Delhi-NCR and Punjab, this time at Dehradun. Managed by the master franchisee, Jubilan Foodworks, the latest restaurant opened at the recently opened Pacific Mall in the city.

The restaurant will offer more than donuts, the menu including sandwiches, burgers, a wide range of beverages and more.

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Celebrating the launch, the outlet ran special offer, wherein it gave away a year long free donut supply coupons to people who dined in on the launch day.

Dunkin’ has 18 restaurants across Delhi NCR, Chandigarh and Punjab.

Dealstan – A new coupon shopping portal launches

Coupons and deals are becoming an inevitable part of the retail industry as every consumer looks fro a special deal to save on every time they shop, eat or avail services. To capture this market, Poppadam Webs LLP launches Dealstan, a coupon shopping site.

Dealstan not only displays variety of coupons for the online stores they collaborate with, but also provide deals that the online stores already have which go amiss among a huge number of products. You can get deals ranging from flight tickets to pizzas.

What’s interesting is that the website allows a to and fro model wherein consumers along with buying deals and coupons, can also suggest the website any deals or coupons which have not been listed.

Will McAloo Tikki prove be knight in shining armour for Vikram Bakshi?

If the reports are to be believed, Vikram Bakshi in his battle with McDonalds has picked up McAloo Tikki and other Indian items on the menu as his contention.

Bakshi’s Contention says that while McDonald’s levies royalty charges on the local joint ventures for selling items on the menu, the same is not paid by the US based parent company for India selling vegetarian burger in West Asian and Southeast Asian countries. He further argued that McAloo Tikki was researched and developed by the Indian JVs.

The India specific products, especially McAloo Tikki and McPuff, contribute to 60 per cent of the sales by Indian JVs.

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McAloo Tikki was first introduced in 2001 and was developed by the Indian R&D team. The product’s popularity also took it overseas to Middle East and Singapore.

Now licensed donuts! Mad Over Donuts brings Krrish 3 Donuts

The Singaporean donut brand Mad Over Donuts after doing some amazing special offerings occasion specific, has now turned towards licensed donuts. One of its kinds offerings in India, a new avenue has been ventured into, food licensing.

This time Mad Over Donuts ties up with the much sought after movie Krrish 3. The brand launches K3, the world’s first Superhero Donuts inspired by the Film and the Indian superhero. The K3 Superhero Donut range is available in three variants and is priced at Rs 55/- per donut.

A perfect step indeed, as donuts a hit among kids and youngster, also the target audience of the movie.

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