Event News

Relish The Best of Hyderabad At The Unique Gourmet Food Festival

Preparations for the event kick off in core group meet

A group of selected Restaurateurs, Chefs and Hospitality Professionals from the city met at the VIP lounge of Hitex Exhibition centre inRelish Core Group Meeting an informal meeting on Wednesday, 5 February to watch a presentation on the concept of Relish Hyderabad festival slated for 31 October- 2 November, the weekend after Diwali this year. Ohris group, Fusion 9, Aditya Premium Sarovar, Via Milano, Tabla, Novotel, BJN Group and Madiza Wines besides the co organisers- Hitex Exhibition Centre and Next Events were represented in the meeting termed as a core group to help hone the concepts.

Relish will be a Food, Drink and Music festival at the heart of which will be sixteen hottest restaurants of Hyderabad serving their best signature dishes in pop-up restaurants set up in open pagoda structures and an alfresco surround. Together with a demo Area that will see renowned chefs demonstrating their skills, a VIP lounge and a stage with live band, they will form the Gourmet Village. The village itself will be surrounded by a Food & Lifestyle Bazaar where the visitors can indulge in culinary shopping.

The model was put together in the meeting which also discussed in detail the marketing and promotion of the event. It was suggested that besides the main stream media, social media and visits to corporate should be used extensively to propagate the event. Standees/ leaflets could also be put up in Participating restaurants.

“The Hyderabad restaurant scene is evolving and events like these can be a catalyst in the growth of the industry,” says Subrata Banerjee, General Manager, Aditya Sarovar Premiere that houses the much acclaimed Oriental Blossom Restaurant. The sentiment was echoed by most of the attendees.

The event is being organised jointly by Hitex Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad and Next Events (P) Ltd., Mumbai.

Nagendra Prasad, COO, Hitex talked about the event: “The versatile food scene in Hyderabad needs expression and a platform to showcase its excellence as do the growing tribe of discerning Hyderabad foodies, forever seeking new culinary adventures. Hitex has in the recent years moved away from just being a Business exhibition venue to integrate itself into the evolving social and cultural milieu of the twin city. We are partnering with Next Events from Mumbai to introduce Relish that should become the platform for the FoodService industry in the city to come together once every year.”

The organisers would expect to have another meeting in Mid March with a final presentation and to firm up the participation of the leading restaurants.


For more details, log on to www.relish.in or send mail to info@foodservice.in

Industry News

Food Channel gives Thumbs up to Indian cuisine in its Survey called ‘Top Ten Food Trends for 2014’


A La Mode

Chicago based The Food Channel®, in conjunction with CultureWaves®, has identified the Top Food Trends for 2014, which focuses on emerging flavours, menu preferences and food and beverage trends to satisfy evolving consumer demands. The Food Channel, a media company plays an authoritative role in the American space but its website has far reaching effect in other parts of the world, in terms of food trends, new recipes and innovation.

Ethnic Inspired -Indian cuisine under the trendscope was identified by the website terms as the sixth most important trends for 2014. Curry, coconut, ginger, garlic and more are the emerging flavours that are becoming part of globalisation. Authentic Indian flavours are finding acceptance in America and across the world though some variations are being introduced to cater to varying consumer needs.

Other noteworthy trends that the website talks about are Distracted Driving and Low Tea. Low tea is a light meal or snack with tea, usually served around 4 p.m., by those who have found more frequent small meals suit them better than three heavy meals a day. Distracted Dining is for those who live in the gizmo world-who need one hand free for operate the mouse or the use the mobile!

Restaurants that have given up the fight against people who live in a virtual world and don’t focus on food are adding sandwiches, wraps, small bites to the menu. Restaurants fighting for two-fisted dining are creating “no cell phone” zones.

Another trend worth mentioning is Bread Rises to the Top—it’s about the flavour experience of bread and is moving more to the centre of the plate. Instead of being a carrier, bread is now surrounding itself with a variety of proteins and flavours. Expect breads in more flavours, more forms, and beyond that to bread with benefits (flaxseed, anyone?), salted bread, flavoured breads and bread as the main course. Bread salad, breaded meatballs and meatloaf, bread pudding, muffin cups, flatbread pizzas, stuffing casseroles—all of these are making us rethink how bread impacts a meal.

Another trend is that the food world has begun building trust—those in the food business take it seriously. After all, one attack of food poisoning can hurt a restaurant’s image irretrievably. Restaurateurs are creating “brand sanctuaries” that clients can trust.

Other trends mentioned by the website are Hybridization of Food, enhancing protein with vegetables, and Small Scale Molecular Gastronomy—Both brining and pickling create chemical changes in the food, which can bring about new flavors. And it’s not just cucumbers—it’s pickled fruit, pickled onions, shrimp and the full range of pickled vegetables.

In the end Food Channel throws light on future food trends It thinks the future for food is 3D food printers, that take paste and extrude it into any shape, meaning complicated food “structures.” Like decorator icings can be “printed,” in the same way the ‘beautiful food’ will be printed!


Industry News

3F Industries & Fuji Oil Of Japan To Set Up Non-Dairy Cream Unit In Andhra Pradesh

Indian edible oil, fat and food ingredient conglomerate 3F Industries Ltd and Fuji Oil Co Ltd, a Japanese edible oil, fat and processed food major company that is on the Tokyo Stock Exchange have joined hands to set up a facility to produce non dairy whipped cream and other food ingredients which are used 3f_logoin the confectionery and bakery industry. This plant is going to be set up at Burgul in Andhra Pradesh’s Mahbubnagar district.

The market for non dairy whipped cream is growing at a rate of 20 %/ annum.  The current demand for non whipped cream is 90,000 tonne/annum.  Fuji Oil entered this rapidly growing market to make quality products available and would initially focus on satiating the demand from bakeries, hotels, restaurants, confectioners and retail outlets. This joint venture could reach enormous heights as there is a huge customer base for the products in the market currently.

fuji_rogoThe plant would have the latest technology from Japan and equipment from leading manufacturers from the world. Fuji Oil will have a 55 % share in this joint venture. The investment would be around 100 crore. 3F Industries will be involved in setting up the project, the distribution and marketing of the products. “We are delighted to partner with 3F and can offer quality products to 3F’s customers,

“We are delighted to partner with 3F and can offer quality products to 3F’s customers, The integration of 3F’s sales and marketing network and best-in-class customer services, together with our quality cream, would enable customers in India expand their confectionery and bread business. This joint venture is Fuji Oil’s first foothold in India, where rapid market growth is expected. We are confident that it will grow rapidly and make sustainable growth.”  Said Yoshitaka Ebihara , Chairman Fuji Oils.

“We are very happy to partner with Fuji Oil, and explore the rapidly-growing market of non-dairy cream and supply world-class products to our customers. This partnership will also allow us to build further scale and competencies in areas of processed vegetable oil and fat and other food products for the Indian market,” said Sushil Goenka, Director 3 F Industries.

Industry News

Chef Pro Introduces Oven Toaster Grillers

Chef Pro India recently launched their Oven Toasters Grillers (OTG) in India. They introduced 28 liter size oven with a high performance appliance with an added Rotisserie and convection cooking. The other two options are 9 liters & 18 liters.

The pricing starts at Rs 2595 (9 liter) 5495 (18 liter) and 6995 (28 liter)  and is chefproavailable in all MBO in India. . It is also available in online shopping portals such as Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Ebay, Tradus, Quikr, Olx, Homeshop18 and Rediff.

“It has always been Chef Pro’s mission to provide small kitchen appliances that are energy efficient, innovative, safe and dependable. Chef Pro’s current small appliances offer convenience and energy efficiency at your fingertips. Every unit of the product is designed with precision and constructed finest materials all while being environmentally conscious. Chef Pro’s Dual Technology OTG gives full size oven performance. With easy to use dials, convection, rotisserie and ample space, etc. you’re able to cook your meals, smarter, faster and more conveniently. Chef pro OTG has incredible and versatile unit fits 6 slices of toast, 2.2 kg of chicken or a 12″ Pizza. It is designed with heating elements which allows the unit to cook more efficiently. The unique rotisserie feature (grill set included), allows you to create delicious rotisserie meals right in your own home.” said Ravinderjit Singh, National Business Head, Chef Pro India.


Industry News

Suguna Foods To Expand QSR Chain Suguna Crisp & Crunch To 2,000 Stores

Poultry company Sugana Foods, who currently have one take away outlet in Bengaluru called Sugana Crisp and Crunch. They are offering fried chicken and burgers in their menu. The companies vision is to open 2000 outlets in the next five years. It will have franchise driven and small outlets.

SugunaThe prices of our chicken products are a third of what KFC or McDonald’s (Suguna’s competitors) offer, and we would definitely be more affordable. We will consolidate our presence in the southern markets before going national in the QSR category, Our focus will be the Tier-II, III and IV cities, where major international chains are not present. It will be run on the franchise model primarily.” Said Mohan V K, general manager, sales and marketing, consumer products, Suguna Foods.

They plan an investment of 150 crore INR every year in new verticals in the food business such like QSR segment, ready to cook, ready to eat and the retail segment.

Industry News

Fast-Food Chains Ride Wave Of Growing Middle Class In India

When international food chains come in India they are welcomed warmly by the young upwardly people. In the recent past, many international brands have announced their plan to expand iBurger Kingn India and open new outlets. Krispy Kreme recently opened their first store in Delhi and they have five stores in Bengaluru. Major brands like Taco Bell, Burger King and McDonalds have announced their expansion plans.

The average middle class Indian spending power is increasing despite the country’s economical troubles. The Indian market for chain restaurants is 2.5 Billion USD in 2013 and is expected to touch 8 Billion USD in 2020.

Burger King has joint hands with Everstone Group, (a private equity and real estate firm focused on India). The first outlet is going to be launched by June 2014. Burger King is an appealing investment because people will go out to eat in QSR and not in expensive restaurants in a bad economy situation.

Industry News

Metro Cash & Carry Launches Third Outlet In Bangalore

Metro Cash & Carry opened their third outlet in Bangalore, ten years after they opened their first two wholesale distribution centres. The investment is around Metro Cash & Carry70 crores.  The outlet is spread across 60,000 sq ft and is located near Electronics City on Hosur road.

Metro’s  vision is to serve mid-sized traders, offices, caterers, multi-cuisine restaurants and hotels near Electronic City, addressing all their buying needs across food and non-food products. Metro will offer its business customers a specially tailored assortment, with unmatched prices on groceries such as rice, pulses and spices, fresh produce sourced directly from farmers, high quality office stationery, office cleaning solutions and all the leading FMCG brands and products,


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Mahindra And Mahindra Introduces Fresh Fruit Brand Saboro In Hyderabad

Mahindra Group which is a 16 Billion USD Corporate of India launched its fresh fruit brand SABORO in Hyderabad. They are the first Indian corporate giant to launch this fresh fruits. They currently offering apples, after which they will Saborodiversify to grapes, banana and other imported fruits.

Hyderabad is chosen as the launch venue for the brand, due to the growing popularity and increase in consumption of fruits, vegetables and the strong spread of modern retail in the recent past.  Mahindra plans to supply Saboro fruit across 200 outlets in India in the next three years. They would be available at select organized retail outlets and also in general trade across key metros in India. Saboro originates from the Spanish word taste.

“With the vision of delivering farm-tech prosperity, we entered the fresh fruit business by exporting grapes. “We work closely with over 600 grape-growers across Maharashtra, and through our agronomy interventions, we have helped them increase their productivity by around 50 per cent in the last the three years. Today, we are the number one Indian exporters of quality grapes to Europe. Extending this way of working to other fresh fruit, and given our strong farmer connect and quality focus, we are confident that we will become the most preferred premium fresh fruit brand in the country.”  Said Ashok Sharma, Chief Executive, agri and allied business, Mahindra and Mahindra.

Industry News

India Food Market Poised At 48 Billion USD, Projected Growth 78 Billion USD

Indians love to eat. They are opting either for home delivery or visit Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) or casual dining eateries.  Regular meals in urban areas have been replaced by the changing life style of people, preference of convenience food and ready to eat food. The density of convenience food outlets is the highest in metro cities.

Dominos PizzaThe growth in the food industry is 11 % /annum.  The market share of chains and stand alone outlets is approximately 19 %. It is 2.5 Billion USD currently and is expected to reach 6.5 Billion USD by 2018.

The QSR segment is growing at a rapid rate of 25 %/ annum.  Affordable eating and convenience are the key reasons for the growing popularity of the QSR Market share. McDonalds, Nirula’s, Domino’s Pizza, Subway LogoHaldiram’s, Subway, KFC and Bikanerwala are leaders in this segment.“The fact that everyone is getting busier and required quick food was driving this segment, there are so many women working, and in fact, even the housewives are so busy,” said Vikas Mittal Managing Director – Mc Cain Foods. QSR presence is currently felt in Metro cities and Mini Metro cities.

Pizza-hut-logoCaual Dining is growing at a rate of 18%/annum. The leading players in this segment are Pizza Hut, Pind Baluchi, Rajdhani and Yo China. The take away and delivery format are a great demand in big cities, mainly due to increasing congestion levels and longer waiting times at restaurants.

Industry News

PepsiCo Plans Largest And Most Water-Efficient Beverage Plant In India (Andhra Pradesh)

Pepsico are planning to build a new Greenfield beverage manufacturing plant in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.  It would be the largest plant in the cola market once completed. The company intends to invest over1, 200 Crore INR. The long term plan is investment of 33,000 Crore INR along with their partners by 2020.

Pepsico IndiaThis plant would be the company’s most water efficient beverage plant in India and they aim to procure Leadership in Energy & Environmental design (LEED) certification for the plant.

The announcement was made by D. Shivkumar-Chairman and CEO of Pepsico India at Hyderabad. The announcement was made amongst VIP guests and stalwarts like N Kiran Kumar Reddy – Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Geetha Reddy -Major Industries Minister; K Pradeep Chandra – Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Industrial Promotion and Ravi Sana Reddy- CEO Sri City.

“India is a high-priority market for PepsiCo, and we see tremendous opportunities to expand our food and beverage business here in the coming years. This state-of-the-art beverage facility is a key part of our growth plans for the Indian market, and we are delighted to locate it in Andhra Pradesh, an investor-friendly and progressive state with a receptive government. Sri City is ideally located and offers the perfect opportunity to harness the benefits of superior connectivity, great infrastructure and an ample talent pool, which are prerequisites for every industry. Andhra Pradesh is also a large beverage market with robust demand throughout the year,” said Shivkumar.