Jubilant FoodWorks continues to close Dunkin Donuts’ stores

Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd (JFL) continued to trim its Dunkin Donuts’ chain in Jan-Mar quarter, even as it continued to expand its flagship Dominos pizza chain. The food service company, which opened its first Dunkin Donuts store in New Delhi in 2012, has been cutting down its Dunkin Donuts outlets for the last several years in […]

Jubilant wants to do a Dominos on Chinese food in India

Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (JFL), which operates the Dominos and Dunkin brands of fast food in India, has entered the Chinese food segment with an aim to make it affordable to the average customer. The company opened its first Hong’s Kitchen outlet today in Eros mall, Gurugram. At present, the market for Chinese food in India […]

Multiplexes to allow ‘outside food’ from Aug 1

Multiplex theaters in Maharashtra will have to allow customers to carry their own food items into the exhibition hall, Maharashtra government said in the legislative assembly. The statement by consumer affairs minister Ravindra Chavan in the assembly comes in the context of a public interest litigation being heard in the Mumbai High Court about ‘overcharging’ […]

Acharya Balkrishna: Swadeshi not about boycotting foreign ideas & capital

Acharya Balkrishna, the owner of Patanjali Ayurved — one of India’s biggest consumer products companies — clarified that his company was not advocating a boycott of foreign ideas, concepts or even capital in the name of going Swadeshi. Speaking at the India Economic Conclave in Mumbai, Balkrishna even said his company was even open to […]

Parag Milk Foods Q4 sales up 20%, margin improves

Parag Milk Foods, the maker of Gowardhan butter and cheese, reported pretax profits that more than doubled on year, benefiting from the higher leverage afforded by sales that went up by 21% on year. On a sequential basis, however, the company’s performance in Jan-Mar quarter was largely comparable to that of Oct-Dec. Operating profit (EBITDA) […]

Parle Products in distribution tie-up with Manpasand Beverages

Manpasand Beverages said it has inked a distribution tie-up with Parle Products, one of India’s largest food and beverage companies, for the Western Indian market. The move comes after a similar agreement for eastern India helped Manpasand increase its reach. Through this partnership, Manpasand Beverage said, it will have access to 45 lakh outlets pan-India […]

Ruchi Soya Industries sold to Devonshire Capital

Ruchi Soya Industries said global private equity player Devonshire Capital will buy 51% of the company and 100% of certain of its ‘branded packaged oils distribution business’. The money will be substantially utilized for payment to all lenders over a period of time, it said. Devonshire will pay Rs 4,000 cr for the branded packaged […]

Liquor shops in Kerala start installing token system

Kerala’s snaking long queues in front of its liquor shops — the state’s only source of alcohol after bars were banned in 2014 — are almost as famous as the backwaters and beaches, but some relief may be on the horizon for hapless liquor buyers. As there are only about 340 liquor shops in a […]

All liquor shops in Tamil Nadu to remain shut for 3 months

The Madras High Court has asked the government of Tamil Nadu not to open any liquor shops for three months after complaints that it did not comply with the Supreme Court order on relocating roadside liquor shops. Unlike in most states in India, alchohol shops in Tamil Nadu are run directly by the state government under a […]

Nearly a quarter of all food samples tested found fake or adulterated

Over one-fifth of all food samples tested in India’s government labs in the last year were found to be fake or adulterated, according to numbers compiled from various state government food testing facilities by union government’s department of consumer affairs. Exempting Gujarat, which accounted for nearly 23% of the samples, the total percentage of fake and adulterated […]

Service Charge in Restaurants: Center says still waiting for industry proposal

The ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution is still waiting to hear from the hotel and restaurant industry associations on how they intend to resolve the issue of levying service charges ‘unfairly’. The matter had come to a head in early January when the ministry sent a directive to all state governments asking […]

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali expands Ruchi Soya tie-up, eyes 20,000 cr edible oil sales

Patanjali Ayurved, the consumer products company headed by yoga exponent Baba Ramdev, has scaled up its agreement with Ruchi Soya, which has been facing financial stress due to high debt levels. Ruchi Soya said the two companies have agreed to expand their initial agreement — signed last month — to two Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat […]

Domino’s Pizza starts cashless facility for phone orders

Domino’s Pizza has started cashless payment facility for those who order by phone as well. “Post demonetization, we have seen many customers choosing to order online. Consumers coming to our restaurants to dine in or carry out are able to pay With Credit caras or Wassets. However, there are many customers who still order with […]

Uflex launches pouch to extend shelf life for ghee

FMCG company Uflex said it launched new pouche for liquids like ghee or clarified butter for long shelf life. The pouch with sonically sealed spout has been offered to Paras Dairy for packing it’s ghee. Uflex, founded in 1983, is India’s largest end-to-end flexible packaging company. Jeevaraj Pillai, Joint President, Packaging and New Product Development, […]

Ruchi Soya to plant oil palm in 25,000 hectares in Arunachal Pradesh

Agri and Food FMCG company Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. said it signed an agreement with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to boost palm oil production through development of quality palm plantations and human capacity building. With this agreement, Ruchi Soya Industries Limited now has obtained permission for oil palm development in 45,000 hectares, covering 5 […]