How Organic Foods Are Shaping The Future Of Food Industry
The practice of bringing in all food products under the organic label will erode the authenticity and genuineness of the organic category. It is therefore crucial for us to build trust to enable growth and sustain this practice. We must begin to focus on our biodiversity and the rare varieties to sustain the organic food industry in a healthy manner.
Work In Progress
Don’t expect a food safety silver bullet anytime soon as the grocery industry continues to work through blockchain’s potential and limitations.
Olives From Spain Participates At Aahar For Its Fifth Promotional Campaign In India
OLIVES FROM SPAIN, one of the bigget exporters of olives, participated in Aahar Delhi 2019 to spread awareness about Spanish table olives.
Metro Cash & Carry Turns Profitable In India After 15 Years Of Operation
METRO was the first cash & carry player to foray into India in 2003. Since then it has opened 27 wholesale distribution centers across the country spanning 1.8 mn sq. ft. of gross floor area and catering to over three million customers nationwide. “It has taken us some time to find the right success formula in India but with a focused approach, we have been able to break-even and turn profitable after 15 years of successful operations in India,” says Arvind Mediratta, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at METRO Cash & Carry India, in an exclusive interaction with Progressive Grocer.
A McKinsey report details strategies for a fast-changing grocery landscape. Independent grocers have already put many of them into practice.
“Our Motto Is ‘Love All, Serve All' And Our Tagline Is ‘Largest Variety Of Imported And Indian Goods And Groceries'”
Kunaal Kumar owns the Modern Bazaar store chain in Delhi-NCR. He is a passionate grocer with almost 28 years of hands-on experience running modern grocery retail outlets in some of the toniest locations in Delhi-NCR. It currently operates nine stores over a total retail area spanning 40,000 sq. ft.. Modern Bazaar stores stock about 15,000 SKUs across a product range that covers all home care products, Indian and imported food products including groceries, staples, fresh ready to eat, bakery, chocolate, in house products of nuts, dips, sauces, and personal care products.
Manufacturers & Modern Trade: Joining Forces To Win Over Bharat
Marketing heads of leading Indian food and grocery brands and retailers engaged in a thought leadership session moderated by Kabir Gossain, Customer Director – Modern Trade, Unilever and Kamaldeep Singh, President, Food Business, Future Group. The debate centred on the rapid expansion of modern trade in tier 2 and 3 cities, the implications for food brands (from large brands to startups) and the evolving paradigms in the relationship between modern trade and these brands as they penetrate the hinterland.
Khaya Toh Mazaa Aa Gaya!
Company and brand profile: Pravin Masalewale, one of the masters in the exotic world of spices, was founded with a humble beginning in Pune 57 years ago by an entrepreneurial couple Hukmichand Chordia and Kamal Chordia.
CEOs 2020 Vision For The Grocery Sector
At the 12th edition of India Food Forum last month, CEOs of major grocery chains and leading retailers deliberated on the ways to prepare and face challenges such as the rapid rise in e-commerce and digital ecosystem management and come up with the right strategies for adapting to the needs of evolving customers.
Bigger, Bolder, Better
2018 was the year grocers truly upped their tech game like never before. Expect even more next year.
A Leader In Premium Quality Spices
Company and brand profile: Paras Spices Pvt. Ltd. began its journey from being a local supplier of spices to a supplier of International quality savory ingredients in 1982.
Why Investing In Front-End Store Staff Is The Best Brand Marketing Strategy
Brands tend to ignore the front-end retail staff and instead focus exclusively on investing in marketing not realizing that customer touch points are vital to marketing success.
Vegetarians, Bring It On
The demand for proteins in India, for food and feed, is expected to increase significantly in the next 5-10 years and there is great opportunity for the local industry to foray into plant proteins ingredients business as well as plant protein based food products. Seeing the attractiveness, quite a few Indian players from allied industry segments are entering into the plant proteins category.
Shri Kannan Departmental Stores Powers Ahead With A Customer Centric Visionary Approach
“Retailing is a tough and competitive business but we have been able to reap good profits,” says T. Thanushgaran, Chairman, Kannan Departmental Store, which operates 32 stores in Tamil Nadu spanning 7,67,452 sq. ft. of retailing area across convenience, supermarket, hypermarket and wholesale formats, apart from its warehouses and corporate offices . Progressive Grocer brings you the inside story of the company’s growth journey, its fastest-selling product categories, the new and emerging categories at its stores that has propelled the company into becoming a major retailing force in south India.
Renewed Push For Protein In Middle Aged Men And Women
An absence of protein in daily meal consumption is responsible for several health problems showing up earlier in life, which can be obviated by making appropriate changes in the diet and allowing for an increase in our protein uptake.
Marrying Health And Taste For Today's Health-Conscious Consumers
Gurugram’s premium food and beverage importer Kalyan F&B Private Limited (KFBPL) aims to bring the finest, globally-appreciated products to India. The company is an exclusive importer of Thai brand ‘be’ that marries taste and health to entice not only health-conscious consumers but everyone. Progressive Grocer caught up with KFBPL’s Founding Director Ashish Verma to know more about the brand and also discuss the evolving packaged food import scenario and market shifts in India.
Helping Shoppers With New Year's Resolutions
Retail dietitians can encourage consumers to make healthy-lifestyle modifications.
Cut Down On Foods High On Sodium
The World Health Organization has recommended a daily intake of 5 gm of salt per day per person or 2400 mg of sodium per day per person. But Indians consume a total average of 10 gm of salt per day per person, which is twice the recommended WHO guideline on salt/sodium consumption.
Clear And Captivating
Grocers desiring repeat ecommerce customers must provide content that is accurate and makes shopping more convenient and personalized.
Chocolates Moving Beyond The Milky Way!
The fast growing Indian confectionery industry has seen many global players waving the flag of success and, this has grabbed the eyeballs of several other foreign players wanting to enter the country with bold strategies.
Benefits Of Buying From A B2B Marketplace
Why better prices and cheap deals are available on B2B marketplaces.
Papad Market Growing At 10%, Exports Rising By Over 30% Annually
Harshal Chheda, Proprietor and Director, Ganesh Papad, speaks to Progressive Grocer about the growth of papad market in India, the product’s impressive potential for exports and the ways in which manufacturers are bringing higher value to the category.
Grocers must consider values, variety, common goals and more when looking to partner with meal-kit services.
Lots To Cheer For The Cash & Carry Business In India
LOTS Wholesale Solutions recently unveiled its second Cash & Carry wholesale distribution centre in India at Akshardham in East Delhi. The launch of LOTS’ second store follows closely on the heels of its first store three months ago. Inaugurated by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, this is second of the fifteen distribution centres that the firm is aiming to open in India over the next three years.
How Technology Driven Features Are Assisting The Egg Retail Market To Grow
A newly launched egg sorting and sanitizing machine, a first of its kind in India, helps to deliver over five lakh sanitised (this is extremely important as an eggshell houses a lot of bacteria, even more than a toilet seat) eggs a day.
How To Innovate To Make Your Brand A Big Hit
Consumers are eager for innovation when it comes to packaged goods and are interested in trying new food products at the grocery store. This shows immense opportunity for manufacturers and retailers to offer consumers something fresh. Innovation and new products spark excitement in the consumer and generate more opportunities for buying regardless of the shopping channel or medium. New products are the lifeblood of retailing – they infuse verve into existing lines, create completely new categories, and fulfill unmet needs not previously on consumers’ or retailers’ radar. It is not surprising that brands today are continuously looking to the wider food and drinks market to spot trends early on and promote continuous development of more experiential, convenient and innovative product propositions.
Trailblazer Of South India's F&G Retail
Established in 1905, Nilgiris is one of the pioneers of organised retail in India and a heritage brand with a storied legacy of delivering quality customer service. Operating under the banner of Future Group, Nilgiris spawns 215 F&G outlets across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala with a total retail area spanning 4.45 lakh sq.ft. The supermarket chain is positioned as a neighborhood store that guarantees assortment, range and freshness. “Nilgiris operates on the foundation of personal connect that translates into quality service and continues to build on its product range in order to respond to its customer’s evolving needs,” says CEO Venkateshwar Kumar in a chat with Progressive Grocer during which he outlines his plans to propel future growth of Nilgiris by going for a more contemporary look, by building on its existing infrastructure and with the help of more updated technology.
The Organic Way Of Life
Nature’s Soul is an organic and sustainable grocery outlet that caters to consumers who are looking to incorporate healthy buying habits into their lifestyle. With an extensive product range consisting of gluten-free and vegan variants, the enterprise aims to bring back traditional and chemicalfree methods of farming. Founder and Director Arjun Sahni speaks to Nimisha Gautam of Progressive Grocer about modern purchasing trends in organic and his outlet’s sourcing strategy.
Grocers and CPG companies find success as they embrace the evolution of category management.
Increased Investments In India's Dairy Sector Is Driving Competition
Dairy is witnessing consistent growth in the consumption of value-added products such as flavoured milk drinks, lassi, curd and yoghurt. The Indian dairy market, though dominated by cooperatives, is also witnessing increased interest from financial institutions as an investment destination. Progressive Grocer spoke to Prashant Roy, Senior Research Analyst – Food & Nutrition at Euromonitor International and Dilip Radhakrishna, Research Analyst – Food & Nutrition at Euromonitor International about the trends and developments influencing the dairy industry in India and prospects ahead for its different product segments.