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4 Startups which changed the face of Food and Beverage Industry in India

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December 8, 2016: Food and beverage industry have changed a lot in the recent. There are many startups and they have completely changed the way Food and Beverage industry was seen. Here are 5 start ups which have changed the industry:

1. Zomato
Well, there is no doubt that Zomato tops the list. It is now more of a norm to check out the Zomato ratings before trying out any food joint. Zomato has become the Google for the food industry all over India.
It is now operating in 23 countries; Zomato is used by millions every day to decide where to eat. It is an online database for restaurants.
Zomato from time to time introduces new services to its clients. It is also aiming to launch a rider tracking app for the restaurants as well as for the users.

Zomato. Twitter
Zomato. Twitter

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2. FoodPanda
With its unique polices it has gained huge popularity among general masses. It has almost disrupted the food industry with its offers and discounts to the customers.
When the app gives a discount to its customers, the app pays for it. Therefore, the restaurants could not sell their foods and beverages at their own rates but, the orders only went in through the app.So those who didn’t tie up with the company miserably suffered because of it.
FoodPanda is now operating in more than 50 cities across India. In a very short time, FoodPanda has become a lifeline for the foodies, who can simply order from the app and the food will be delivered to their doorstep.

FoodPanda Twitter
FoodPanda Twitter

3. Swiggy
The concept of Swiggy is similar to that of FoodPanda. They have just started in 2014, and it is now one of the very few startups which does not have a minimum order value for home delivery. Apart from the concept of FoodPanda it has just added logistics. It makes sure there is no untimely delivery. Swiggy is doing really well under the Food industry.

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4. NomNom
This is just a year-old startup in India and is doing really well. The reason being they took hold of one of the major problems of the restaurants.
NomNom simply provides a centralised Order Taking Solution to restaurants. They just forward the calls to their call centre agency.
The convenience which they provide is highly benefitial to the restaurants. They answer almost 99% of all order-taking calls where it is just 60-70% when the restaurants manage it by themselves.
More calls answered, means more orders taken which in turn gives more revenue.

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Researchers Develop New Test To Detect E.coli in Food Quickly

The kit has been approved by Health Canada and translated for commercial use

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Researchers have developed a novel testing kit that can detect Escherichia coli (E.coli) — a deadly pathogen — much more quickly than existing methods.

The kit detects E. coli 0157, commonly found in ground meat, and is considered more likely to cause severe illnesses than other forms of the bacteria.

The test detects a protein unique to the pathogenic E. coli bacteria and shows results in hours rather than days.

“Our goal is to get the testing to occur as close as possible to the source,” Michael Rieder, Professor at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, said in a statement on Friday.

“This technology is not only faster, but it’s less expensive, it’s easy to use, and it can occur right in the processing plant.”

Food samples to be tested are incubated for a few hours. A sample is then placed on a pad. After 15 minutes, the pad displays one red line to show it worked properly – and a second if the sample contains E. coli O157, the CTV reported.

New test to detect E. coli in food quickly. Pixabay

“It’s very much like a pregnancy test,” Rieder was quoted as saying.

Current food testing methods typically rely on culture, which requires samples to be sent away for testing, with results taking up to two weeks to come back. By that time, the food has often been shipped to markets and large recalls have to occur.

The quicker testing ensures that results are received long before contaminated products make it to the market, thus reducing the risk to the public and the need for large-scale food recalls.

“We are looking at this specific biomarker because it is unique to this pathogenic bacteria.The presence of bacteria itself isn’t bad, but we want to be able to identify specific bacteria that will cause people to get sick,” Rieder said.

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“The goal is a safer food chain for everyone so that public safety can be assured.”

The kit has been approved by Health Canada and translated for commercial use. (IANS)