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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.

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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.

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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.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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McDonald’s Reveals Plan to Open More Drive-Thru Restaurants in UK

McDonald's reopened 39 restaurants in England and Ireland last week

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McDonald's plans to open more number of UK branches. Pixabay

Fast-food giant McDonald’s revealed a plan to open all of its drive-thru restaurants in the UK in the coming weeks and has”not forgotten” about people in the north of England, it was reported on Monday to World and International News.

The company reopened 39 restaurants in England and Ireland last week as it prepared to get back up and running with new safety measures in place, but all of the English locations were in the south east, reports the Metro nwespaper.

In a message to customers, McDonald’s Chief Executive Paul Pomroy said: “To help us test the new procedures and to slowly restart our supply chain, the pilot restaurants in the UK are all located close to our head office and to one of our distribution centres in the south east.

“I promise I have not forgotten about any part of the UK or Ireland. We are taking our time to test the new ways of working in our restaurants, ensuring that we can continue to help our teams to work safely, and to get back to the communities we have proudly served for so many years.”

Pomroy further said that McDonald’s will make a further announcement this week about reopening more restaurants and expanding its delivery service.

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The workers on each site will be reduced to ensure safety, McDonald’s has said. Pixabay

Last week, Police were called to a drive-thru McDonald’s in Peterborough on the first day it reopened after easing of the COVID-19 lockdown because the queue at the outlet went out of hand.

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Six of the 30 new drive-thrus that have opened across the country were in Peterborough.

The fast-food giant has brought in social distancing measures to keep workers safe, with staff receiving temperature checks before each shift.

The number of workers on each site will be reduced to ensure safety, the company has said. (IANS)

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National Capital Delhi Makes a Gradual Comeback

The city of Delhi has slowly and gradually reopened

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Shutters are lifted and shops spruced up as Delhi's markets open after two months as lockdown restrictions are eased. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

Signs are being spruced up and prayers performed as shops in the Indian capital open their shutters after two months with the gradual easing of a stringent lockdown.

Markets were allowed to reopen recently after the government signaled economic activity must resume, even as the fight against the COVID -19 pandemic continues. Traffic is humming on once-deserted streets as buses and auto rickshaws have been given the go-ahead to operate.

However, people in the city of nearly 20 million — one of the worst-hit in the country — remain hesitant about venturing out as cases of coronavirus touched record highs in recent days.

Shop owners, hoping to slowly emerge from the economic pain imposed by a weekslong shutdown, have instituted new rules to cope with the pandemic.

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Though markets are open, they are seeing few customers as people remain wary amid the COVID 19 pandemic. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

“We’ve restricted it to three people at a time for browsing, and then we have new checks and measures in place where we first check the person’s temperature, we give them hand sanitizer and we have started giving everyone a pair of gloves as well,” said Rajni Malhotra, owner of Bahrisons Booksellers, a 65-year-old landmark in one of the city’s most iconic markets.

The city is only partially open — shopping malls, restaurants, schools and colleges still remain closed and offices can only have limited staff.  Even in markets that have opened, only half the shops open every day to avoid crowding. Delhi accounts for about 10% of India’s infections.

“We have a twofold challenge — to reduce the transmission rate of the disease, and to increase public activity gradually,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the country two weeks ago. “Coronavirus is going to be part of our lives for a long time. But we can’t let our lives revolve around it,” he said.

Shop owners even sanitize customers’ purchases to reassure people still wary of entering markets. Among those that sold some goods is a store that sells kitchen equipment — in Delhi, like much of the world, cooking and baking have been therapy for some of those confined indoors.

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A customer turns up to buy baking tins — in Delhi, like much of the world, cooking and baking has been a therapy for people confined indoors. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

However, a sense of unease remains as once-buzzing markets see only a sprinkling of customers, who mostly visit shops selling groceries and other essentials.

“There is this feeling that complete your work fast and then return home,” said Aparajita Pant, a city resident who had come to buy food for her pets.

“Earlier one would like to linger around, there are so many interesting shops here but as of now, there is that cautious approach, at least in me,” she said.

That is not good news for some shop owners. Not a single person had walked into Leena Mehra’s shop selling handicrafts and silver jewelry during the first two days.

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Most customers head to shops selling essentials like groceries and medicines. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

“It’s depressing. We have to open the shop, we don’t have any choice,” she said.

“We know it is difficult for us to sell this product to the consumer because right now the mindset of the people is not at all in this direction, but we will try,” she said.

The pandemic has left its mark on a city whose love for shopping and being well turned out made it a retailers’ paradise.

“One would take more efforts to get maybe a little better dressed, but now you come here, avoid jewelry, avoid wearing even a watch, I am not even wearing my earrings,” Pant said ruefully.

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Shops display signs asking people to wear masks and take precautions as new rules are put in place to cope with the COVID 19 pandemic. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

Even budget accessories and clothes being sold from small stalls tucked in the market’s narrow lanes have few takers. That is disappointing for low-income workers who say they desperately need to start earning again.

“Everybody needs money. If customers don’t come and this atmosphere persists, it will not be easy to face the problem created by this pandemic,” said a despondent Lucky Arya, as he helped set up a stall to sell summer clothes.

The wait for customers is also long for auto rickshaw drivers waiting on sidewalks.

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Auto rickshaw drivers don’t see too many customers as most people still hesitate to venture outside. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)
 A once-familiar sight as they skillfully negotiated their way through Delhi’s often chaotic traffic, they too have been scarred by the pandemic because of new rules allowing only one passenger instead of the customary two to ensure social distancing.

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Mohammad Parvez Khan decided to brave the city’s sizzling summer temperatures to ply his auto rickshaw even during Ramadan because his savings were running out.

“Only we know how we passed these last two months,” he said.

“Every day, when I fasted, I prayed that let the coronavirus go quickly, and may everything come back to how it used to be,” he said. (VOA)

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Enhanced Health and Safety Programme Announced For all Oberoi and Trident Hotels

The Oberoi Group, has rolled out an enhanced health and safety program across at all it's Oberoi and Trident hotels.

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India's leading luxury hospitality chain, The Oberoi Group, has rolled out an enhanced health and safety programme. Pixabay

BY N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE

After aviation, the hospitality industry has felt the heat created by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. With international and national borders sealed, tourism has taken a huge hit. Stepping up to the need of the hour, India’s leading luxury hospitality chain, The Oberoi Group, has rolled out an enhanced health and safety programme across at all it’s Oberoi and Trident hotels.

Grounded in the principles of ‘The Oberoi Dharma’, with the guest at the heart of it all, the Group stands committed to being an industry leader when it comes to guest and employee safety. The Oberoi and Trident hotels have always been appreciated and recognised for their immaculate housekeeping and hospitality standards, and now the group is taking additional measures for the safety of their guests and staff across all properties.

“At The Oberoi Group, we have always prioritised the health and safety of our guests and colleagues and have been working relentlessly to welcome guests back at our hotels. It is imperative for us to take extraordinary measures to ensure the wellbeing of our guests, and our people,” says Vikram Oberoi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Oberoi Group.

Adding, “Our stringent health and safety standards are now available on the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Trident Hotels websites in their entirety. We hope this will help our guests understand in detail the measures we have implemented for their safety and perhaps others too may find these standards useful. Every effort will be made to ensure our award winning hotels continue to be the safest and most desirable option for our guests and our employees.”

The Health and Safety standards and procedures will be supervised by dedicated Hygiene & Safety Managers at each hotel, as well as by senior members of the hotel management team. the group has also collaborated with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services to validate and review their programme. Bureau Veritas will also undertake various virtual and in person training sessions to supervise the implementation of the Hygiene & Safety Standards at Oberoi and Trident hotels.

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The Oberoi Group stands committed to being an industry leader when it comes to guest and employee safety. Pixabay

Food and beverage at the hotels are prepared under impeccably hygienic environments. Restaurants across Oberoi properties ensure safe distancing with necessary safety precautions without diminishing the dining experience of guests. Meals can also be enjoyed by guests in the comfort and privacy of guest rooms, suites and function rooms.

To further support the health and wellbeing of its guests, master chefs across the organisation have researched and developed menus comprising of immunity building wellness dishes and drinks, available at each of the hotels.

Hotels will additionally ensure their fleet of hotel owned and operated cars are thoroughly sanitised before and after each trip. The chauffeurs, like all other staff members, have guest care, safety and wellbeing as their most important priority.

The Oberoi Group has been recognised for providing service which is intuitive, caring and heart felt. Whilst the sincerity and genuine care from each member of staff will remain undiminished, hotels will use technology to minimise contact, whether it is for guests checking in or checking out of hotels or for dining in the restaurants or in their rooms.

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The Health and Safety standards and procedures will be supervised by dedicated Hygiene & Safety Managers at each hotel. Pixabay

The luxury hospitality chain also continues to support the community in this time of need.

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Many Oberoi and Trident hotels have been distributing healthy packed meals and essential supplies during the lockdown through government agencies, NGOs and local authorities. These meals and supplies go to those who are struggling to make ends meet, as well as for the brave and courageous hospital staff and other key frontline workers.(IANS)