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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.

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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.

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Farmers To Grow Modified Cotton With Its Seed Edible

Many of the world’s roughly 80 cotton-producing countries, especially in Asia and Africa, have populations that face malnutrition that could be addressed with the new plant

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An experimental cotton plant is shown at a Texas A&M research facility in this handout image provided by the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in College Station, Texas, U.S. VOA

U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could be especially useful in cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Tuesday lifted the regulatory prohibition on cultivation by farmers of the cotton plant, which was developed by Texas A&M University scientists. The plant’s cottonseed cannot be used as food for people or as animal feed yet in the United States because it lacks Food and Drug Administration approval.

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Cotton is widely grown around the world, with its fiber used to make textiles and the cottonseed used among other things to feed animals such as cattle and sheep that have multiple stomach chambers. Ordinary cottonseed is unfit for humans and many animals to eat because it contains high levels of gossypol, a toxic chemical.

With financial help from a cotton industry group, scientists led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist Keerti Rathore used so-called RNAi, or RNA interference, technology to “silence” a gene, virtually eliminating gossypol from the cottonseed. They left gossypol at natural levels in the rest of the plant because it guards against insects and disease.

“To me, personally, it tastes somewhat like chickpea and it could easily be used to make a tasty hummus,” Rathore said of gossypol-free cottonseed.

After cottonseed oil, which can be used for cooking, is extracted, the remaining high-protein meal from the new cotton plant can find many uses, Rathore said.

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If all of the cottonseed currently produced worldwide were used for human nutrition, it could meet the daily protein requirements of about 575 million people. Pixabay

It can be turned into flour for use in breads, tortillas and other baked goods and used in protein bars, while whole cottonseed kernels, roasted and salted, can be consumed as a snack or to create a peanut butter type of paste, Rathore added.

If all of the cottonseed currently produced worldwide were used for human nutrition, it could meet the daily protein requirements of about 575 million people, Rathore said.

Other countries would have to give regulatory approval for the new cotton plant to be grown, though U.S. regulatory action often is taken into consideration.

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The new cottonseed’s biggest commercial use may be as feed for poultry, swine and farmed aquatic species like fish and shrimp, Rathore said.

Many of the world’s roughly 80 cotton-producing countries, especially in Asia and Africa, have populations that face malnutrition that could be addressed with the new plant, Rathore added. (VOA)