Amuleek Singh Bijral started Chai Point as a retail business. Over time, the company expanded into serving corporate clients with its ‘Chai @ Work’ business unit. In late 2016, the company launched Boxc.in, a fresh take on the chai and coffee vending machine at work.read more
The founders of Dropkaffe decided to launch an FMCG company, after a failed education tech venture. But, it is the key learnings from the first stint that is coming in handy, as Chaitanya Chitta and his co-founders build Dropkaffe with the goal of launching several new dairy-based beverages (like yogurt smoothie, cold brewed coffee and breakfast smoothies) into the market.read more
Saurabh Garg and Anurag Kedia, co-founders of The Four Fountain Spa, spotted an opportunity to launch a new food category for the Indian market. Driven by research, the duo launched myDaily, a meal replacement shake filled with macro and micronutrients and fibre. And, Amazon’s Launchpad program gave the brand some early traction.read more
After spending six months learning organic farming in rural India, its founder Ashmeet Kapoor has setup ‘I Say Organic’ to make India take further steps towards healthy living, on one hand, and to improve livelihoods of farmers, on the otherread more
Hector Beverages started up with the vision of selling functional energy drinks for the Indian audience. Quickly, it pivoted to launch Indian beverages like aam pana and panakam. Now, the company is gearing up for its next transformation and expanding its product mix to include snacks like chikki, 500 ml and 1L packs of its drinks, even as the company ramps up its distribution.read more
Over the last 16 years, Impresario’s Riyaaz Amlani has launched a series of restaurant brands and formats. Amlani’s forte has been his ability to spot emerging consumer trends and marry that with an exciting, fun, eating out experience. Amlani’s next bet is on what he calls the second wave of dining… Read on.read more
In the next one year, Milk Mantra aims to fund its expansion in the East, and grow organically and inorganically in places such Kolkata, Raipur, Jamshedpur, and Ranchi. Once the brand is established, the company aims to go pan-India. The company’s key weapon: its network of 45,000 farmers, from whom it sources milk under its ‘ethical milk sourcing’ scheme.read more
Kaama Breweries, which imports Witlinger brand of beer from U.K., plans to start brewing it in India shortly under the close watch of the UK-based master brewer, Bill Dobsonread more
Yoga Bar aims to change your snacking habit to a healthy one. Founded by sisters – Anindita and Suhasini – the company currently sells snack bars and protein bars that use all natural ingredients like nuts, seeds, complex carbs and whole grains and no preservatives.read more
Prior to founding Nourish Organics, Seema Jindal-Jajodia worked with her family business’ CSR arm, focusing on the needs of special children. But several personal experiences, led her to start-up a venture that’d enable healthy eating. She launched Nourish Organics with a line-up of products that included Amaranth Muesli, Active Flax Seeds, Sunflower seeds, Almond Buckwheat Cookies and Banana Oat Bars. Today, she’s gearing up to rapidly become a mass market consumer product.read more
Restaurateur and MD of Olive Bar & Kitchen, AD Singh, believes India is now seeing a casual, affordable dining wave and he wants to capitalise on this by offering quality service at an average price for two ranging from Rs. 600 to Rs. 1,000 (including alcohol). To implement this well, Singh is nurturing chef-entrepreneurs and delivering ESOPs, much like in the technology business.read more
While Ubiquitous Foods was founded in 2008 with an initial focus on Ovenfresh, its offline bakery chain, it eventually tapped the online space in 2015, with bulk ordering platform, Eatfresh. Today, the brand follows an omni-channel approach to growth and wants to completely saturate Bengaluru and Chennai market before expanding further.read more
Raw Pressery, a company that reaches fresh, healthy cold-pressed juice to customers, has grown by over 100 percent in the last two years. Over the next three years, it aims to touch Rs. 300 crore in revenue by continuing its focus on the domestic and Middle Eastern markets. The company’s underlying vision: products that are ‘all good, no bad’.read more
With its twist on what's traditional and its emphasis on sourcing and eating local, The Bombay Canteen has earned a loyal patronage that has helped the restaurant turn profitable in under two yearsread more
I.S.A.K. Nazar, its founder, was focused on consolidating the company’s activities in FY17 by creating proper systems and addressing distribution challenges. This year, the company aims to hit revenues of Rs. 140 crore, on the back of a strong product mix (pickles, dry fruits, smart kitchen range and baby foods) and renewed brand positioning.read more
Spearheaded by 75-year old entrepreneur, Radha Daga, Chennai-based Triguni Foods, is popular for its Magic Upma and Magic Biryani in Indigo Airlines. The company’s next step is to grow its export business and extend its product mix to serve the retail segment.read more
Narratives, anecdotes and insights from entrepreneurs at the helm of twenty food & beverage startups, each at different stages in the company building process.read more
Teabox, founded by Kaushal Dugar, is as much a supply chain company as it is a tea leaf brand. The company has built a robust sourcing process, by partnering with 150 tea growers in India and Nepal. On the consumer side, the company ships premium tea leafs to over 110 countries. Its India business is picking up too, and currently contributes to 10 per cent of total revenues.read more
Launched in October 2014 in Mumbai, White Owl Brewery has nipped the idea of a tap room model and instead, it’s focussing on selling its beer only in keggers. In terms of demand, its microbrewery in Lower Parel is already churning 15,000 litres a month, as against its stated capacity of 10,000 litres.read more
Prasoon Gupta, co-founder Saatviko, leads two businesses – one a chain of restaurants and another a packaged foods business – under the theme of Ayurveda; His strategy is to go slow on the former and explore rapid growth in the latterread more
Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Jupiter Capital took it upon themselves to address a gap in the luxury resorts space in India by establishing Niraamaya Retreats in 2010. With nearly an acre of space devoted to a key, this retreat chain aims to sell a wellness experience that is unparalleled.read more
Vaibhav Agrawal, Associate Partner at Lightspeed India Partners Advisors LLP, shares the reasons behind saying yes or no to a prospective investment.read more
Ashwin Raguraman, Venture Partner at Bharat Innovation Fund, talks to us about what it takes for him to say yes or no to a deal and about the future of the venture capital ecosystem in India.read more
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