Belgian Beers Now Offered at India’s Pubs

Belgium‘s Chimay, one of only 11 “Trappist” beers in the world, brewed by monks within the walls of an abbey, with profits going to charity, will be available in India. Its launch in the Indian market coincides with the Belgian royal couple King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visit to India to mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Another Belgian brand, Delirium, with its famous pink elephant logo, is also entering the Indian market. Both Chimay and Delirium will be imported, distributed and marketed in India by New Delhi-based Hema Connoisseur Collections Pvt. Ltd., and will retail at $8.50 per a pint bottle. Initially, the two Belgian beers will be available across selected eight retail outlets in New Delhi, six top hotels, a few restaurants and 18 pubs, including 12 units of Beer Café. “Within a few weeks, we’ll have a similar presence in Mumbai and Pune. There is no immediate plan to expand further,” said Amit Agarwal, chief executive officer, Hema Connoisseur Collections.

Trappist Beers

Beer pubs are upbeat, reports LiveMint. “Chimay is one of the most prestigious Trappist beers in the world. At Beer Café, these are the most premium beers on the menu. We have already witnessed a sense of exuberance among beer aficionados,” said Rahul Singh, founder and chief executive of Beer Café.

 

November 8, 2017   No Comments

Walmart Ups the Ante in India

 Arkansas-headquartered Walmart is planning a threefold increase in the pace of opening stores by 2020 in India. It plans to open 50 new stores by 2022 to take the total store count to 70.

“We are opening five to seven stores next year. Eventually, we want to open 15 a year, which should happen from 2020,” president and chief executive Krish Iyer said. The firm spends around $12 million per store for an average size of 55,000 square feet, and it has signed up for 19 sites so far.  Iyer added that Walmart considered India as a priority market in terms of providing resources to build capacities, back-end infrastructure, and implementing technology.

Walmart inaugurated one of its first global fulfilment centers or ‘dark store’ in India, in an effort to speed up operations in the country. The 45,000 square feet center at Bhiwandi near Mumbai will cater to the business needs of resellers, mom-and-pop grocery stores, offices and institutions through online orders mostly stock packaged consumer products and home supplies.

Walmart best price store in India

Walmart’s  Best Price store in India

 

November 2, 2017   No Comments

WeWork Expands to India

Miguel McKelvey, co-founder and chief creative officer of the $20 billion New York-based collaborative workspace startup WeWork, discussed his business in India with Forbes’ India staff Anshul Dhamija.

McKelvey said that in India WeWork had entered into a partnership with the Embassy Group. They launched operations in the beginning of this year and had close to 350,000 square feet of shared workspaces in Bangalore and Mumbai. “India’s probably the biggest market for us,” says McKelvey.

The concept of sharing a workspace with diverse set of professionals and enterprises is new in India and is catching on. WeWork gives access to discounted health care services, payment processing for their companies, IT support, education and training, to all its members.

When asked to comment on what opportunities India offers, McKelvey said: When we first came here, or thought about coming here, it certainly felt a bit overwhelming because it’s such a huge place and the culture is so diverse, varying from city to city and state to state. So having a partner is essential in understanding the local culture and also gives us credibility in the market. India’s probably the biggest market for us. While we are super excited to be in Japan, Australia and Europe, we are talking about hundreds of millions of people here in India. I think this is a place that, in the upcoming years, will play a major part in the way the world economy develops. For us to be here now is an incredible opportunity.

Inside an Office

October 29, 2017   No Comments

India’s Food Safety Regulator Eases Business Policies

To facilitate ease of doing business, state-owned Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) put in place procedures to simplify licensing and registration processes:

  • It developed an online Food Licensing and Registration System in all states, (except in Nagaland) as also at airports, seaports and in India’s railway systems.
  • Working in collaboration with the national Center for Good Governance, FSSAI developed forms  that are now much simpler than before.
  • Inspection of premises before issuing licenses has been waived by the authority.
  • FSSAI will strengthen its customer care cell and make it available throughout the day for consumer complaints, food import clearance issues, food registration and licensing issues, and any other related queries.
  • FSSAI approved a policy to accept Codex standards where there are no government guidelines in place, while concurrently initiating the exercise of aligning its standards with Codex.
  • FSSAI simplified food import clearances: It integrated its Food Import Clearance System with the Indian Customs and Central Excise gateway, enabling a food importer to file an application on the Single Window Interface to Facilitate Trade or SWIFT System.

Food Import Clearance Process:

File Application on SWIFT ->Document Scrutiny->Inspection & Sampling->Samples to Lab->Lab Test Report-> No Objection or Non Conformance Certificate ->Transmit NOC/NCC online to SWIFT->Authorities decide on release of consignment

  • For importing food into India the importer must have a valid FSSAI License and the Import-Export Code from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
  • Currently FSSAI is present at 6 places in India: Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin and Tuticorn.
  • In the case of food items with a very short shelf life, (such as fresh fruit and processed cheese) FSSAI will issue a Provisional No Objection Certificate immediately.
  • To eliminate the current practice of multiple sampling and testing from the same cargo, and to facilitate import clearance, FSSAI now allows one homogeneous sample to be drawn from commingled cargo of pulses, cereals and oils for multiple importers at the first port of discharge. The analysis report of the sample at the first port of discharge will remain valid at other ports of discharge.

FSSAI Logo

October 23, 2017   No Comments

Gujarat Leads Race to Manufacture Electric Vehicles in India

With the Government of India’s initiative to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2019 , car and bike makers are preparing to manufacture electric and hybrid systems. The western state of Gujarat is set to become the electric vehicle hub of India.

Ford Motor Co., which has a manufacturing unit at Sanand in Gujarat will partner with Mahindra Group to explore electrification of vehicles as a potential area of co-operation on which they would collaborate and work together for the next three years.

Mumbai-based JSW Group signed an agreement with the government of Gujarat to promote production of battery operated vehicles in the state along with the production of electrical battery, storage solutions and charging infrastructure. The company will invest $700 million (4000 crore) in the project.

Electric car

Suzuki Motor Corporation is gearing up to manufacture EVs in a factory at Hansalpur in Gujarat, and has committed $600 million for the venture.

Tata Motors is looking to revamp its Nano as an EV, in a bid to boost sales; its factory too will be in Gujarat.

Live Mint says that MG Motors India Ltd, a subsidiary of China’s largest auto maker SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd is also considering launching electric and hybrid cars in India. The company has recently taken over General Motors India’s manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat “from where we aim to roll out environment-friendly vehicles,” said P. Balendran, executive director at MG Motors India.

September 30, 2017   No Comments