Burger King made an entry into the Indian market last November in a joint venture with Everstone Capital, and it opened 12 outlets in the National Capital Region and Mumbai.
During the course of this year, more outlets will be opened in Bangalore and Punjab, said Rajeev Varman, CEO of Burger King India. Other markets under consideration for later expansion are Chennai and Hyderabad.
In an interview with Economic Times, Varman further stated that 50% of their menu offered vegetarian options, and this category contributed to 50% of their total sales. Among new initiatives undertaken by Burger King in India was one that promoted women in their system. “If you walk into any Burger King restaurant, you can see the lady employee wearing a badge which reads ‘Queen at Burger King.’ It is not just a badge but it means providing equal opportunities to women, respecting them and protecting their rights at the workplace. I am personally very much attached to this initiative,” he added.
March 17, 2015 No Comments
The Dutch family-owned baking company Zeelandia, has entered into a joint venture with Fine Organics which has been Zeelandia’s distributor in India since 2001. Fine Zeelandia will be based in Mumbai and it will cater to customers throughout the country, as well as in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The company plans to produce locally using local ingredients wherever possible. Within its first year of operation, Fine Zeelandia will also prepare a fully equipped production site for bread and patisserie mixes, Carlo release agents, Finagel cake gel and Paletta jellies.
According to Zeelandia CEO Roelof Krist, the joint venture fits seamlessly into Zeelandia’s strategy. “We want to strengthen our global position through local partnerships and local production. We’ve already established a permanent local presence in China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa and Turkey. India is a logical next step: it’s a huge growth market, especially for confectionery but increasingly for bread as well.”
Matthijs Spiering, Zeelandia’s international commercial manager said, “Because Indian consumers have become more internationally influenced, a number of Western-style bakery ingredients have become popular among Indian, including multi-cereal bread mixes, muffin mixes, fondant and special fruit fillings and glazes.”
March 17, 2015 No Comments
AECOM, a Fortune 500, U.S.-based engineering consulting firm that provides end-to-end solutions for all kinds of infrastructure development projects, plans to hire 1,500 more employees for its India operations, its global chairman & CEO Michael S. Burke said. Currently the company has 2,500 employees located across eight regional offices and project offices in 26 states in India.
Burke, who is visiting India for the first time, said in New Delhi, “AECOM is committed to India and is in a strong position to help Prime Minister Modi and the Indian government achieve the infrastructure vision for the country. We will be hiring professional local talent in India. They are expected to be engineering professionals, architects and planners.”
The company is working on the Dholera New Township in Gujarat, and development of the naval base Seabird in Karwar in the state of Karnataka. The projected construction cost for the two projects is $7.3 billion and $3 billion, respectively. It also provides consultancy services for the Metro rail projects in six cities. The total cost of construction works being undertaken by AECOM for the Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai Metros is $9.9 billion.
March 15, 2015 No Comments
Advet Bhambhani Ventures (ABV), a Dubai-based healthcare service provider, plans to establish India first “luxury” hospital chain. Live Mint reports that Advet Bhambhani, CEO of the ABV Group said, “ABV is looking at an investment of at least $64 million for facilities at multiple locations in the country and will have its first hospital in Mumbai.”
There is a demand for luxury hospitals in the country that will provide superior quality of services and treatment among the rich and the ultra-rich who otherwise prefer to go Singapore or U.S., and to address this requirement ABV will set up all-suite hospitals in India’s metros and some other cities. India’s private healthcare market is dominated by corporate hospital chains such as Apollo Hospitals, Fortis Healthcare, Max Healthcare Ltd., and Wockhardt Hospitals Ltd., which have been raising their market share. Two non-resident Indian groups —Dubai-based Aster DM Healthcare Llc., and Abu Dhabi-based NMC Healthcare have already established a presence in the country.
March 3, 2015 No Comments
Reuters, citing defense sources, reported that Prime Minister Modi had summoned a meeting of the cabinet committee on security on 16 February to approve construction of seven frigates equipped with stealth features to avoid easy detection, and the government cleared an $8 billion plan to build India’s most advanced warships.
Under the ”Project-17A” , four stealth frigates will be built at naval shipyards Mumbai and three in Kolkata. “Project 17-A was awaiting cabinet clearance since 2012,” a defense source said, adding the Modi government was moving quickly on a project seen as of critical national importance.
The Times of India said the government had also approved six nuclear-powered submarines for a further $8 billion. After the cabinet committee for security approval, technical parameters or naval staff qualitative requirements (NSQRs) will be drafted for the over 6,000-tonne submarines. These are likely to be constructed at the ship-building center in Visakhapatnam in the eastern coastal state of Andhra Pradesh where India’s first three nuclear-powered submarines with nuclear ballistic missiles are being built.
February 25, 2015 No Comments