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Purchase Managers Share Insights on Packaged Food Product Growth in India and its Benefits to the Hospitality Industry

The Booming Packaged Food Industry and Its Benefits to Hospitality. The packaged food product industry has experienced incredible growth in recent years, with the hospitality industry being one of the primary beneficiaries. Purchase managers have

The Booming Packaged Food Industry and Its Benefits to Hospitality. The packaged food product industry has experienced incredible growth in recent years, with the hospitality industry being one of the primary beneficiaries. Purchase managers have shared their perspectives on how this trend has positively impacted the industry.

Director of Purchase, Meluha The Fern An Ecotel Hotel Powai,Mumbai

The potential growth of packaged food products in India is significantly, driven by changing lifestyles and  urbanization, This trend presents advantages to the hospitality industry, offering convenient and diverse options for quick service and catering. The industry can incorporate popular packaged items,to enhancing efficiency, and meeting the needs of the industry.

Sustainable packaging is the need of the hour as it  involves the creation and use of packaging materials that have minimal environmental impact throughout their life cycle.

Cluster Materials Manager, Surat Marriott Hotel and Courtyard By Marriott Surat

“ The surging popularity of packaged food in India spells a golden opportunity for the hospitality industry. With easy handling, extended shelf life, and alignment with consumer preferences, packaged foods offer distinct advantages. Hotels and catering services can streamline operations and enhance customer experiences by incorporating these convenient options. This evolving trend not only caters to changing preferences but also positions the industry for significant growth in providing efficient and appealing culinary solutions.”

Head of Operations, CURRYIT

“In hospitality, one of the biggest challenges is to balance operating margins with quality and variety. Products like ready-to-cook that simplify cooking processes, ensure standardization and save space, time and money can therefore, directly contribute to the business’s bottom line.

Curry pastes also allow HoReCa operators to expand their menus without additional resources and without worrying about fluctuations in raw material costs, demand, seasonality. Further, consistency in taste and quality, becomes a winning factor for customer delight and hence higher LTVs.”

Head – Material Management, MAYFAIR Hotels & Resorts

Drawing upon extensive experience, I anticipate a substantial upswing in India’s packaged food sector. Elevated microbial safety standards promise extended shelf life, mitigating contamination risks and flavor alterations. Aesthetically pleasing raw materials, coupled with reduced wastage and off-season cost savings, herald a transformative era for the hospitality industry, ensuring both safety and economic vitality. The future of the food industry undoubtedly lies in packaged foods, as India takes a giant leap worldwide as a “VishwaBandhu.”

Purchase Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel Pune Kharadi

“I recognize substantial opportunities for the expansion of packaged food products in India. The inherent advantages of convenience, prolonged shelf life, storage, NIP and a diverse range of options offer considerable benefits to the hospitality sector. This enables us to enhance the quality and efficiency of our offerings, catering to the dynamic preferences of our discerning guests at Radisson Blu Hotel Pune Kharadi.”

Procurement Manager, Crowne Plaza Ahmedabad City Centre

 “There is a substantial market for packaged food products, given the continual fluctuation in raw material prices, particularly for perishable items. This trend creates significant demand for processed alternatives, serving as substitutes for raw materials. Utilizing these products enables our hotel to maintain consistent standards and quality without posing challenges to food and raw material costs.”

Purchase Manager, Novotel & Ibis Bengaluru Outer Ring Road

I firmly believe that the potential growth of packaged food products in India presents a significant opportunity for the hospitality industry, particularly for establishments like Novotel & Ibis Bengaluru Outer Ring Road. The advantages are three-fold – not only does it align with the evolving consumer preferences for convenience and hygiene, but it also allows us to streamline our operations more efficiently. By incorporating high-quality packaged food options, we can enhance guest satisfaction, reduce operational complexities, and maintain the highest standards of safety and hygiene, which are paramount in today’s hospitality landscape. Moreover, our commitment to sustainability is reinforced by the conscious decision to use eco-friendly packaging, eliminating the use of single-use plastic and contributing to a more environmentally responsible approach in the industry.

Purchase Manager, Sheraton Grand Palace Indore

“In India, the surge in packaged food products heralds a transformative era for the hospitality industry. Embracing convenience, these products save time, elevate product quality, maintain superior hygiene standards, and prove cost-effective. This shift not only streamlines operations but also enhances the overall guest experience, positioning the industry for substantial growth and efficiency gains.”

Purchase Manager, Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa

“The potential growth of packaged food in the hospitality industry brings a multitude of advantages, from increasing the portfolio of food culture to boosting brand recognition and extending market reach. This shift towards convenience aligns with changing lifestyles, providing cost-effective solutions and reducing food waste, driving industry competitiveness.”

Purchase Manager, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel

“In an expanding hospitality space, consumers are increasingly seeking products that prioritize health. Therefore, innovations ensuring both consistency and quality are poised to resonate with customers. Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainable growth and actively supports partnerships that not only meet rigorous quality standards but also contribute to promoting a healthy lifestyle”

Purchase Manager, Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport

The potential growth of packaged food products in India not only signifies a rapidly expanding industry but also brings valuable advantages to the hospitality sector. With 75% of urban residents favouring ready-to-eat meals due to their busy lifestyles, this trend is particularly relevant to us. At Holiday Inn Aerocity, the surge in packaged food popularity provides an excellent opportunity. It allows chefs to offer a diverse menu, including non-seasonal items, catering to the varied culinary preferences of the guests.

Purchase Manager, Lords Plaza Surat

In fast-paced daily life, many restaurants find packaged food an ideal option as it requires none or very little preparation besides heating up.

High-value processed or packaged food may also be high in refined carbs, sugar, trans fats, salt, and sodium. Food preservatives and artificial colors can not only worsen the flavor, but they’re also unsafe for consumption.

Packaged food also increases food costs, as it includes food storage, preservation, packaging, and transportation costs.

Our restaurants go the extra mile in serving guests fresh and delicious food. It not only tastes better, but it’s healthier too since it isn’t loaded with preservatives used for extending shelf life. 

Purchase Manager at The Orchid Hotel, Pune

The utilisation of packaged food is imperative within the evolving industries, serving the crucial purposes of preserving product quality, managing food costs, mitigating reliance on labor availability, and bolstering productivity in the kitchen. This practice effectively upholds stringent quality standards while also streamlining maintenance and offering practical utility for hotels. 

Purchase Officer, Niraamaya Wellness Retreats

‘Packaged food in India is booming, especially healthy and traditional options. Consumers want convenient and healthy food, so companies should make more organic and health food products.

There are challenges like trade barriers and high costs, but packaged food is still a big part of India’s economy and has great potential for growth in the hospitality industry. Hotels and restaurants can offer more healthy and convenient options to customers, making themselves more appealing and profitable.

At Niraamaya Wellness Retreats, we distribute sustainable and eco-friendly products within our Packaged Food offerings. It’s our commitment to providing sustainable and innovative services.”

Senior Manager – Purchase, Brigade Hospitality

“Packaged food is transforming the hospitality industry with convenience, consistency and most importantly cost efficiency. At Brigade Hospitality it is enabling us to introduce diverse menus, extending shelf life and adapting to trends, it streamlines operations. Use of packaged foods caters to dietary preferences of our guests, ensuring a seamless and delightful guest experience while maximizing operational efficiency.”

Purchase Manager, Chowman Hospitality Pvt 

“Over the years, there has been a significant increase in the availability of packaged food products. In India, there has been a tendency to avoid such products due to preconceived notions. However, with the evolving patterns of consumption and the growing utility of packaged items, there has been a noteworthy shift in people’s mindsets. The detailed information provided on the packaging, including ingredients, nutritional value, shelf life, and preparation instructions, plays a crucial role. This information makes it easier for the hospitality industry to make informed purchases, aligning with specific deadlines and helping to minimize wastage.”

“At DoubleTree by Hilton, we foresee burgeoning demand for packaged food products, presenting a unique opportunity for the Hospitality industry. Packaged Foods products cater to urgent or sudden requirements and also offer accessibility to a diverse range of imported products from worldwide enhancing the culinary experience.”

Gudpal Singh, Purchase Manager DoubleTree by Hilton Goa Panaji



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