Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Licious Launches India's First Meat-Based Spread Range

·        With presence across raw meat & seafood, marinades and RTE, Licious is India's first Meat Food brand

·        Aims at disrupting the ready-to-eat category by diversifying  into the $800-million spreads market

Mumbai, August 19th 2019: Consolidating its position as India’s first and only Meat Food Brand, Licious announced its foray into packaged food category with the launch of its latest innovation. The company launched a first-of-its-kind ‘meat-based-spreads’ that will transform the way we consume meat in India. In its fifth year of operations, Licious is entering a new phase of growth with product diversification and exciting line-up of launches planned through the year. The product was unveiled by Bollywood celebrity, Shilpa Shetty Kundra in a gala gathering at Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai.
The spreads category in India, valued at $800-million, is growing at a steady rate of 16 per cent. Butter, jams, chocolate spreads and mayo-based spreads have been the key products, with little on offer for the meat lovers.  Given that 72 per cent Indians consume meat, for Licious, the gap in the spreads category presents a huge opportunity. As India’s first consumer unicorn in the making, Licious is all set to revolutionise this category, starting with six uniquely flavoured meat spreads- butter chicken, continental chicken, honey-mustard chicken, shawarma chicken, sweet tamarind chicken and herby-tomato chicken.
The USP of Licious’ meat spreads are presence of generous amount of freshly cooked real chicken chunks. These meat spreads contain 35 percent of chicken chunks per 100 gms of the product such that there meat in every bite. Not only are they a natural source of protein but also they are free of artificial preservatives, flavours and colours. They contain 0% making them the perfect choice for health-conscious consumers. The spreads can be used with bases like bread, paratha, chapatti, and salads to make wholesome sandwiches, wraps and salads.
Speaking at the launch, Abhay Hanjura and Vivek Gupta, Founders, Licious, said, “From selling a range of fresh and raw meat products online, we have evolved not only in terms of core offerings in the raw and fresh meat category, but also entered the ready-to-cook (RTC) and ready-to-eat (RTE) categories with pre-marinated meats and bottled spreads. We envisage a promising omni-channel play for our range of products. We are building a brand in a highly fragmented and unorganised space. Our vision is to create a loved consumer meat brand.”
The spreads market is witnessing robust growth due to changing consumer tastes, expanding middle-class population and increasing demand for tasty and healthy food products. Today, Licious has kick-started an ambitious diversification journey with the launch of India’s first meaty spreads, strengthening our position as a consumer product company. The RTE category is an important growth engine. As the company diversifies into varied categories under the packaged food segment, our target is to acquire 15 per cent of the market share in the next three years,” said the founders.
Over the the next three years, Licious is aiming at growing their packaged food business to contribute to 20 per cent of the overall business.
The chief guest for the event, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, said, “As a mother and health-conscious individual, I am aware of the daily food battles that our busy lifestyles challenge us with. We are what we eat, goes the saying. So, quality is of paramount importance. I’m glad that a home-grown consumer brand like Licious - a meat food company playing in multiple categories - is exploring new frontiers of food innovation in terms of world-class products that offer wholesome nutrition, bringing together the best of health and taste. I’m a fan of their all-natural meat-based spreads. It’s going to be the new staple in my household.”
Licious was founded in 2015 in Bengaluru as an online brand that sells raw meat products like chicken, sea-food, red meat, pre-marinated meat, and gourmet meat-based products. The company has revolutionised the traditionally unorganised market by delivering fresh and hygienic meat at the doorstep of consumers within 120 minutes of ordering. Today, the company also offers a range of value-added products under the RTC and RTE categories.
Currently, Licious is present in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. Over the coming months, the plan is to establish a national presence as India’s first omni-channel brand in the meat space.
Licious meat spreads will be available in key offline and online stores across all markets. Available in 30 gms and 200 gms packets, the products are priced at Rs 30 and Rs 199 respectively.

CaratLane - A Tanishq Partnership: Now in Powai

20th August 2019 - CaratLane - A Tanishq Partnership, is now open at Mumbai’s upbeat neighborhood - City Park in Powai. This outpost of CaratLane brings a brand new jewellery buying experience to shoppers in the vicinity, especially to consumers that love to try before they buy. 

“The thing I love the most about CaratLane is that their designs are light-weight and made for everyday wear. They also have a great collection of designs for special occasions, which makes it a go-to jewellery place for me. With a store in my neighborhood I can see the designs in person and place orders online at my convenience!” said Moushmi Chatterjee, a CaratLane customer from Mumbai.

Since its inception, CaratLane has revolutionized the way Indian women discover fine jewellery, by making modern, beautiful designs accessible through its omni-channel presence. With this latest addition, CaratLane now has 7 stores in Mumbai, 15 in the Western region of India and 62 across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Mithun Sacheti, Founder & CEO of CaratLane said, “Mumbai is a crucial market for us and we have had a high demand to launch more stores here. This store is likely to appeal more to the young working professionals residing in the area and hence is designed keeping their needs in mind. We are looking forward to welcoming the residents of Powai to a whole new experience that will help them discover fine jewellery like never before.”
“CaratLane stores are very different from the typical Indian jewellery stores. The virtual try-on ‘magic-mirror’, a solitaire corner and an extremely helpful team of experts are what make the experience exceptional. We’ll also be showcasing the bestselling designs from our latest collection - Ballet here” added Sacheti.
“Powai has been a very important region for us as far as online sale goes, and hence we are really thrilled to launch our latest store in Mumbai here. CaratLane has designs starting as low as Rs. 5000 and as a special launch offer for our customers, the store is offering a Flat 20% off on purchase of diamond jewellery worth Rs. 40,000 and above for a limited period” said, Atul Sinha, Senior Vice President - Retail, CaratLane, who was present at the launch.
For a brand that’s on a mission to democratize access to beautiful jewellery, the launch of this store is yet another step forward in that direction.
Your Favourite Designs, Now at the Lowest Price.
Store Address:
CaratLane Store,
Shop No G-3, Ground Floor,
City Park, Central Avenue,
Business District,
Powai, Mumbai - 400076
Store Timings: 11:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Five investment proposals worth Rs. 2, 04,069 crore receive Government of Odisha’s nod

Mumbai , 19th August, 2019:  With the 5T initiative devised by the Odisha Govt., where transformation goals will be achieved through teamwork, transparency and technology enablers in a time-bound manner, industrialisation is at its peak. This strategy has already started yielding encouraging results towards our industrial growth, where the Govt. has approved five investment proposals envisaging investment of Rs. 2,04,069 Crore in the 20th High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) meeting held under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik in newly inaugurated Kharavel Bhavan conference hall today evening, wherein Shri Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries outlined the project proposals for consideration. This is the highest ever investment approved by the HLCA so far.
These proposals will create employment opportunities for 27,645 people. All the proposals approved in the meeting belong to the focus sectors identified by the State Govt., i.e., Chemicals & Petrochemicals and Metal Downstream.
In the metal downstream Sector, the HLCA approved the proposal of M/s Jindal (India) Limited to set up a Cold Rolling Complex of 0.50 MTPA and Steel Processing Plant at Kalinga Nagar Industrial Complex, Dist. Jajpur, with a total investment of Rs. 1,676 Crores, providing employment to about 1,300 people.
Another proposal by M/s Talcher Fertilizer Ltd to set up a Coal based Urea Fertilizer complex of capacity 1.99 MMTPA at Talcher, Dist- Angul with investment of Rs. 14,732 Crores, employing around 550 people was also approved.
In a major breakthrough in the Petrochemical sector, the HLCA gave its nod to two giants in this sector for setting up their projects at Odisha.
The first one was by M/s Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) to set up a Hydrocarbon processing complex comprising of light crude oil refinery, Aromatics complex and Ethylene Cracker Complex near the proposed Subarnarekha port, Dist- Balasore with a total investment of Rs. 78,225.00 Crores, providing job opportunities for around 10,000 people.
Another proposal was by the petrochemical major, M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited to expand its existing Refinery unit from 15 MMTPA to 25 MMTPA, and setting up of a Petrochemical complex comprising a Dual Feed Cracker, Naphtha cracker and Petcoke Gasification Plant at Paradip, Dist: Jagatsinghpur with a total investment of Rs.1,00,300 Crores, employing around 12,595 people. The project will ensure the availability of building block feedstock to ancillary and downstream units in the Chemical and Petrochemical sector.
Another proposal by IOCL, to set up 1.2 MMTPA capacity of PX-PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid complex) with an investment of Rs 9,136 Crore in its existing Paradip refinery, employing around 3,200 people, has also been approved in the meeting.
These would not only make the state a Petrochemical hub, propelling growth of downstream petrochemical units in state, but also make Odisha, the Energy Gateway of the East. Both the projects being port-based would also facilitate the export and import trading.

13th Edition of IIFJAS inaugurated in Mumbai by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis

Mumbai : The India International Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show {IIFJAS} is oldest, largest and official platform in India for the Fashion & Imitation Jewelry. Fondly known as the Face of Indian fashion Jewelry Industry, IIFJAS is all set to welcome everyone to witness a larger and enhanced show at the 13th edition in Mumbai from 20th to 23rd August, 2019 at Bombay Exhibition Centre(NESCO) Goregaon from 10:30 am onwards to 6:00 pm. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis (banker, singer and social activist) she not only graced the show rather personally visited various stalls to check out new trend and options available.

IIFJAS is a platform which gives chance to all the upcoming jewelry designers and manufacturers of India, fashion stylists, renowned buying houses and buying agents, Television production houses and many top-notch merchandising outlets, aside from wholesalers, retailers, traders, importers and exporters to showcase the unique portion of their work.


Ms. Amruta Fadnavis who is a versatile personality and wears many feathers in her cap like that of a social activist, banker and singer, is also known for her fashion and style statement, when asked about her experience she said ""It was an exhilarating experience to see these many latest trends and designs from different parts of India as well as the world under one roof in IIFJAS 2019. I am glad that I visited here”.”

“We're thrilled to start next edition of IIFJAS which has developed into the premiere destination for individuals and brands from fashion jewelry industry to showcase their strengths and talents," said  Devraj Semlani, Chairman, Radiaant Expositions Ltd.

“With changing trends people’s preference for jewelry has also changed which led to a rise in growth of fashion jewelry Industry. Through IIFJAS we strive to provide a platform to the industry and give them their due share in the market” said Abhishek Jaiin- Director- Radiaant Expositions Ltd.

It is the only show that boasts of being the individual destination in India to see the modern trends and inventions of leading brands & manufacturers in costume jewellery, CZ Jewellery, fashion jewellery, silver jewellery, raw materials, pieces of machinery, packaging & accessories products from Gems & Jewellery industry.

The Thirteenth Edition is expected to be more magnificent than ever and facilitate grander business opportunities to about 250+ suppliers spread across 350+ stalls and 10,000+ quality trade buyers from all across the globe. The buyer-turnout is expected to be a record breaking one, with buyers joining-in from 250+ Indian cities from over 20 Indian states, and internationally from all 7 continents of the world, specifically from countries and regions like USA, UK, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Nigeria, S. Africa, Turkey, Tunisia, Singapore, Nepal, Canada, Mexico, Cyprus, Myanmar, China, Bahrain, Dubai, Jeddah, Japan, Afghanistan, Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UAE, Nigeria and Hong Kong, showing great appreciation for the trend-setting designs and quality products to be displayed at the IIFJAS.

IIFJAS attracts fashion and style connoisseurs from different parts of world. Footfall includes people like  Jewelry designers, fashion designers, fashion stylists, renowned buying houses and buying agents, Television production houses and many top-notch retail outlets, apart from wholesalers, retailers, traders, importers and exporters.

IIFJAS affirms its crystal clear vision to benefit the entire industry and motivate other related sections to join the business league in the coming years, by acting as the perfect platform for sourcing costume & fashion jewelry and accessories.

FICCI FLO comes Face to Face with the Mumbai police on Women Safety Day

Mumbai 19th August 2019:  FICCI FLO Mumbai Chapter held an interactive session to resolve queries and doubts on Women’s safety at work and in the digital space at MCA Club BKC, Mumbai. The workshop was graced by Dr. Rashmi Karandikar, Deputy Commissioner of Police Port Zone, Mumbai. This event was sponsored by Vodafone Sakhi –a unique safety service for women
The key speakers were greeted by Ms. Anuradha Bhatia, Chairperson of FICCI FLO. The people joining this event from Mumbai police department as key speakers were Mrs. Sharmila Sahasrabuddhe, Police Inspector, cybercrime branch and Mrs. Surekha Dige, Assistant Police Inspector; Crime against Women, cybercrime branch and Ms. Shama Sayyad,PSI Mumbai PoliceThey highlighted the need to spread the awareness for cybercrime and different sections/articles on laws for women’s safety at work.

The events was primarily focused on increasing cognizance against cyber theft, cyber stalking, fake news, Web Hijacking, etc. This programme also showcased on how Mumbai police’s Twitter handle work for road safety and cyber security 24/7.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Anuradha Bhatia, Chairperson of FICCI FLO said, “We at FICCI FLO Mumbai were honored to conduct face To face interaction with the Mumbai police. It is very relevant to bring out key issues related to women's safety and how we can stay vigilant to prevent them on a daily basis”.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

OPPO Reno 2 Series Set to Redefine Creativity

Boasts an industry-first creative innovation such as quad camera with 20X digital zoom
New Delhi, 16th August 2019  Committed to introducing futuristic innovations, OPPO, a leading global smartphone brand is all set to unveil its Reno 2 Series on 28th August 2019. OPPO Reno 2 is the brand-new breakthrough Reno series smartphone that will come with a slew of photography-enhancing features, including a 48MP Quad camera setup and a 20X digital zoom along with a 5x Hybrid Zoom. It will also support Ultra Dark Mode allowing users to enjoy ultra-clear night shots and Ultra Steady Video bringing action camera level video.

In line with the legacy of introducing innovative technology, the Reno Series was launched as the catalyst for OPPOs smartphone and creative development, the soon-to-be-launched OPPO Reno 2 Series will take this creativity one step further as it will challenge users to ditch clichéd photography techniques in favour of never seen before camerawork. 

The Reno series received an overwhelming response by the Indian consumers and with the entry of Reno 2, OPPO will stimulate its future growth by reinvigorating the premium smartphone market.  Reno2 Series will also be the first-ever OPPO handset to feature a quad camera setup. The phones innovative technology will allow users to break perspectives, opening their minds to new angles and possibilities, uninhibited by place or time  from vast plateaus to cramped city streets, or sun-drenched beaches to dark, moonless nights.

The quad camera will provide a powerful toolkit for seeing things differently from all angles, offering a 20x Digital Zoom providing users with the freedom to choose the viewing angle they prefer for video creation, with all focal lengths achieving clear and less noisy results, with no dropped frames during shooting.

The Reno2 Series will also come with Ultra Dark Mode which will elevate the photos beyond naked eye through hardware network-optimized AI noise reduction. Meanwhile, software dynamic exposure adjustments will secure optimal picture brightness allowing the consumers to view objects in the night clearly. The use of a built-in NPU speeds up picture processing, making it more convenient and easier to enjoy beautiful nights.

In addition to the unique features, the Reno2 Series Ultra Steady Video can bring exceptionally clear and smooth video. Approaching the quality level of purpose-built action camera, regardless of users active lifestyles  jogging, skiing, cycling or traveling, the Reno2 Series is ideal for users always on the move.

With the new Reno 2 series, OPPO is set on building great products that will take forward its innovative technology with elegant design.

Superstar Akshay Kumar visits INOX

Superstar Akshay Kumar visits INOX Inorbit Mall at Malad
To watch Mission Mangal with 1000 school kids

Mumbai, 16th Aug 2019. Superstar Akshay Kumar visited INOX at Inorbit Mall at Malad to watch the special screening of Mission Mangal which was organized for 1000 kids. Akshay joined the kids of Ira Global School who were there to watch Mission Mangal. While interacting with the kids, Akshay spoke about India’s endeavors in the field of space program and how the movie Mission Mangal would help in raising awareness about the same across the world. For a special screening of Mission Mangal for Ira Global School, 1000 school children reached INOX at Inorbit Mall at 9 AM. 6 out of the total of 11 screens at INOX were dedicated for this special screening.

While welcoming Akshay Kumar for the screening of Mission Mangal at INOX, Saurabh Varma, Chief Marketing Officer, INOX Leisure Ltd said, “Akshay Kumar movies not only entertain you outright, but also enlighten you with a strong and impactful message. Mission Mangal is another such movie which is entertaining and enlightening at the same time and pulling off such performances is not easy. Such movies inculcate love for the country and patriotism among the kids. It is our privilege today to welcome 800 lovely school children to our multiplex and Akshay’s presence multiplies the joy to many notches. We are also thankful to Ira Global School to entrust us this responsibility of screening the movie for their kids. Schools have shown a huge preference for INOX multiplexes as they find the environment safe and comfortable.”