‘NRAI India Food Services Report 2016’ (NRAI IFSR 2016) has been launched by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, at New Delhi. Commissioned by the NRAI and compiled by Technopak, NRAI IFSR 2016 is a comprehensive trade report on the Indian food services sector. Introducing the report to the audience and chief guest Samir Kuckreja, past president and trustee, NRAI said, “The NRAI’s third research on the food services industry is a comprehensive report that includes results from in-depth interaction with a variety of companies, meetings with over 50 CEOs, consumer research that covered 2000 people across 20 cities of India and trade research at restaurants.” The report addresses international market perspective for nine countries including the USA, China, South Africa, Turkey and the UAE. It also covers PE/VC funding in the industry and digital media marketing.
NRAI IFSR 2016 estimates that the total contribution of the restaurant industry alone will contribute 2.1 per cent to the GDP of India by 2021. Kant, after releasing the report, said, “India has been on a high growth trajectory over the last couple of years. India’s exponential growth and consumption in terms of frequency of eating out and experimentation with cuisines and concepts has given the F&B services sector such a fillip that this industry is currently estimated to be worth US$ 48 billion in terms of overall market size. I am happy to unveil the NRAI India Food Services Report 2016, an industry paper that documents the various developmental parameters, for the F&B sector at large. I congratulate the NRAI team for spearheading a project of this calibre and wish them success for their future endeavours.”
Rahul Singh, honorary secretary, NRAI, while presenting details from the report, pointed out that the NRAI IFSR 2016 documents the unprecedented growth that this sector has witnessed while outlining some of the challenges that the industry faces that pose a barrier to entry and optimal operational efficiency. He also noted that the report findings reveal that the food services market in India has triggered growth across a wide range of ancillary industries, thus providing a boost to the entire ecosystem. Key allied industries which support food services and have benefited from its growth are agriculture and food processing, supply chain and logistics, real estate, kitchen equipment, and commissary.
While discussing the report, Riyaaz Amlani, president, NRAI, stated, “The total food services market today stands at INR 309,110 crore and has grown at 7.7 per cent since our last report in 2013. This is projected to grow to INR 498,130 crore at a CAGR of 10 per cent by 2021. This year alone, the Indian restaurant sector will create direct employment for 5.8 million people and contribute a whopping INR 22,400 crore by way of taxes to the Indian economy.” As per the NSDC, restaurants contribute the maximum manpower requirement within the hospitality sector.
The report states that the share of the organised market is just 33 per cent. Expressing distress on this, Amlani remarked, “This is largely due to over regulation of our industry, the complex maze of approvals and licenses required and high tax brackets. It is about time that our industry’s socio-economic impact is recognised by the government, and it initiates immediate steps to unlock the true potential of this behemoth.”
Commenting on NRAI’s contribution to the Indian food services industry, he stated, “I am delighted to report that a lot has been achieved at the NRAI already and we are expecting brighter days in the near future.”
While the food services industry has seen a steady growth over the last three years, the report reveals that the industry has its fair share of roadblocks and challenges like high real estate and manpower costs, inadequate supply chain, infrastructure, financing issues and majorly policy formulation. The main aim of the report is to aid entrepreneurs and investors take informed decisions and unite the industry under one banner.