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Maggi: The Story Of The Simple Noodles Which Became An Iconic Indian Snack

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Maggi: The Story Of The Simple Noodles Which Became An Iconic Indian Snack


If you are an Indian there is no chance that you would have missed seeing the simple Maggi masala noodles on Indian streets.  The bright yellow packaging is hard to miss when visiting any grocery store or supermarket.  Maggi is undoubtedly the king of Indian snacks and wildly popular with youngsters across the country for its quick cook time and ease of preparation.  Many a student or bachelor must have definitely whipped themselves up a quick bowl of warm Maggi noodles because they were feeling lazy or just simply craving for a bowl of goodness.  However, this iconic brand has a long history starting with its introduction to Indian markets to the current day where it is available almost everywhere.

Beginnings:

The Maggi brand was originally born in Switzerland in 1886 by Julius Maggi when the government tasked him with making a food product that is not just fast to cook but also delicious to taste.  After a few experiments, Julius came up with a pea and bean soup which was simple and quick to cook.  After further experimentation Julius figured out that a cheap but delicious food product would be helpful for industry workers and that was when he came up with the idea of soups, sauces and flours prepared from pulses.  In the year 1897 Maggi GmBH was founded in Singen, Germany.  Nestle group later acquired Maggi in 1947.  Maggi products are extremely popular in India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan and many other countries in the Middle East.

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Brand Spread in India

The introduction of the humble Maggi noodles dates back a few decades to the early 1980s when the Indian Cricket team won its first World Cup in 1983.  Maggi was introduced as a brand and it was marketed as a food that could be cooked in two minutes.  The ‘2 minute noodles’ became a catchphrase that is synonymous with Maggi noodles in India.  Nestle’s relationship with India goes back to 1912  when it launched in the country as The Nestle Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company while India was still under colonial rule. 

Nestle used to originally manufacture Milkmaid, a sweetened and condensed milk. After the Indian independence in 1947, Nestle realised that they were sitting on a potential gold mine and formed its Indian subsidiary in 1961 and opened its first factory in Moga, Punjab when it recognised the newly formed Indian government’s emphasis on local production.  The choice of the location was also government-dictated and steered by the socialist idealism of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who wanted Nestle to develop the milk economy of Punjab.

The two minute noodles advertising campaign became a hit with mothers and children as the ads focused on the motherly love to cook up delicious food for their children.  The message was one of liberation for women as the noodles were very easy to cook and tasty to eat which meant a very little effort on the part of the mothers.  This made Maggi very attractive among the women in India.

Maggi quickly spread like wildfire and was able to command 90% of the quick noodles market it had created within its first 25 years of launch.  When the brand launched the Me and Meri Maggi campaign (Me and My Maggi,) in its silver jubilee year in 2008, inviting people to send in their personal Maggi stories, its advertising agency Publicis Capital was deluged with more than 30,000 entries.  Even today people can hum the Maggi Maggi song which comes in the television advertisements.  India today is the biggest market for Maggi noodles in the world, despite the serious challenge mounted on the brand by rival Top Ramen. 

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Maggi, along with the buffet of complementary products – soup mixes, sauces and cup noodles – contributes more than 20% of Nestle India’s revenue, clocked around 15 billion rupees in annual sales in 2015.

Ecosystem

Today Maggi has spawned a slew of entrepreneurs who have set up their own businesses to sell the noodles in various kinds and forms like the soupy noodles, schezwan noodles, cheesy noodles, fried noodles and a long list of other delicacies.  It is easy to find a store selling hot cooked Maggi in any corner of India be it the Himalayan ranges, the Indian Ghats, the Indian shores and any remote location.  Maggi has managed to transcend economic divide as it is enjoyed by people from all classes.  

Maggi has managed to dig its roots deep in the Indian culture and is an integral part of the Indian gastronomy scene.  Maggi managed to become an Indian ‘staple food’ after wheat and rice.  There is no doubt that the popularity of Maggi will only continue to grow in the future.  Let us know when you had your favourite bowl of Maggi noodles!

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Wallmantra: This Indian Startup Is Upping The Home Interior Decor Game With Their Modern Designs

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India was always home to some of the oldest and most diverse art forms which have received a lot of international attention over the years.  The advent of internet technology and smartphones meant these art forms have found a new lease of life.  Wallmantra, an Indian startup is at the forefront of bringing these artforms to homes all over the world and India with their humongous modern variety of home and interior decor designs.  Ever since designing and selling affordable wall and interior decor out of their own online marketplace WallMantra has come a long way.

WallMantra was founded in 2013 focusing solely on an online presence.  Wallmantra has more than a thousand unique products which are listed on their website which means customers are simply spoilt for choice.  But what sets Wallmantra apart from their competitors is they have ownership of end-end processes right from design and procurement to sales and shipping and therefore have complete control over quality and timely delivery.  This Make In India startup focuses on design which brings out the best in interior spaces while every product is designed keeping in mind its utility and space requirement.

Mandala Designer Multi Layer Wooden Wall Clock

The beautiful designer Wooden Wall Clock time piece is made of birch wood, hand painted with high-quality paint.

Wallmantra has a very unique range of products like Wall Aquariums- a new and easy way to keep fishes in house, 3D Frames-layers design with LED, Garden Shelves-a short of portal Garden in your house, Wall Shelves-designs inspired from real life characters, Wooden Wall Hangings, designer clocks, and many more and all of which can be accessed through their website.  The website is quite responsive on mobile and desktop with clear division of products in defined categories.  Some of their best selling products include a Planter Shelf Wall Hanging, Mandala Designer Wall Clock, a Golden Buddha Canvas Painting and a Deer Do It Yourself (DIY) Painting Kit.

 

Ship Shape Wood Wall Shelf

This exquisite Ship shape Wall Shelf brings a unique decor for your bare walls with a great utility.

Although the entire world has been coming to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, Wallmantra have shown no signs of stopping and in fact have used this crisis as an opportunity to expand their operations as well as  generating a whole lot of employment responding to Govt’s call for #VocalForLocal and #AtmanirbharBharat.  Wallmantra has trained a workforce consisting of  restaurant workers, contract teachers, factory workers giving them an opportunity to learn new skills.  Wallmantra has expanded, hired and trained a workforce of more than 100 people and is still continuing to expand steadily.  This is due to several factors but the most important one being its complete online marketplace.  Wallmantra has also expanded its presence into the social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram which contributed largely to their growth.  

So head over to their Facebook, Instagram and their website to browse their huge collection of various interior and wall decor products to brighten up your house.  Wallmantra is committed to providing an artistic touch and elevating the interiors of your home.

 

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Leading Brands Which Jumped On The Baba Ka Dhaba Bandwagon For Positive Change

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Leading Brands Which Jumped On The Baba Ka Dhaba Bandwagon For Positive Change

A few days ago, a video appeared on social media of an old man and his wife, who run a small food business in South Delhi.  The old man can be seen breaking down on the video, because business has been quite bad due to low demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The old man who is now being called as Baba spoke about how it has been difficult for his wife and himself to make a living.  The video quickly went viral on social media and #BabaKaDhaba began trending.  The video was widely shared by celebrities, politicians and the people at large and Baba was not prepared for the outpouring of love, help and the surge in demand all of a sudden.  

Famous brands have also decided to get in on the #BabaKaDhaba bandwagon and Zomato was the first to make the most of the moment marketing.  A Twitter user tagged Zomato on the viral video and asked if they can add Baba Ka Dhaba on their app and Zomato obliged and went ahead and added Baba’s Dhaba as a listing on their platform.  Even the Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals, shared the video and urged Delhites to go and help the Baba and his little eatery.

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Pepsi also stepped up and provided a dealer hoarding, a fridge full of Pepsi beverages for free so that Baba can sell the beverages to his customers apart from sending rations for Baba’s home. 

Credit managing startup OkCredit helped the Baba by setting up a QR code for payments so Baba can keep a track of receivables and credit as Baba Ka Dhaba caters to the crowd who frequent nearby institutions and trucks drivers.  Google has set up a Google Pay QR code so customers have additional mode of payment.

The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) pledged to upgrade the infrastructure of Baba Ka Dhaba to make it COVID-compliant.  The dating app Tinder also shared a tweet from their official Twitter account to urge others to choose the eatery for their next date.

 

 

Although Baba Ka Dhaba has become a hotspot for brands to advertise themselves, the incident will be a lesson on how social media can be a great agent for change and spreading positivity.  

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How Do IPL Franchises Make Money

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How Do IPL Franchises Make Money

If there is one thing that every Indian and every cricket fan waits for all year, it is the Indian Premier League, which is the world’s biggest cricketing league.  Professional cricket players from all over the world vie to get selected by one of the eight franchises which compete in the league.  The entire league is a star studded affair and Indians manage to forget their differences and band together for all the time the league is aired.  Each franchise boasts of a loyal fan following who have supported their teams through thick and thin ever since IPL was inaugurated in 2008.  While the entire league is a melting pot of entertainment and competition, have you ever wondered how the franchises make money in IPL?  In this article we will decode the business models behind the IPL teams and how they earn money.

Franchises need to bid for players every year before the start of the IPL season in an auction.  Each franchise has a maximum spend limit of Rs. 80 crores to buy players in the auction.  Apart from buying players each franchise also needs to bear the cost of travel, support staff and logistics.  The following are the different avenues from which franchises earn money.

1) Sponsorships

Franchises earn a major chunk of their revenue from sponsorships, but they do not get the money from sponsorships directly.  The IPL governing council gets money from sponsors and in the case of this year it is from Dream 11, which is the title sponsor while VIVO was the title sponsor last year.  All the money which is earned from sponsorships is divided into a ratio of 60:40 with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) retaining 40% of the sponsorships.  The remaining 60% is distributed among the ten franchises.  BCCI owns and operates the IPL in India.  The ratio of distribution might change in the coming years depending on the decisions taken by the BCCI.

2)  Media rights

Broadcasting companies bid for the media rights and the winning bid will get to air the IPL on their channel.  Star India bagged the media rights for IPL with a bid of Rs. 16,345 crores for five years (2018-2022.)  The money from media rights are also distributed in the 60:40 ratio with BCCI keeping 40% and the franchises getting an equal distribution from the remaining 60%.

3) Franchise sponsors

Each franchise has its own dedicated sponsors which pay a huge amount of money to the franchise.  The logos and names of the companies which you can see on the sporting attire of every IPL team are actually the dedicated sponsors of their respective franchises.  The profit from dedicated sponsors depends on the deal the franchise has made with their sponsor. The income generated from dedicated sponsors might differ from team to team.

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4) Sale of tickets

Each franchise can choose a home ground from the available venues in the BCCI roster like Sunrisers Hyderabad, choosing Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders choosing Kolkata.  Only the home franchise can fix the price of tickets for the matches happening in their home ground.  Bigger stadiums with large seating capacity earn the most from ticket sales.  Kolkata Knight Riders home ground Eden Gardens has the highest seating capacity in India and therefore KKR earns the most from ticket sales.  

5) Merchandising

Each franchise makes some money by selling official jerseys, caps, wrist watches, souvenirs etcetera.  The merchandise is sold through the official franchise websites.

6) Prize money

Franchises battle it out in a long season to become the winner of the IPL season.  The winning team also wins a hefty prize money which is an additional source of revenue.  In 2019, the winning franchise won Rs. 15 crores while the runner up won Rs. 10 crores.

IPL is a big stage for franchise owners to earn their revenues as well as the perfect opportunity for players to make their mark and win big auctions.  This is how franchises earn their revenues from the IPL.  As this year’s edition is off to a flying start, IPL has been a blessing in disguise for millions of Indians in the gloomy times we currently are experiencing.  

 

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