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A Global Investors Meet is being planned in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, on 10th- 11th June 2019. A road show was SPARscheduled in Bengaluru on 30th Jan 2019, where senior leaders from varied industries were invited to be a part of the event. SPAR represented the retail industry. At this event, SPAR India’s MD and CEO, Rajeev Krishnan & Solai Shakthivel, Senior Vice President - Buying and Merchandising Foods had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interaction with the Honourable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur and the industry minister Bikram Singh.

Himachal Pradesh known as the “Fruit bowl of India” is famous for its abundance of crisp, juicy apples as well as for its pears, peaches, plums, grapes, apricots, mangoes, strawberries and citrus fruits. The fresh produce SPAR India offers its customers is mainly sourced from Himachal Pradesh. Committed to building strong farm to fork relationships, it will be working jointly with the state on sourcing and developing its private label products – soaps and handicrafts etc which in turn will support the growth of SMEs in the state.


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Timezone Phoenix Marketcity KurlaTimezone, leading chain of family entertainment centres, has expanded its presence at Phoenix Market city Kurla with an additional store to complement the existing one. Spread over 14,000 sq. ft, the new Timezone has many new games and rides that kids and families will experience for the first time in India.

Talking about the bigger Timezone, Abbas Jabalpurwala, CEO Timezone Entertainment said, “We are grateful and thrilled with the love we have received from our patrons at Phoenix Market City, we have built this larger space with more games and an overall exciting ambience on public demand. We strongly believe in creating experiences and would continue to entertain and enthral all the fervent visitors.”

This family entertainment centre is loaded with varied concepts and games.  Few of the new games/ rides include: Bowling, Krazee Whirl (dodging cars), Virtual Rabbids (adventure ride), Willy Wonka Chocolate factory (game), Reball target shooting, Interactive VR wall and Ping Pong.

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Arvind R P McDonaldsHardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Westlife Development Ltd. and master franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants in West and South India, has appointed Arvind R. P. as Director- Marketing & Communications. In his new role Arvind will lead the overall marketing and communications strategy for the brand, to further strengthen its leadership in the QSR space.

Arvind joins McDonald’s from Kaya Limited where he led Marketing & Analytics. During his six-year tenure there, he spearheaded various brand-building initiatives, product & services innovations, digital and CRM initiatives.

Commenting on his appointment, Seema Arora Nambiar, Senior Vice President - Strategy, Innovation & Capability, McDonald's India (West & South) said, “We are delighted to welcome Arvind to the McDonald’s family. Arvind has a proven track record of building strong brands, driving insightful product and service innovations and leading digital projects. I am confident that he will be instrumental in leading McDonald’s to its next phase of growth.”

Speaking on his new assignment, Arvind RP said, “McDonald’s is one of the world’s most iconic brands that has always been at the cutting edge of food, service and technology. I look forward to working closely with the team to create new benchmarks for the industry.”

With over 18 years of experience in Marketing and Sales, Arvind has worked across geographies and categories including Retail (Levi Strauss), Consumer goods (Britannia) and Automobiles (TVS Motor Company). His stint at TVS Motors also included an assignment for the South East Asian market based out of Jakarta, Indonesia.

Arvind holds a Bachelor's Degree in Statistics and has completed his MBA from Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy and has completed various executive education programs from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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L to R Ajay Kumar Reddy Captain of Indian Mens Blind Cricket Team Keshav Biyani Head Home and Personal Care Future Consumer Limited and Ashni Biyani Managing Director Future Consumer LimitedFuture Consumer Limited (FCL) launches braille-friendly packaging for its body wash brand, ThinkSkin with Ajay Kumar Reddy, Captain of Indian Men’s Blind Cricket Team on World Braille Day. Priced at the rate of a soap, ThinkSkin is a contemporary body wash brand that aims to upgrade customers from using soap to body wash. The launch of braille packaging is in line with the company’s vision of representing FMCG 2.0 industry and empowering the consumer experience.

The packaging is carefully designed for easy access and recognition of the bottle by the visually impaired. The new range was unveiled through a special campaign featuring Ajay Kumar Reddy, Captain of Indian Men’s Blind Cricket Team highlighting the importance of the sense of touch.

Speaking about the packaging, Ashni Biyani, Managing Director, Future Consumer Limited, says, “As a FMCG 2.0 company, we offer innovative products that make life easier for our consumers. Braille packaging is a small step towards assisting the visual impaired in their daily routine. We will soon introduce never seen before innovation in product and packaging that will take consumer experience to the next level.”

Sharing his views, Keshav Biyani, Head – Home and Personal Care, Future Consumer Limited says, “Advancements in technology give us an opportunity to experiment not only with the core product but also with the packaging. Braille friendly products is just the tip of the iceberg. In the months to come, consumers will experience products that will have a unique differentiation from what is currently available in the market.”

Staying in line with its inclusive approach, FCL will soon be launching more braille friendly products in various other categories like spices, sauces and multiple home care products. Crafted for the visually impaired, Braille Packaged body washes will be available at Big Bazaar, Big Bazaar GenNXT, Nilgiris, Heritage and Easyday stores in the country.

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Leading department store chain V-Mart opened its 200th store in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh. With this landmark achievement, the company has opened a total of 29 new stores in the current fiscal year so far. Earlier this month, the company launched its 198th and 199th store, both also in UP, at Kannauj and Naubasta near Kanpur, respectively.

Marking the significance of this milestone for the company, Lalit Agarwal, CMD of V-Mart said, “We remain focused on strong execution, riding on the back of our proven cluster-based expansion model. The 200th store is a key milestone for V-Mart, more so, because we have added the last 100 stores in three years, while we took twelve years for the first 100. This demonstrates accelerated customer demand and V-Mart’s ability to translate that into all-round value creation.”

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