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Pizza Hut Named Most Trusted Food Service Brand in India by the Economic Times for the Sixth Year

The Economic Times' (India) Brand Equity Most Trusted Brands 2010 annual survey has named Pizza Hut the "Most Trusted Food Service Brand' in India for the sixth year, ahead of all other Indian and global food service brands. Pizza Hut is also the only restaurant company to place in the Top 20 Service Brands list. KFC India was recognized for the first time by the survey with a spot in the top five of trusted food service brands. Pizza Hut and KFC India are part of Yum! Restaurants International (YRI), a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system units.

DLF may outsource mgmt of luxury resorts to Hilton

NEW DELHI: DLF, India's largest real estate firm, is in advanced talks with Hilton Hotels and Resorts to outsource management of its super luxury vacation homes that will include villas as well as apartments in an upcoming project in Kasauli. This is one of the few such deals where a hotel chain will manage the whole project as typically in vacation homes villas are sold outright even as hospitality firms manage apartments.

London Marriott and Moran Hotels appointments

The London Marriott Grosvenor Square has appointed three new executive staff, including a new general manager.John Hazard, previously general manager at Bristol Royal Marriott, joins the Mayfair hotel with further experience gleaned from Comfort Inn, Choice Hotels and Premier Lodge.He is also joined by Georgina Evagora, director of sales and marketing, and Moira Azzopardi, the new director of revenue strategy.Hazard said: "I hope that the hotel will benefit from my previous experience and I look forward to working alongside both Georgina and Moira during my time here."Moran HotelsMeanwhile, the 120-bedroom Chiswick Moran Hotel has appointed Josh Cameron, a Moran Hotels staple, as its new general manager.Having worked with Moran Hotels for nine years, most recently as front office manager at Crown Moran Hotel, Cameron will now oversee the day-to-day operation of the Chiswick property.He replaces Ben Lawrence, who moves to Bewley's Hotel in Leeds, a sister property to Mora…

Hotel Chains Try Training With Improv and iPods

Before two luxury hotels, the Andaz 5th Avenue in Manhattan and the Elysian Hotel in Chicago, opened their doors in recent months, both added something extra to their usual employee training practices: they hired improvisational comedy experts. The Benjamin, an upscale business travel hotel also in New York, took a similar tack to help its staff better serve guests, offering them a series of life-coaching sessions this summer. Other hotel brands — including Hilton Garden Inn, Aloft, Homewood Suites and SpringHill Suites — are using devices like iPods and the Sony PlayStation Portable to help with staff training. The courses, which are offered in addition to more traditional classroom and online training, are part of an effort by hotels to distinguish their brand, said Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University. "There are 228 hotel brands in the United States, and the two ways to be …

Four Points by Sheraton launches "Feel Good Treats"

Four Points by Sheraton hotels in Asia Pacific recently announced the introduction of "Feel Good Treats", a program created to pamper guests staying at Four Points by Sheraton hotels, with the ultimate comfort food. These 'feel good treats' are country specific comfort foods that as per their name make guests 'feel good'. Available in participating hotels in Asia Pacific, the Feel Good Treat program is offered in restaurants and public areas as complimentary treats.   "Four Points by Sheraton is all about life's simple pleasures, uncomplicated comfort and the small things that make people smile when they are on leisure or business travel.  When we set out to create this program, our goal was to curate a unique selection of items that truly bring to life the brand's personality and core values," Paula Fong, Senior Manager for Brand Management for Aloft and Four Points by Sheraton hotels.  "The newly introduced Feel Good Treats program re…

Quality logo for Indian seafood launched

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has launched its export quality logo with the objective of obtaining greater credibility and confidence for Indian seafood products in international markets. It has been registered with the Trademark / Copyright and Registration in India as well as in the three major markets of the US, the EU and Japan. In terms of quality, the logo-affixed products are expected to have uniform superior quality and also abide by higher standards in organoleptic and bacteriological standards. The affixing of the quality logo would enhance the appeal of the product among the buyers.

The introduction of the new logo was expected to improve and extend the market for Indian seafood products, said Anwar Hashim, president of the Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI).

The backing by a government authority would facilitate the small and medium players to better establish themselves in the global markets. Nila Seafoods of Tuticorin has become the fi…

Chocolate pills and fast food scented candles – the trends hitting the global market

Chocolate pills and fast food scented candles are among the world's newest consumer goods identified by Product Launch Analytics. The new products have helped predict trends which consumers could start to see on the high street in the coming months.

Cesar Pereira, Research Manager at Product Launch Analytics, said "The new innovations hitting the global market both in terms of packaging and formulation give consumers in the Middle East a glimpse of what's to come. Looking at this month's launches, the trend for functional products which satisfy more than one need is leading the way. Shoppers in our region should watch out for more of these sorts of products."

Spanish manufacturer Pancracio has launched "Chocolate Pill,", a product which claims to extend life expectancy and enhance energy levels. The name Uno Al Dia, which means one a day, gives it a quasi-pharmaceutical feel. Pancracio claims that the product not only provides protection from free radic…

California Pizza Kitchen forays into Indian market

California Pizza Kitchen Inc. (CPK), home to the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts, has announced the opening of its first restaurant in India.

This is opened by the newly launched franchise partnership company called JSM GGC Restaurants Pvt. Ltd, a joint-venture between Mumbai-based JSM Corporation and Dubai-based Gourmet Gulf Company. The restaurant is located in the upscale Bandra Kurla commercial district of Mumbai.

BKC is a growing commercial hub which hosts a variety of corporations and points of interest such as the American Embassy, NSE, Citibank and two of India's top schools: The American School and the Dhirubhai Ambani School.

The new CPK restaurant is located on the ground floor of Maker Maxity, a commercial complex, which hosts numerous corporations including several multinational companies.

Further, the JV also aims to open 15 California Pizza Kitchen rest…

Danone whips up yogurts for India

Danone, world's leading fresh dairy company, has arrived in India with its range of fortified plain and flavoured yogurts "Danone Dahi."

As a part of the phased launch programme in India, Danone yogurts have been initially made available across super marts and grocery stores in Mumbai and Pune.

Danone Dahi is priced at Rs 27 for 400 gm and Rs 14 for 150 gm. Danone flavoured yogurts (strawberry, mango and vanilla) are attractively priced at Rs 10 each for 100 gm pack size. Danone fortified yogurts have a shelf life of 15 days.

Danone fortified yogurts pack a powerful nutritious punch, providing a good source of iron, iodine, zinc and Vitamin A in every cup. Danone as a brand strives to provide wholesome and delicious foods that promote a healthy lifestyle and is best explained by its tagline "Dahi that keeps you smiling."

Global f&b players launching healthier products

Global food and beverage companies have developed and introduced to the marketplace more than 20,000 healthier product choices from 2002 to 2009, doubling in the last three years, according to the Washington-based Grocery Manufacturers Association's (GMA) 2010 Health & Wellness survey.

"This data is a reflection of what consumers already know," said Pamela Bailey, GMA president and CEO. "Food and beverage companies are responding to consumer needs by providing thousands of healthier product choices that make it easier for shoppers to build a healthy diet for them and their families."

The 2010 GMA Health & Wellness survey data were collected and analysed by Georgetown Economic Services. Fifty-seven companies, representing approximately half of the US food and beverage sales, have shared data for the survey since 2002.

Through the survey, food and beverage companies revealed they collectively have:
● Eliminated or reduced trans fat in more than 10,000 produ…

Fssai sends final draft regulations to Govt

India is in the final stages of implementing its Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006. Under the FSSA 2006, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Fssai) was established with the mandate to establish science-based standards for articles of food, regulate the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food and to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

The Authority has announced second meeting of its Central Advisory Committee (CAC) on October 22, 2010. "The second meeting of the Central Advisory Committee is scheduled to be held on October 22, 2010 at 10.30 am under the chairmanship of VN Gaur, Chief Executive Officer," Fssai said in its invitation.

"The venue and agenda of the meeting will be intimated shortly. However, in this regard you are requested to suggest some relevant subjects or matter to be included in the agenda of the meeting," it added.

The invitation has been sent to over 50 food & beverag…

Singapore’s culinary discovery in India

Celebrated as Asia's Food Capital, Singapore has taken a step towards tempting global palates with an exotic Indian twist, through a Culinary Exchange programme organised by the Singapore Tourism Board in partnership with leading hotel chains including the ITC-Welcomgroup, the Gateway Hotel and Oriental Cuisines in Delhi and Chennai.

Intended to begin a dialogue with the local food industry, this unique culinary exchange programme encouraged executive chefs from Singapore's Capella, Fullerton and Sentosa Resort & Spa hotels to a week-long immersion into the culturally rich, diverse, authentic and exotic culinary landscape of India.

Under the expert guidance of India's finest chefs from celebrated hotels like the ITC- Welcomgroup, the Gateway Hotel and Oriental Cuisines, chefs Goh Yek Wei (Capella Singapore), Michael Leibl & Ancella Loo (The Sentosa Resort & Spa) and Richard Ng (The Fullerton Singapore) got the opportunity to learn about the rich royal heritage of…

Taj West End ranks 1st in India and 2nd among the Top Business Hotels in World

The Taj West End, Bangalore has been adjudged 2nd amongst the top overseas business hotels in World in the prestigious "Conde Nast Readers Travel awards 2010". The hotel topped on various parameters including service, value for money, comfort and luxury offered to the guests. The Taj West End scored an impressive 93.22 points out of 100, just marginally behind The Peninsula Hong Kong who scored a 93.79Bengaluru, Karnataka, September 7, 2010 /India PRwire/ -- The Taj West End, Bangalore has been adjudged 2nd amongst the top overseas business hotels in World in the prestigious "Conde Nast Readers Travel awards 2010". The hotel topped on various parameters including service, value for money, comfort and luxury offered to the guests. The Taj West End scored an impressive 93.22 points out of 100, just marginally behind The Peninsula Hong Kong who scored a 93.79. Conde Nast Traveller UK, specializes in luxury travel and reviews of hotels, products, and services aiming a…

Berggruen plans new India hotel

Berggruen Hotels is continuing its expansion into India with new hotel plans.By Southall Travel -Tuesday, September 07, 2010 07:17 AM Berggruen Hotels is continuing its expansion into India with new hotel plans.

Under the company's Keys branding, it is expected the Mumbai hotel will be ideal for the mid-market and could appeal to holidaymakers enjoying cheap flights to India.

Keys Hotels is set to work with Nestor Hotels in transforming an existing property in to a new 140 room resort in Marol, Andheri East. The new establishment will benefit from being located close to both international and domestic airports, as well as the key industrial cities of MIDC and Sakinaka.

Sanjay Sethi, managing director and chief executive officer of Berggruen Hotels, said: "We are delighted in having signed this management contract with Nestor Hotels and look forward to partnering them through this venture."

He added the upgrade project is expected to take around six months and will help to e…

Kamlesh Barot, Director, Barot Hotels elected as President of HRAWI

Kamlesh Barot, Director, Barot Hotels Pvt Ltd has been elected as President, Hotel & Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI) at the Annual General Meeting, which was held at West End Hotel, Mumbai for 2010-2011. Currently, Dr A B Kerkar is President of Honour, Dinesh Advani is Senior Vice President, Sudheer Bahl is Vice President, Gogi Kohli is Secretary, Bharat Malkani is Joint Secretary and Dilip Datwani is Treasurer of HRAWI. Barot has worked in the capacity of an executive committee member of the association for 14 years.

Barot urged the association to help him with their desired expectation from HRAWI. He added, "During my tenure as President, I and my team would sketch up a task list for us to accomplish, from your suggestions."

Barot also announced that the Regional Convention in July 2011 will be held in Lavasa, Maharashtra. Also, for the first time a new committee 'Inclusive and Environment' has been formed. Barot has invited suggestions regarding the…

Dedicated doorman at Hyatt Regency Tampa has never missed day of work

If you've been to the Hyatt Regency Tampa in the past 25 years, you've probably met Antonio de Sousa of St. Petersburg. That's how long he has been the welcome committee, traffic maestro and human GPS at the 520-room hotel. "I am just a doorman,'' de Sousa says, with characteristic humility.Tired tourists, cranky conventioneers, jittery brides — all get the star treatment, same as the celebrities he has greeted, ranging from Carol Channing to Mr. T."My standard is the Drake, the five-star hotel where I trained to be a professional bellman," he said, referencing the venerable 1920 landmark on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, his only previous hotel employment. Born in Portugal and raised in France, de Sousa exudes Old World charm. In his mind, the Hyatt is a castle and its guests are royalty."I treat them like kings, like they are my personal guests," he says.General manager Derrick Morrow calls de Sousa the mayor of Tampa Street.CEOs shake hi…

Hotel workers strike hits Hyatt Regency O'Hare Unite Here labor union coordinates one-day walkouts in 4 cities

Hotel workers organized by the national Unite Here labor union wished Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp. a happy Labor Day by walking off their jobs in four North American cities Thursday and Friday.
The coordinated one-day strikes, which included a Friday walkout at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, were orchestrated by Unite Here to protest cuts in health care benefits and raises despite improving results in the hotel industry, organizers said.

Hilton Worldwide Names Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific Read more:

Hilton Worldwide today announced the appointment of Celina Low, who joins the company as Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific. In her new role, Low will lead efforts to promote Hilton Worldwide as it continues to expand in the Asia Pacific region and distinguish itself as the preeminent global hospitality company.