Natural Ice Cream

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Natural Ice Cream
Natural IceCream Logo.png
The Natural Ice Cream logo
Product typeIce cream
OwnerKamaths Ourtimes Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd.
Produced byKamaths Ourtimes Ice Creams
CountryIndia
Introduced1984
MarketsIndia
Tagline"Taste the Original"
Websitenaturalicecreams.in

Natural Ice Cream is an ice cream brand owned by Mangalore-based Kamaths Ourtimes Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd.[1] It was founded by Raghunandan S Kamath who opened its first store at Juhu, Vile Parle (Mumbai) in 1984.[2][3][4] The company manufactures under Kamaths Ourtimes and retail operations under its subsidiary company Kamaths Natural Retail Pvt. Ltd. Kamaths Ourtimes is an ISO 22000:2005 certified company.[5] The 2017 rebranding effort, which established the ‘Taste the Original’ tagline, was aimed at setting it apart from me-too brands popping up.[1]

Market[edit]

The chain currently has 135 stores across India, with 8 stores under direct control and the rest as franchised locations. The stores are present in key cities of Maharashtra, West Bengal,[6] Karnataka,[7] Goa,[7] Telangana,[8] Kerala,[9] Gujarat,[10] Madhya Pradesh,[11] Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan[7] and Delhi NCR Region.[12] In the fiscal year 2014–2015, with a total retail area of 60,000 sq. ft, the chain's annual retail turnover crossed Rs. 115 crores.[13]

Production and trade[edit]

The brand's only production facility is situated in Charkop, a suburb of Kandivali in Mumbai, India.[3] The company supplies to its own stores everyday, which is unique in the Indian ice cream industry.[6] The company spends less than 1% of its sales revenues on advertising, relying instead upon brand recognition and word of mouth to attain revenues.[7]

Products[edit]

Starting with around 10 flavours, today Natural Ice Cream has 125 flavour options, of which 20 are offered throughout the year. The set of flavours change according to seasons. Some of the seasonal flavors include litchi, fig, jackfruit, Muskmelon and watermelon.[14] A custard apple flavor is also purveyed by the brand.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2006, the brand received Corporation Bank's National SME's Excellence Award in the Food and Agro Industry.[15] In February 2009, a Natural Ice Cream store located in the Juhu Ville Parle Development scheme placed in the Limca Book of Records for the largest ice cream slab, which weighed 3,000 kilograms.[16] The brand was awarded as Best in Customer Service - Regional Retailer Of the Year in 2013.[17][18] In 2014 the brand received the gold medal for most innovative ice cream flavour (cucumber) in the Great Indian Ice Cream Contest.[19] In 2016, Natural Ice Cream was awarded for home grown concept in food service by Coca-Cola Golden Spoon Awards[20] and also received IMAGES Most Admired Food Service Chain of the Year in the Ice-cream & Dessert Parlours category.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai: Natural Ice Cream Eyes UAE, Southeast Asia Entry". Daijiworld Media. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ "How Raghunandan Kamath made Natural Ice Cream a 50 crore business". The Economic Times. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Natural Ice Cream enters Delhi, to go national". Business Standard. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  4. ^ Aziz, Nuzhat (16 July 2008). "Today: Passion fruit". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Natural Ice Creams". Naturalicecreams.in. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b "The story behind Natural Ice Cream's success". Business Today. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "Ice-cream company Natural to open its first store in Delhi by Diwali". The Economic Times. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Natural Ice Cream, Hyderabad". Zomato. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Natural, Kochi". Zomato. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Natural Ice Cream". Zomato. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Natural's". Zomato. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Natural ice cream eyes 100 outlets, opens first store in Delhi". News18. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  13. ^ Suneera Tandon. "Natural to invest Rs50-75 crores to add 100 ice-cream parlours". Mint. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  14. ^ a b Nair, Roshni (1 February 2015). "(Ice) cream of the crop". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  15. ^ "National SMEs Excellence Awards". Naturalicecreams.in.
  16. ^ "Natural Ice Cream Enters Limca Book of Records". Daijiworld Media. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Retailer Customer Service Awards 2013". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Recognising the best in Customer Service". Indian Retailer. June 2013.
  19. ^ "Here's the scoop on some exciting new ice-cream flavours". Mid Day. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  20. ^ Indiaretailing Bureau (25 February 2016). "Coca Cola Golden Spoon Awards 2016". Indiaretailing.com. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Awards". India Food Forum. Retrieved 11 May 2016.

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