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NRAI launches its Pune Chapter to strengthen and unite the Restaurant Fraternity in Western Region

Friday, May 13, 2022, 16:33 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | Hyderabad

The Pune Chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) the Voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry, was formally unveiled by Mr Praful Chandawarkar, Pune Chapter Head & Managing Director, Chiranjeev Restaurants and Foods Pvt Ltd and Mr Kevin Tellis, Pune Co-Chapter Head &  Head of Operations, pH4 Food and Beverages Private Limited today at Malaka Spice; in the presence of SP Rajesh Bansode; Chapter Heads of NRAI Mumbai Chapter – Ms Rachel Goenka & Mr Pranav M Rungta; Prakul Kumar, Secretary General, NRAI. The National Restaurant Association of India, founded four decades ago in 1982, represents the interests of 5,00,000+ Restaurants, QSRs, Bars, Cloud Kitchens and Catering, Industry Associates an industry valued at over INR 4,23,865 Crores.


On this occasion, Praful Chandawarkar said “NRAI has been at the forefront and leading the Indian Restaurant Industry to greater profitable growth, besides representing interests of members through advocacy, training, research and industry events. The Association, at the National level, has been relentlessly advocating changes in the laws governing the Indian Restaurant Industry at Local, State and Centre levels; providing opportunities to educate members and is playing a key role in promoting skilling and career opportunities for industry professionals through the Hospitality Sector Skill Council.


The NRAI Pune Chapter aims to place Pune firmly on the national map and shall focus on positively building the Food Service Industry. As per NRAI India Food Services Report 2019, the Organized Market Share of Restaurants in Pune is INR 7,237 crores with Standalone Restaurants market share as INR 5,583 crores and Chain Restaurants at INR 1,654 crores.


As an Association we hope to be the voice and focal point to coordinate groundwork and actions pertaining to Government issues, regulations and representations, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience, and passing of information related to various essential compliances/requirements by conducting seminars and knowledge sessions with the industry experts.


One of the areas, NRAI Pune Chapter intends to give strong impetus is attracting investments into the F&B sector, commensurate to Pune’s growing stature and encourage national and international brands to actively foray into this rapidly expanding city with global prominence. The Chapter will simultaneously give fillip to locally developed brands to go national and global. “


Locally, the Chapter apart from helping raise service standards through training workshops, will work towards building a strong platform for right vendor management and develop social impact initiatives to ensure the industry grows with its heart in the right place, says Kevin Tellis, Co-Chapter Head, NRAI Pune Chapter. 


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