The food and beverage industry, as well as the general public, are not unfamiliar with the idea of takeout or home delivery; in fact, it has been around for many years. In India, the phrase "delivery only, without dining in," which has now been popularised as "Cloud Kitchen," has long been used.
By introducing similarities of a restaurant dining experience at home, cloud kitchens are making ground-breaking advances in this field. They serve everything from basic home-cooked food to specialty and upscale feasts. Industry insiders predict that the Indian meal delivery business will double in size to $13 billion by 2025 and that cloud kitchens would grow from 2019 a $400 million to $2 billion industry by that time.
A modest amount of the restaurant's revenue, which has since increased, came from its home delivery service. Although the pandemic served as a catalyst for a significant shift in the Indian food and beverage industry from dine-in to delivery, numerous other factors also contributed to its explosive growth in India. These included rising internet penetration, business technology integration, the emergence of mobile apps for food delivery, and online food aggregators.
Given increased disposable income among the younger population, a change in food and lifestyle habits, more convenient and secure payment methods, and a stressful work-life balance that discourages home cooking, the cloud kitchen business in India is predicted to flourish over the next five years.
The ordering and consumption of food have undergone significant modifications as a result of technology development and integration. Using online meal ordering apps, cloud kitchens are currently revolutionising the food industry. The food and beverage (F&B) business has welcomed cutting-edge robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) interface technology for lowering the cost of prepared/delivered food and raising service standards.
Due to its digital nature, Cloud Cooking is integrating cutting-edge innovations, such as the adoption of the Kitchen Display System (KDS), which will increase productivity in the high-octane kitchen environment. The KDS has correct information on the customer's meal order, enabling the staff to create a cuisine that meets their wants and preferences.
Many cloud kitchens have risen to prominence as businesses that care about the environment in the current competition to provide distinctive services and keep their separate identities. Many cloud kitchens have embraced a genuine and ecological approach that permeates everything from their cooking methods to the food packing materials. The actual pottery, steel cutlery, re-usable glass jars, paper bags, and cardboard boxes used to deliver the meals urge consumers to reduce waste and pollution. These initiatives not only assist in maintaining the flavour and nutritional value of the food but also encourage customers to live a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Cloud kitchens have recently changed consumer food consumption trends and the F&B industry with their cutting-edge technologies and operationally viable business models. Automated deliveries, sophisticated machine learning algorithms, and a qualified workforce will be crucial in determining how India's food service sector develops in the future.