Swiggy launches marketplace for food packaging
Swiggy has announced a marketplace for food packaging for partner restaurants called ‘Swiggy Packaging Assist’. This e-store stocks a range of custom delivery containers, categorised for dry starters and snacks, gravy items, carry bags, paper and pizza boxes and cutlery. The focus is on providing partner restaurants with sustainable, eco-friendly and food-grade certified material.
The marketplace lists 30 products that serve different functions—leak-proof, sturdy, stackable and heat insulant, for instance. Many of these are made with paper or aluminium that is recyclable. Wooden cutlery is available too. “Packaging material for food delivery is fraught with challenges,” Swiggy said in a statement. “With over 40,000 restaurants on the platform, we want to enable them to have seamless access to quality, eco-friendly material.”
Swiggy launched a pilot phase in Bengaluru two months ago and in Maharashtra in August. So far, 300 partner restaurants have made purchases with the service. “We wanted to be environment-friendly, but the challenge was to source the right quality products at the right price,” says Girish D Kulkarni, owner of Maharaja Wada, Pune, a restaurant that uses the platform. “We have received compliments from customers for our packaging, especially those that are sustainable options to plastic.”
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(This story appears in the 28 September, 2018 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)