Pilot Scheme: Nestle To Vend Ready-To-Eat Meals For Train Passengers


Pilot Scheme: Nestle To Vend Ready-To-Eat Meals For Train Passengers

Railway passengers will soon be offered ready-to-eat meals by the likes of Nestle. The move follows the transporter’s decision to introduce pre-packaged food, instead of freshly cooked food, for passengers on board its trains after several complaints on the quality of food being provided.“We are starting a pilot with Nestle (to serve ready-to-eat food) and have identified a couple of trains. These are not Rajdhanis or Shatabdis,” said a ministry of railway official. Under the plan, Nestle will be vending pre-packed food to passengers instead of the current practice of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation-authorised vendors offering freshly cooked food. The railways plans to regulate the maximum retail price (MRP) of the items offered and Nestle is expected to introduce new packs meant only for railways. “Since the volume will be high, we will negotiate prices,” added the official. The idea of offering pre-packaged meals with MRP was seeded after current railway minister Piyush Goyal took over and under the plan, apart from Nestle, e-caterers such as Haldiram and Dominos were to be approached. Read More…

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