Introduction of Indian Food Service Industry
The Indian food service industry engages itself in the provision of food and beverages, mainly to the people who are away from their homes for different reasons.
Such people need accommodation with food and beverages if they are away for more than a day and only food and beverages if they are away for a short duration of time.
The basic needs of customers for food and beverages are met by the foodservice industry, which has been associated with lodging ever since people started traveling.
People move out of their houses for various reasons. Like- Job, Education, Business, Leisure, Medical treatment, Sports, Religion, and so on, depending completely on the foodservice industry for their meals.
History of the Indian Food Service Industry
The food service industry in India traces its roots to the traditional community feasts and the movement of people on pilgrimage thousands of years ago.
Most people were on the move primarily for preaching religion and hunting. Their lives were endangered by wild animals and wayside robbers, which forced them to look for a place that assured them safety, accommodation, and food.
“Dharamshala” and “Chatrams” came up to protect the lives of travelers from wild animals and robbers. The travelers were also provided stables and sheds for horses and bullock carts, respectively, free of charge. They were given food and accommodation at no cost during the rule of kings.
The barter system of the transaction was slowly introduced and this system motivated people to travel for trade, mainly of livestock, which later expanded to food grains, clothing, tools, mainly of livestock, which later expanded to food grains, clothing, tools, and other goods.
Mighty regional kings entertained common people and merchants with feasts consisting of a variety of rich dishes, traditional dances, bravery arts, and so on during festivals.
India has been subject to influxes of people throughout its history, some coming with arms to loot and conquer, others moving in to trade, or to settle down. The country was able to absorb the impact of these instructions because it was able to assimilate and tolerate foreign ideas and people.
The outsiders who came to India during the course of its history include the Greeks under Alexander the Great, the Kushanas from central Asia, and finally the British and other Europeans.
It was during the Mughal rule. In South India, people used to buy packed food such as lime rice, tamarind rice, and curd rice from food vendors. In the North, Bhojanalayas served local dishes, especially roti, sabzi, and salad.
The foodservice sectors continually change their style of operation to meet the changing needs of the customers. Today we have top-quality restaurants in India that are comparable with international standards.
Also read: Food and Beverage Industry Overview in India