The Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), in collaboration with the Department of Industries, will convene a stakeholder consultation on April 26 at the Delhi Secretariat to solicit inputs from representatives of various cloud kitchen operators for the delhi cloud kitchen policy development.
The proposal to boost cloud kitchens was part of the Delhi government’s recently announced Rozgar Budget 2022-23 plan to create 20 lakh jobs in 5 years in Delhi.
To ensure that the upcoming policy has the potential to drive positive outcomes for all stakeholders, DDC Delhi has invited all major cloud kitchen operators and food delivery aggregators to the policy consultation which will be chaired by Jasmine Shah, Vice President, SDC Delhi.
The consultancy will seek to understand the various pressing challenges faced by cloud kitchen operators in Delhi and explore the potential and viability of setting up cloud kitchen clusters across Delhi.
During the Delhi budget session for 2022-2023, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia unveiled Delhi government’s plans to frame a cloud kitchen policy for Delhi in a bid to facilitate the expansion of the industry food and beverage (F&B) in the capital.
The government’s policy think tank, DDC Delhi, in conjunction with the Department of Industries, is deliberating on providing land and other incentives for cloud kitchens, easing licensing regulations for such units and setting up place of cloud kitchen clusters with plug-and-play functionality. on different plots of land in Delhi.
Shah said, “This is the first time a state government has recognized cloud kitchens as significant contributors to the food and beverage industry. Cloud kitchens have enormous potential to attract investment, increase the market size of the F&B sector, and generate direct and indirect employment at scale. »
The number of cloud kitchens in Delhi is growing at a rate of over 20% every year. There are more than 20,000 cloud kitchens currently active in the city, providing direct employment to approximately 200,000 and indirect employment to at least 50,000 people.
Cloud kitchens are expected to be a $2 billion industry in India by 2024, up from $400 million in 2019. As cloud kitchens prepare and deliver food to customer’s doorstep by taking orders through food aggregators/online ordering platforms, they can operate at a fraction of traditional restaurant space.
The segment has seen a major boom during the coronavirus pandemic, with many restaurants turning to focus on cloud kitchen setups, which rely on food delivery rather than dine-in.