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An exclusive interview with Mr. Shivam Bhagat, Director of Bhagat Halwai,

by Food Drinks Innovation

In an exclusive conversation Mr. Shivam Bhagat, Director of Bhagat Halwai, he explains about their product portfolio, distinctive features, the trajectory of Bhagat Halwai’s journey thus far, their Unique Selling Proposition (USP), and their meticulous approach to ensuring that their products consistently satisfy customers’ expectations in terms of both taste and quality.

Could you please provide an overview of your product range and specialities?

In 1795, we started with a limited menu of two sweets and one snack—poori and aloo ki sabzi. Over two centuries, our product range has expanded to over 150 varieties, including 70 types of sweets priced from ₹540 to ₹21,000 per kg. We offer diverse options such as chaat, breakfast, and Chinese, South Indian, and North Indian cuisines, catering to various cravings. Also, we specialise in cakes and pastries. Besides, our Namkeen segment features over 45 savory snacks, providing a wide array of choices.

Can you share the journey of Bhagat Halwai so far? How did it all begin? What are some significant milestones or achievements you have accomplished along the way?

Bhagat Halwai’s journey, initiated in 1795 by the visionary Lekh Raj Bhagat, has been a remarkable odyssey steeped in tradition and culinary excellence. Established along the picturesque banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, this culinary haven started as a modest venture with a grand vision.

Lekh Raj Bhagat, affectionately known as Bhagat Halwai, sought to encapsulate the opulent culinary heritage of the Mughal era and share it with both locals and tourists. The historical echoes of imperial influence in Agra provided a fitting backdrop for Bhagat Halwai to emerge as a symbol of traditional Indian cuisine, embodying the city’s historical allure and its delightful heritage.

What set Bhagat Halwai apart from the beginning were not only its delightful offerings but also its distinctive cooking methods. The use of wood and cow dung instead of charcoal was a unique touch believed to enhance the flavour of their creations.

Bhagat Halwai’s founder, Lekh Raj, earned the moniker “Bhagat Halwai” due to his unwavering commitment to hygiene and his dedication to the art of sweet-making. In an era when the trading industry flourished in India, he set and maintained high standards of cleanliness and purity. This commitment laid the foundation for Bhagat Halwai’s enduring legacy as one of the oldest and most cherished sweet shops in Agra.

Throughout its journey, Bhagat Halwai has achieved significant milestones by preserving and showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Agra. Its commitment to quality, unique cooking methods, and adherence to traditional practices made it a beloved institution, attracting patrons from far and wide. Today, Bhagat Halwai stands as a testament to the time-honoured traditions of Indian sweets and remains an integral part of Agra’s cultural and culinary landscape.

What sets your products apart from others in the market? What is your unique selling proposition (USP)?

Bhagat Halwai distinguishes itself in the market through a unique blend of deep-rooted heritage, employing traditional cooking methods, and an unyielding dedication to quality and hygiene. More than just a sweet shop, Bhagat Halwai serves as a guardian of Agra’s rich historical charm and the essence of its delightful culinary heritage. What sets us apart is our commitment to customization and personalization, ensuring a customer-centric approach that caters to individual preferences. The use of premium quality ingredients, coupled with innovative flavours and varieties, further reinforces our position as a provider of distinct and high-quality confections. This combination of tradition, quality, and customer-centricity forms our unmistakable Unique Selling Proposition (USP) in the market.

How does Bhagat Halwai ensure food safety and comply with regulations in your production process? Do you adhere to any specific quality standards or certifications in ensuring food safety?

Bhagat Halwai prioritizes food safety and regulatory compliance in its production process through stringent measures and adherence to specific quality standards. The company implements a comprehensive food safety management system that includes regular audits, hygiene training for staff, and robust quality control protocols. To ensure compliance with regulations, Bhagat Halwai follows guidelines set by relevant food safety authorities and government bodies.

How do you ensure that your products meet the expectations of your customers in terms of taste and quality?

At Bhagat Halwai, guaranteeing the satisfaction of our customers in terms of taste and quality is a meticulous process rooted in our commitment to authenticity. We start by sourcing the finest ingredients from trusted vendors, ensuring they meet our stringent standards. Our skilled chefs employ age-old recipes and methods, preserving the traditional essence of our sweets and savouries. Throughout the production process at our state-of-the-art facility, we enforce strict quality control measures, prioritizing cleanliness and hygiene. Regular taste tests and quality checks are integral to our operations, reaffirming that every product with the Bhagat Halwai name upholds the highest standards of taste, freshness, and authenticity. Our motivation stems from the contentment and faith our valued clients place in our offerings, inspiring us to consistently deliver the most delicious and genuine treats.

How does Bhagat Halwai differentiate itself from competitors and maintain its market position?

Bhagat Halwai distinguishes itself from competitors through its commitment to quality, innovative flavors, and a strong emphasis on customer satisfaction. By consistently delivering unique and authentic sweets, the brand has built a loyal customer base. Additionally, strategic pricing and effective marketing strategies contribute to maintaining its market position, ensuring a competitive edge in the ever-evolving confectionery industry.

Could you elaborate on your sales and distribution network? Do you primarily operate through retail outlets, online platforms, or both?

Our sales and distribution network is diverse, encompassing our retail stores, online partnerships with platforms like Zomato and Swiggy, and our website. Currently, we’re expanding further to include major e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Reliance Mart to enhance our product availability.

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