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January 07, 2008

Wanna grab a Cane-O-La?

Business Today has an article on a Bangalore-based entrepreneur who is creating a sugar cane juice brand and a chain of parlours that will serve them.
Cane juice is emerging as an alternative to colas in India’s Silicon Valley. Cane-O-La, the country’s first branded sugarcane juice, was launched recently and has met with an encouraging response.

“We want to wean people away from artificial beverages to natural drinks such as sugarcane,” says Gopadi Srinivasa Rao, Chairman, Cane-O-La. Spurred by the huge success of the two parlours he has already opened, he has plans to unveil 100 outlets in Bangalore over the next two years. Two more are ready for launch.

...Each juice outlet requires at least 20 people, and can help those at the bottom of the pyramid. Indians have always loved cane juice, but earlier, it was available only with roadside vendors, with dubious hygiene standards. Cane-O-La’s mechanised process addresses that issue.


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