Former Holland’s Pies and Peter’s Food Service boss Neil Court-Johnston is bringing Indian street food to supermarkets.
Court-Johnston has teamed up with an Indian food catering business to create Mumbai Street Food, which makes its retail debut in Booths stores next month.
Mumbai Street Food comprises 12 products “entirely new to the UK.” There are three ranges: Mumbai Mains such as methi curry; Mumbai Sides such as popcorn pakora; and Mumbai Quicks such as kati rolls - a filled flatbread.
Court-Johnston - most recently MD of Poole’s Pies - this week said he had been inspired to launch Mumbai Street Food after holidaying in India. He has developed the range with his friend Raj Somaiya, owner of leading Indian wedding caterer Payal.
“I told him I wanted to commercialise some of the vibrant, delicious and fresh products I had tasted,” said Court-Johnston.
The products are manufactured at Payal kitchens in cities including Manchester, although the business is already looking for larger production premises. Mumbai Street Food has launched foodservice operations in locations such as Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and is also targeting shopping centres.
It rolls out to eight Booths stores on 14 October with a hot counter range priced from £2 for side dishes up to £4 for mains. Court-Johnston said he was also looking at the possibility of launching chilled products. “We are experimenting in a variety of trade channels.”