Aug 16, 2018
Chennai-based, Samrat Reddy, Founder and Managing Director of Drunken Monkey, though not a passionate tea or coffee drinker, took smoothies to his liking.
“I wanted to do to smoothies what Starbucks did to coffee. The new generation, the millennials want to be catered to and are more willing than ever to experiment with new brands. People want a space to create meaningful social connections without restricting themselves to the regular coffee and chai outlets. Smoothies are the new social lubricant in town,” says Reddy.
“Our operating model is mostly FOFO – franchise owned and franchise operated. The training, supply or raw materials and back-end support are taken care of by the brand; the front-end operations are taken care of by the franchise. However, there is a small percentage of outlets which are COCO – company owned and company operated,” he adds.
“We operate out of a cafe sit in the model (600 to 1,300 sq.ft) or a kiosk take-away model (100 to 200 sq.ft). These are located on the high-streets of the city and in malls,” says Reddy.
Drunken Monkey offers more than 170 types of smoothies made from locally sourced, natural ingredients, ranging from indulgence to detox, and more. The brand uses pure natural fresh fruit, no artificial flavours, no added sugar, preservatives or concentrates.
It ensures that the customer is thoroughly spoilt with choices to make. There is always something with Drunken Monkey for every palette and every mood — from all natural fresh fruit shakes to extravagantly indulgent smoothies, from detox smoothies to protein smoothies, even a range of smoothies to cure hangovers!
According to Reddy, “The Fresh Fruit smoothies and shakes are 100 percent natural, without any artificial flavors, preservatives or even ice. The functional range includes Meal Smoothies – wholesome, satisfying blends that keep you going all day, Protein Smoothies – blends of protein and fresh ingredients for a quick pick-me-up, and Hydrator Smoothies that are just perfect for summertime.”
The brand is untouched by the competition and believes that they do not have any direct competition in this sector.
“There are a few smoothie players, but they are restricted to limited regions. While, in India, we do not have any competition, internationally we have big players in the market such as Jamba Juice, Booster Juice. However, the product range built by our R&D team is way ahead of any competition and it would take a lot of effort and time for any player to match it. Apart from that the market for smoothies is a hugely untapped market and the potential for growth is so immense that Drunken Monkey has a great first mover’s advantage by being the pioneers in the smoothie industry in India,” says Reddy.
The marketing strategy of Drunken Monkey is aimed at doing to smoothies what Starbucks did to coffee. Four decades ago when coffee was not a culture, Starbucks made it what it is now. Consumers look out for more space to create meaningful social connections without restricting themselves to the regular coffee and tea outlets. Smoothies are very attractive and new social lubricant in town.
“Our vision is to inspire people to feel beautiful, young and full of energy by living naturally high! When people discover and pursue their natural highs, they are more positively engaged, their stress levels are lower and they are able to actively help make communities better!” reveals Reddy.
Elaborating on the expansion future plans, Reddy says, “Drunken Monkey is eyeing rapid expansion over the coming years. It is looking to expand to 150 smoothie bars in 2019; by 2021, spread across 5 countries with over 500 smoothie bars and by 2025 – 10,000 smoothie bars. Apart from expansion, we plan to reach out to people in different ways through different distribution models. For example – we can get into supermarkets or places where people can pick up smoothies by themselves. So, eventually, we will release a few smoothies with better shelf life, where they can be kept fresh for more time. Apart from this, with fresh fruits, we can do more (apart from smoothies). So, there are more products we can give out in our outlets – expanding our portfolio without leaving our base which is fresh fruits.”
Keeping an eye on Rs. 115 crore as revenue in this fiscal year, the company is planning to spend Rs. 50 crore to aid the expansion plans.
“We are totally self-funded; our initial capital was also self-funded. We will be looking for one round of funding after we reach 200 outlets in India, this funding will help us reach the 500 mark in quick time. Post which we will have another round of funding when we go for abroad expansion and look at expanding our product category and reach,” concludes Reddy.
Drunken Monkey currently has 60 outlets in 16 Indian cities like Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Indore, Kolkata, Kakinada, Pune, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Guntur, Jalandhar, Surat, Thane, and Vellore.