Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a ‘Maharatna’ and a Fortune Global 500 Company, has launched its first café outlet – ‘BeCafe’ – Brewing Journeys, at M/s Gurunanak Service Station, Haldwani in Uttarakhand enroute major tourist locations along Nainital, Bhimtal corridor.
The inauguration of the café was done by Rajiv Dutta, Head (Retail) BPCL, Northern Region. The café will be the first of the proposed 20 BeCafé’s that are scheduled to come up in strategic ROs in the Nothern Region along prominent Highway corridors. The company has plans to expand to 50 such outlets in FY23 in order to create density for higher market impact and optimise resources including supply chain.
BeCafé is the company’s “Highway to Non Fuel Business”, thus enabling them to gain entry into the high margin F&B segment. BPCL’s mission statement is to be India’s largest franchised café chain with a customer value proposition of providing ON THE GO F&B convenience.
BPCL aims to sustain and grow their highway business while staying relevant to the highway consumer by building a network which offers a differentiated customer experience around fuel, on the go F&B convenience, hygienic toilet, EV charging, CNG and parking to the rapidly growing motorist segment.
The name of the café “Be” suggests the state of being – the status of oneself. The company wishes to establish “BeCafe” as a young brand which engages the youth to be what they want to be, at the same time aspiring them to go beyond their individuality.
The other upcoming corridors are Ambala – Chandigarh, Ambala – Ludhiana- Pathankot, Chandigarh – Manali, Chandigarh – Dharamshala, Pathankot – Dharamshala, Dharamshala – Manali.
Fortune Global 500 Company, Bharat Petroleum is the second largest Indian Oil Marketing Company and one of the premier integrated energy companies in India, engaged in refining of crude oil and marketing of petroleum products, with a significant presence in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
The company attained the coveted Maharatna status, joining the elite club of companies having greater operational & financial autonomy.
Bharat Petroleum’s Refineries at Mumbai & Kochi and Bina at Madhya Pradesh have a combined refining capacity of around 35.3 MMTPA. Its marketing infrastructure includes a network of installations, depots, energy stations, aviation service stations and LPG distributors. Its distribution network comprises over 20,000 Energy Stations, over 6,200 LPG distributorships, 733 Lubes distributorships, and 123 POL storage locations, 54 LPG Bottling Plants, 60 Aviation Service Stations, 4 Lube blending plants and 4 cross-country pipelines.
Bharat Petroleum is integrating its strategy, investments, environmental and social ambitions to move towards a sustainable planet. The company has chalked out the plan to offer electric vehicle charging stations at around 7000 energy stations over next 5 years.