Tata Soulfull and Reliance Retail collaborate to bring ‘Desh ke Millets’ to every household
- Aim to take ‘Desh ke Millets’ like Ragi, Jowar & Bajra mainstream, making it available to households across India
- Exclusive area across more than 400 Reliance stores to showcase millet based products including Tata Soulfull products
Tata Soulfull, one of India’s fastest-growing millet-based packaged foods brands, announces its lead sponsor partnership with Reliance Retail for the upcoming Maha Millet Mela. Tata Soulfull is a brand from Tata Consumer Soulfull Pvt. Ltd. (wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Consumer Products Ltd.). As a leading brand in the millets space, Tata Soulfull is dedicated to bringing ‘Desh ke Millets’ like Ragi, Jowar & Bajra in modern formats to every Indian household through its wide range of products like Millet Muesli, Ragi Bites breakfast cereals and Masala Oats+. Maha Millet Mela is a first-of-its-kind millet festival spread over the months of July & August in leading Reliance Retail stores across the country, dedicated to promoting the goodness of millets and bringing them to many more households across the country. This initiative aims to make millets mainstream and a part of every shopper’s basket at Reliance stores across India.
Millets are ancient grains that have been in use in traditional Indian kitchens for a long time. India is one of the largest producers of millets. The U.N. General Assembly resolution declared 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’ as an attempt to increase public awareness on the health benefits of millets and their sustainability credentials. Known to be gluten-free and nutrition-dense — as well as rich in iron, protein, dietary fibre, and calcium — these grains are making a comeback to modern Indian kitchens, as consumers seek out nutritious food options. Compared with other grains, millets use significantly lesser water to grow; this benefits both the farmer and the planet.
The two-month-long Millet Mela will be an on-ground activity that will be conducted across more than 400 Reliance stores across the country. Within each participating Reliance store, a dedicated area will be allocated exclusively for millet based products, creating a unique shopping experience for visitors. This will include Tata Soulfull’s product range -Millet Muesli, Ragi Bites No Maida Choco, Ragi Bites Fills and Masala Oats+. This strategic partnership ensures that shoppers can experience Tata Soulfull's wholesome products, which bring millets back to the consumers’ plate in a taste-first, health-forward manner.
Speaking on the launch of the Maha Millet Mela, Sunil D’Souza, MD & CEO, Tata Consumer Products said, “Recognizing the numerous advantages millets offer to consumers, farmers, and the environment, it is important to spread public awareness and promote the sustainable growth and consumption of this remarkable grain. Tata Soulfull is dedicated to bringing ‘Desh ke Millets’ like Ragi, Jowar & Bajra in modern formats to every Indian household and we are excited to partner with Reliance Retail, India’s largest retailer for the Maha Millet Mela. Through this initiative, we are aiming to highlight the benefits of millets, while driving adoption and making them more accessible. We have an extensive range of products across snacking, breakfast cereals, and mini-meals under Tata Soulfull that are bound to delight consumers and we look forward to taking them to many more consumers across Reliance stores.”
Damodar Mall, CEO of Grocery Retail at Reliance Retail, said: “Our grandma, aunts were the ‘influencers’ back in the day who told us about the goodness of millets and the cultural stories around them. Modern day brands like Tata Soulfull & platforms like SmartBazaar & JioMart are stepping up to take these millets messages ahead. Millets are both good nutrition and deep culture. Modern day brand partnerships like this will amplify their role in consumer India.”
To enhance the overall shopping experience, the Maha Millet Mela will feature enticing consumer offers, to encourage trial and adoption of millets. Additionally, print advertising support will be extended in key cities to generate awareness and encourage participation in the festival.
About Tata Soulfull
Tata Consumer Soulfull Pvt. Ltd is a 100% subsidiary of Tata Consumer Products and operates in the wellness focused food segment under the brand name ‘Tata Soulfull’. Tata Soulfull is one of the leading brands in India’s ‘good for you’ packaged foods market. The brand Soulfull was launched in 2013 and offers a portfolio of millet-based products for children and adults in contemporary tastes and formats. With rich expertise in ancient millets like ragi (finger millet), Soulfull has an innovative portfolio of products such as breakfast cereals, nutritious snacks, muesli, and plant-based protein drinks.
About Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL):
RRVL, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, operates an integrated omni-channel network of 18,040 stores and digital commerce platforms across Grocery, Consumer Electronics, Fashion & Lifestyle and Pharma consumption baskets and has partnered with over 3 million merchants through its New Commerce initiative.
SMART Bazaar and SMART Superstores are the value format hypermarket retail chain wing of Reliance Retail. With the strength of the network of across 800+ stores across India, the customers can avail lowest prices on all products, every day.
SMART Bazaar offers a one-stop shopping experience by offering grocery, bakery, dairy products, home and personal care products, general merchandise, and apparels, making it a complete shopping destination, across the country.