Mirko and Björn from Team St. ERHARD at “The Rickshaw Run” 2014
What would you say if somebody tells you that he will take a 3,500 km journey across the Indian subcontinent with a 7 horesepower rickshaw? You might think this is crazy and so thought we when we were addressed by Björn and Mirko who wanted to form a German team to participate in “The Rickshaw Run” 2014. But because we like crazy ideas and have been a crazy idea ourselves when we started off exporting German beer to India we wanted to support them.
The start of the race has been January 1st 2014 in the City of Jaisalmer in Northern India. For the next 14 days they will try to make their way to Cochin in Southern India. A given route does not exist, the journey is the destination. A price is just as rare, winners will be all. The Rickshaw Run is also a charity event where each team collects money for a nonprofit organization. In addition to the environmental organization Cool Earth the team raises funds for SOS Children’s Villages.
We will keep you posted on the recent developments and inform you about anything that happens on their way.
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We are very proud that St. ERHARD was featured in the Bayrischer Rundfunk (BR) last Sunday. It was a very interesting experience having a camera team filming us at work.
In this blog post I want to tell you more about this feature and how it was made.
We were really happy when the BR contacted us in October and told us that they want to do feature about us in Sunday’s Frankenschau. After we organized all the details we scheduled the date for the shoot. This shooting day was a really interesting experience because we had the chance to see behind the myth of television. At November, 6th a camera man, an audio engineer and a television journalist came to our office at the IGZ (Center for Innovations und New Ventures) in Bamberg.
Once we showed them around in our rooms, we directly started shooting. Time is money! After we were filmed in our office and our Founder Christan Klemenz was interviewed, we also decided to show the BR-Team our warehouse where our products are stored and prepared for the shipping to India and Hong Kong or to our costumers in Germany and the rest of Europe. Subsequently, we moved on to “Moe’s Bar” in Bamberg to shoot some scenes with the guests of Moe’s drinking our St. ERHARD.
This nearly whole day of shooting ended up in a very nice 5-minute feature about St. ERHARD in the Frankenschau at November, 24th .
Thanks again to the BR-Team for they great work. And now check out the video!
The St. ERHARD team at “The Leading Beers” (from right to left: Justus, Christian, Aline)
Last weekend St. ERHARD participated in “The Leading Beers” festival, one of the biggest beer culture festivals in Germany. At “The Leading Beers” the best breweries and their beers come together with music, arts and culinary specialties. Hundreds of visitors from all over the world could try a vast number of beer styles from 30 different breweries. Next to the tasting of the different beers, the visitors could also try matching styles of cheese or chocolate to their respective beer and listen to music from different bands. There was also a big panel discussion regarding the German “Reinheitsgebot” with Oliver Wesseloh, Sebastian Priller, Georg VI. Schneider, Dr. Werner Gloßner, Norbert Krines, Dr. Lothar Ebbertz and Justin Leone. Furthermore different proven experts of the beer business gave lectures, like our founder Christian Klemenz on “Beer in India – A New Market Delevops”.
We are very glad that we could meet a lot of interesting people, try good beer, present our product and just enjoy the two days at the Amberger Congress Centrum.
St. ERHARD is “True Beer Excellence”, but “The Leading Beers” is “True Beer Culture Excellence”!
Finally we want to say “Thank you” to the organizational team of the University of Applied Science Amberg-Weiden for their great work. We look forward to “The Leading Beers” 2014!
P.S.: Check out the pictures of “The Leading Beers” on our Facebook page!
Vikanshu (co-founder), Gul Panag (actress), Christian (CEO) and Aayush (team member)
In a previous blog post we explained to you the origins and characteristics of the Oktoberfest in Munich.
On the 6th of October this Munich Oktoberfest closed its doors after two weeks of enjoying German beer tradition. During these two weeks 6,4 million people visited the Oktoberfest area on the Theresienwiese in Munich and these visitors were very hungry and thirsty. In total they ate 114 ox and 58 calves. Furthermore they drank 6,7 million “Maß” (1-liter-glass) of beer. This is equivalent to 20,3 million bottles of St. ERHARD. That is an amazing amount. Unfortunately St. ERHARD was not available at the “Wiesn” in Munich. However our sponsoring of the Oktoberfest of the German embassy in New Delhi was a great success. While drinking a tasty St. ERHARD, our Founder and CEO Christian Klemenz could celebrate together with Gul Panag (former Miss India), the German ambassador in India Michael Steiner, Vikanshu (co-founder) and his brother Aayush, Aline (our management trainee), our business angel Günter Wiskot, a german live-band and a lot of other nice people. Check out the pictures on facebook!
Now by the time the Oktoberfest in Munich is finished, in Franconia it is time for another traditional beer period: The “Bockbier” time!
Bockbier is a stronger beer with at least 6,5% vol. of alcohol. Originally brewed with a high original wort for an extended shelf life, nowadays Bockbier is a delicacy for German and overseas beer fans. Every old brewery in the area of Bamberg has its own Bockbier as one of their flagship beers. Particularly in autumn and the beginning winter, Bockbier is very popular for warming the cold throats with its high alcohol concentration.
India’s Love for German Brands
German brands have always been known for their quality and have enjoyed an excellent reputation among the Indian consumers. From a simple Nivea face cream to a complex BMW car, products produced in Germany are loved and appreciated within a large group of consumers in India.
With increasing globalization, India has become a lucrative market for International (especially German brands) to invest and expand in the Indian market. India has emerged as one of the strongest economies in terms of global brands entering the market in past two decades. Increasing disposable income of the middle class group, change in the buying preferences and emergence of social media has acted as a strong medium for brand promotions. This has been a catalyst for foreign brands to sell their products/services to the Indian consumers.
Germany offers a wide range of brands for the global market and covers areas like personal care, automobile, engineering, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and many more. This doesn’t just portray how strong the German economy is but it also tells us how the whole world dependent on the German brands. If we talk about some popular German brands which have made their marks globally, BMW & Audi have emerged as one of the elite and reliable automobile brands, Adidas & Puma have placed themselves in sports apparel industry and many other brands which we have now become used to.
Indian buyers associate German brands with quality. According to one study, Indian consumers with the gross monthly income between Rs. 18,000- 42,000 and above prefer and love German brands. Brands like Adidas, BMW, Bajaj Allianz & Mercedes-Benz are among the most famous brands in India. German products aren’t just known for their “Made in Germany” tag but also for their high durability and innovative design. This surely adds on to the cost of the product/service offering and makes it relatively expensive for the Indian consumer. This is mainly the reason why German products in India fall into the category of “high prestige” products and are usually owned by upper income groups as a status symbol.
As all other German brands I mentioned above, St. ERHARD is one of them. It doesn’t just rely on the fact that it’s “Made in Germany” but also portrays its premium quality and great taste of German beer. We in the near future want to become the favorite German beverage for Indian consumer. We at St. ERHARD want to bridge the gap between two nations by adding one more premium brand to the wide category of the brands representing German quality and culture.
Beer Trend in India
A positive change in the demographics, an increase in the income levels and a substantial change in the spending patterns has turned India into a lucrative market for beverage companies. Changing lifestyles, age profile and also the modern lifestyle has been acting as a catalyst in promoting the alcohol consumption in the country. Beer and wine is one of the most consumed beverages all across the world. With a rising aspiration level and emergence of various foreign brands, Indian consumers are now becoming highly experimental with beer. They are always looking for a special and better taste when it comes to beer. Also Indian consumers (especially youth) have become brand oriented.
Indian beer industry has been growing since the past decade with a steady two-digit growth rate annually. The domestic production of beer and wine, both are on rise. Beer industry witnessed 12 percent increase in the domestic beer production. Indian market portrays high potential for all the beer beverage brands across the world; however, per capita consumption has to increase in order to give boost to the trade. Recently, there has been a change in the consumer buying preferences and the stores like The Beer Café and The Pint Room have started capitalizing on the same by bringing beer from different parts of the world under one roof. Idea is to cater to all beer enthusiasts in India.
St. ERHARD is indeed one of them and is representing the rich German beer culture in India. We are happy to be a part of this initiative where Indian consumers will get an idea of how a beer brewed and bottled in Germany tastes like. We strive to provide a unique experience through a transparent bottle packed with a premium quality cellar beer called St. ERHARD.
St. ERHARD at Oktoberfest 2013 in New Delhi
Oktoberfest is a global synonym for German beer culture. It’s doesn’t just portray the rich culture of Germany but also stands for the unity and diversity among the people.
It’s a festival which originates from Munich but is also celebrated in some other cities of Germany as well nowadays. People from all over the globe come and celebrate this very special occasion with the German people. From the last recent years seeing the popularity of this esteemed German event, German organizations around the globe have been organizing the same in different parts of the world. This is a great way of bringing two countries together. The Indo-German relations are built on mutual trust and understanding and both the countries are doing great when it comes down to doing business with one another.
This year the German Embassy New Delhi will organize a Oktoberfest in India on 3rd of Oktober 2013 which is also the German Unity Day. An approximate footfall of 1200 people is expected in the event. The attendees will be served with the our genuine Bavarian St. ERHARD beer and also will be given an option to choose from the variety in the delicious German cuisine. The whole setup will be in the theme of Oktoberfest with all the logistics imported from Germany, just in order to provide the attendees with the best of the original festive feel of Oktoberfest in India. Also the whole staff will be dressed in the traditional Bavarian attire which is Lederhosn for the males and Dirndl for the females.
The whole campus for the event is created with the typical Oktoberfest tents, small kiosks, some amusement rides for both kids and adults. The event will start of by the special guests who will be greeted by the German Ambassador to India and his wife Mrs. Steiner. A brass band will be invited from Bavaria which will be performing live for the audiences while they will be enjoying the German beer and food at the same time. There will be wide range of German food including the very traditional pretzels from the south of Germany, potato salad, sausage salad and so on. Not only typical food will be served but also a lot of desserts will accompany the same. That will include the delicious German Kaiserschmarm, Apple Strudl (Pie), Roasted almonds and much more.
We at St. ERHARD are very proud to say that we will be one of the major sponsors of the Oktoberfest and the people attending the fest will get to taste it as well.
Indo-German Delegation visits St. ERHARD
Yesterday was a great day for us at St. ERHARD. As we mentioned in our last blog post we were excited to host an event where dignitaries like Mr. Steiner (German Ambassador to India) accompanied by other important people from India came to visit us at St. ERHARD. The event turned out to be a big success. It was great in terms of both visibility and in conveying the message of our brand across people who are working towards bringing two nations together.
The day started with preparing the conference room for the event to happen. After lunch the whole delegation arrived after visiting the Bosch campus which is also based in Bamberg. They were all welcomed very warmly by the whole team of St. ERHARD also in the presence of our investor Mr. Wiskot. The presentation started with a small note from Mr. Steiner joking about him being from Munich when Christian (Founder & CEO of St. ERHARD) welcomed everyone to the beer capital of Germany i.e. Bamberg. The delegates seemed really happy with the whole arrangement and were excited and also astonished to hold out product in their hands. The first question which was asked to us was “How come beer in a transparent bottle?” followed by questions related to the sales in India and so on. Christian answered all the questions in the best possible manner and the presentation ended on a high note from Christian by inviting all the delegates to the brewery where St. ERHARD is brewed. A mixture of excitement and curiosity was clearly seen on the faces of the delegates.
Soon we reached the brewery and our brewmaster welcomed all the delegates followed by the tour through the whole brewery. Starting from explaining them about the history of beer, with the German Reinheitsgebot (Purity Law) so that the delegates could understand how and what actually the beer is made of. Different types of malts and hops were shown to them and also were tasted in order to get the taste and aroma of the raw material of beer. Furthermore, the process of fermentation was explained and storage facilities were shown.
The idea of this tour was just to take everyone present there through the whole process and the story of beer. From the time it’s just raw hops, malt, barley and yeast till the time it turns into a liquid and is filled in bottles. It was great to hear what the delegates had to say after they were served with the fresh St. ERHARD from the beer tank. I remember one of the delegate mentioning to me that “It has a very refreshing taste, this beer will not only be loved by Indians but also be valued because of the history attached to it”.
I was not only happy but was very proud to meet so many people from India again and to talk to them in my language and also to explain them the whole concept of the brand. I always had this feeling that I am someone who is acting like a facilitator in bringing together the culture of two countries which are rich in cultures, values and traditions.
When it was time for them to depart for their flight to Berlin they all were awarded by the special annual reserve beer from the brewery just as a token of appreciation for their visit and for their valuable time.
Indo-German Delegation is visiting St. ERHARD in Bamberg
With this post we at St. ERHARD are very proud to announce that next Monday the 10th of June we will have some prestigious dignitaries who will be visiting us at our Bamberg office. We will be happy and honored to welcome the board of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. The delegation will include the German Ambassador to India, Mr. Michael Steiner accompanied by Mr. Chandran of BASF India, Mr. Viswanathan of Bosch India, Mr. Gerlich of Bayer India and other Indo-German business executives.
Being a start-up company focusing on trade between Germany and India, it will be a great opportunity for us to explain them our business to them. The whole idea will be to portray what our vision at St. ERHARD is and where do we see ourselves in next coming years.
The agenda of the day will be, first to welcome the whole delegation in our office followed by a small presentation given by the Founder & CEO of St. ERHARD, Christian Klemenz with the other two co-founders Thies Dibbern and Vincent Osterloh respectively. They will present the current business situation with our future growth strategies.
After the presentation the whole delegation will be taken to the brewery where St. ERHARD is brewed. The whole process of brewing
and bottling will be explained to them, just so that they know from how many stages the product goes through before reaching the end consumer in India.
This trip will not only be great for us in terms of the visibility of the brand but will also strengthen the bond between both the countries as Ambassador Steiner with the other esteemed guests will be present here and will witness everything. We are looking forward to welcoming them here.