Project Overview

The project involved developing a business plan, business strategy, marketing strategy, branding and packaging for the sale of salt. The salt is hand-crafted in the Little Rann of Kutch, India, by the Agariya community.

 
 
 Proposed Solution

Proposed Solution

Inspiration

The branding and packaging, aimed to highlight the beauty in the imperfection of the irregular crystals.

The packaging is simple and brings out the hand-crafted value of the salt.

 Strategy

Strategy

Proposed Solution

Customers would first be introduced to this product in high-end gourmet restaurants. Tent card, grinder bottle and sachet box would be kept on tables in the restaurants.

This strategy builds on the uniqueness of the artisanal earth salt, And creates a sense of mystery and exclusivity about its availability and use.

 

"In its essence, salt is what makes food taste better."

Key insight derived from primary and secondary research.

 
 The visual style was designed to mimic the color palette of the landscape.

The visual style was designed to mimic the color palette of the landscape.

The business plan needed to be fruitful for the farmers, client company ‘Sabras’, as well as the end consumers of the salt. This earth crystal salt is hand-harvested by the Agariya community. Choosing a name that was regionally relevant strengthened the story of the product, brand and community.

‘Ekatra’, means together, or to collect.

Relevance:

  • Brings all the flavors together

  • The salt is collected by hand

  • Community has been living and working together for generations

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 The Fractal pattern texture to represent the harsh desert terrain in the Little Rann of Kutch - made using watercolors and natural salt crystals. This is synonymous with the brand essence  'The Beauty of Imperfection'.

The Fractal pattern texture to represent the harsh desert terrain in the Little Rann of Kutch - made using watercolors and natural salt crystals. This is synonymous with the brand essence 'The Beauty of Imperfection'.

 
 The salt products would be hand packaged by the Agariya community; Providing an additional source of income.

The salt products would be hand packaged by the Agariya community; Providing an additional source of income.

 Since this was a crystalline salt, the packaging included a mortar and pestle and a grinder cap bottle to add to the experience of using the crystalline salt.

Since this was a crystalline salt, the packaging included a mortar and pestle and a grinder cap bottle to add to the experience of using the crystalline salt.

 Proposed flavored salts for the first business phase, based on locally grown spices (Left to Right): Garlic, Smoked, Chilli, Fennel.

Proposed flavored salts for the first business phase, based on locally grown spices (Left to Right): Garlic, Smoked, Chilli, Fennel.

 A variety pack of the four flavored salt sachets.

A variety pack of the four flavored salt sachets.

 All products would be accompanied with an information booklet.

All products would be accompanied with an information booklet.

 The booklet would contain information about the Agariyas from Kutch, as well as their hand-crafted earth salt.

The booklet would contain information about the Agariyas from Kutch, as well as their hand-crafted earth salt.

 
 

The project involved several intricacies of Business Design such as planning the business phases, breaking down the cost structures as well as transportation logistics - further details can be found in the project documentation book.

 
 
 Poster Pitch of Business Plan: To read more details, click on the image or view the  Poster Pitch here .

Poster Pitch of Business Plan: To read more details, click on the image or view the Poster Pitch here.

 

Some of the proposed ideas for transportation, unit costing and business development can be seen below:

 Proposed Business Model: To read more details, click on the image or view the  business plan ideas here.

Proposed Business Model: To read more details, click on the image or view the business plan ideas here.