Mr. Puff Vadodara (India)

Business overview

Established in 1950 by Shri Dholandas Thadani, Mr. Puff, originally known as Shree Gandhi Bakery is a leading brand in the bakery business in Gujarat, India. With a legacy of 60 years in baking the finest of products, Mr. Puff is today an institution that has maintained its distinctive flavor and quality. Baking is not a job but a passion at Mr. Puff and customized products with a personal touch and customer-centric philosophy has made it a chosen one amongst all its patrons not only within India, but across the globe. An ISO 22000:2005 company, we at Mr. Puff understand the fact that dealing with food products is a matter of hygiene and nutrition and we ensure that quality is the top most priority in all our baking and catering processes. Our recipes have been refined over the years but we have ensured that there is no compromise on taste or the quality of ingredients used. We hope you enjoy this experience of a delicious culinary journey with Mr. Puff. Shree Gandhi Bakery was established in 1950 in the city of Vadodara, Gujarat. Founded by Shri Dholandas Thadani, the bakery was the pioneer of bread cutting process that separates the loaf into slices. They are also the pioneers of making the hot favorite savories''' of today - Puffs. Today, as they serve 4th generation customers with a sense of pride and deep satisfaction, it may be appropriate to trace the origins. The first outlet cum production unit was located in the old city area, adjacent to Khanderao Market. Today, under the brand name Mr. Puff, the company has around 30 outlets all over the city of Baroda. Come December 2014 and the brand will open 30 outlets in Ahmedabad city. It also sells its products to over 200 cities in India. Its products are exported to more than 20 countries all around the globe. It has three manufacturing plants, with another production unit opening in Ahmedabad soon. Plans are on the anvil to establish manufacturing plants and chain of outlets in Rajkot and Surat. So who, how, when and why?? Well, a very young Shri Dholandas Thadani, son of landlords of Sukkur Sindh (now in Pakistan) left his home and everything he owned and possessed and moved towards Bombay (Thane) to take refuge during the time of partition. His wife Smt. Kalavati Dholandas Thadani and eldest daughter (Smt. Jayashree Bajaj) were with him. Except for a few hand held things, he had nothing of his own. He had to begin a life from scratch. His respect and belief in Hinduism and the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi inspired him to embark upon life'''s journey. Though the situation then was a helpless one, Shri Dholandas decided to own a small scale shop to rebuild his life. He had nothing but a little knowledge of bakery management, as he used to sometimes visit the renowned J.B.Mangaram Bakery at Sukkur, Sindh, along with the then Mayor Shri Basant Ram Motwani. Later, at Akbar Camp in Thane (which he could finally reach after a Muslim family helped him escape from his earlier place and survive), he visited the house of a Britisher in India who was taking care of card verification. At his place, he saw an oven and thus got an idea to begin with a food business of baked products. There was also a recipe he learnt of the famous Huntley and Palmer's Co. of London, on making small cakes, biscuits and breads, that paved the way to spark the idea. Shri Dholandas saw dreams of a thriving food business and began plans for settling down. They now had a son, Shri Ramesh Thadani (who is currently the Chairman of the Company). Shri Dholandas decided to go to Pune . But his friend suggested him to go to Baroda. He thus decided to move along with his family to Baroda. With no help or support and a life full of struggle, Shri Dholandas never left hopes and worked hard in Baroda. He set up a shop in the Khanderao Market area which had a total of three working members in the team i.e. 2 workers and the owner himself. He used to bake and do the production from the morning till evening and finally open the frontage of the shop in the evening to sell the day'''s fresh production. This went on from 1950 till 1964, when son Shri Ramesh joined in at a tender age of 14 years. To help his father in the business, he even left his studies in 1969 for helping at the shop full time. Shree Gandhi Bakery is not only a title of their food business running in the name of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a philosophy that also follows the principles that Mahatma Gandhi believed in. Honesty, along with simple living and high thinking, was what Shri Dholandas Thadani valued highly. Shri Ramesh Thadani is very particular about following the formula which runs down from his father's times on the recipe for perfectly baked products. He says ''' '''We can't compromise on three things; Quality of the final product, usage of the best ingredients and ethics in the complete business process, right from procurement to production to sales. ''' He feels that the customer is not a king. He is GOD and so, only the best should be offered. Cheating is something he does not know and can never do. He also proudly says that people who may be unwell can also eat their products and still find it easy to digest. For example, the maida breads have correct quantity of ajwayan and other materials and have no artificial products or preservatives! He recollects the early days, when the Bhattis ( clay ovens) would bake the products with manual insertion and removal and how by experience and trial and error they had been judging the temperature and became experts to bake different food articles, when timing was never easy to determine. With experience and learning through the hard way, they learnt the best practices of this business. Even today, he feels great in guiding the next generation when they need suggestions or advice to attain quality production. He worked very hard on the production side from 1969 to 1984, after which he also started sitting on the cash counter. He gets emotional to talk about the day his father expired (on Dec 31st, 1984). The father used to regularly come to the shop, right up to just 3 days before his death. Very fit and fine and an extremely active person, he got an attack of cold and cough and decided to take two days off and rest at home. On that fateful day, post lunch, when Shri Ramesh Thadani saw his father, his eyes sparkled as he saw him with deep concentration and attention. In the evening, when he was at his shop, he got the news that his father had left for heavenly abode. Shri Ramesh Thadani decided to continue the business and work on the guidelines given by his father. He mentions that an akhand jyoti (lamp) that was lit from his father'''s time continues to be lit even till date. This was in the memory of a saint that guided his father when in difficult times. He was a saint he met at the Kashivishweshwar temple on Rajmahal Road. Shri Ramesh Thadani feels great of having run Shree Gandhi Bakery successfully and consistently, even after the death of his father. He has a lot of gratitude towards his father, who taught him how to live the real life. He is also thankful to his family, who have supported him throughout his life.



Industry Agro / Food Products
Business Type Manufacturers, Trader & Exporter/Importer
Establishment Year 1950
Firm Type Pvt Ltd.
Expand Level International

Products & Services

We are Manufacturers,Traders and Exporters of food products.

Products:-
Cakes
Confectionery
Fast Food
Biscuits
Dry Munchies
Gift Packs

Product Catalogue (49)

Contact Details

Mr. Puff

D/14, Road No. 2,Sardar Estate,
Ajwa Road,
Vadodara, 390019 (Gujarat) - (India)



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