AMAI means sweet in Japanese. The inspiration for the brand came from my trips to Japan, particularly the visits to the local produce markets. Scouting new fruits, tastes and visually delectable delights were probably the highlights of my trip, except for the shopping of course!
In Tokyo, I learnt the fundamental science of macrobiotics - which in its basis is just a way of pairing flavour, substance and the weight of a food, to match its nutrient value as a whole.
Macrobiotics absolutely fascinated me - it was basically uncovering the art of Ying and Yang with food. It involved pairing complimentary flavours to benefit the overall consumption of the product created. I recall coming back from one trip, brimming with enthusiasm to try and create something of my own in this sacred space.
I’ve realised that the best subject matter for any product that you are developing is almost inadvertently yourself. It is the most honest, intimate opinion you can get, as there is no deception of how it reacts.
This personal investigative angle made me realise that dairy and gluten were not really helping my lifestyle in any way. Once you get more in tune with your body and its needs, you start to consume more intuitively. Shortly after starting AMAI, I realised that I was not alone in my food sensitivities - which is quite literally why the brand has been successful. Currently, we vend through Scootsy and The Leela, Mumbai.
I would like the reach to be more, but there are restrictions with the bigger carriers, namely Foodhall and Nature’s Basket, that have the capacity and space, but an abysmal connectivity for a small independent food brand.
Even though AMAI is one of my core passion projects, I also dabble in Food and Wine consulting for corporate brands in India. I am also developing a lifestyle label for the working women called ALIGNE.
She has been on the management team of Vinati Organics Limited since 2006 and balances the technical/manufacturing execution with her marketing abilities combined with new age aggression.