The first Keventers’ milkshake that I ever had was a Chocolate flavoured one at the famous outlet in CP. We were visiting Delhi as a college team and the very first sip made me a big admirer. Large quantity of exquisite milkshake in unique milk bottles fascinated each one of us. It’s been almost 27 years since, and I am still a big lover of Keventers shakes.
There were a few other outlets in Delhi a few years back, but currently the CP outlets was one of the very few left. I was told that even this CP outlet was a distributor of Keventers milkshake and has now been renamed as Shake Square.
Now a young and enterprising team of Agastya Dalmia, Aman Arora and Sohrab Sitaram have come together and are trying to give the brand a new look, new feel and new taste. For the customers, it’s a pleasant move by the grandson of the original owners of Keventers.
Recently we had a chance to talk to Mr Aman Arora, one of the directors of the revived and rebranded Keventers during a tasting session at the newly opened store at DLF Cyber Hub in Gurgaon. Aman explained in detail the ideas and plans for the expansion.
Aman also informed us about the history of Keventers. Edward Keventer, started the company in 1922. Within a decade the company expanded by setting up plants in Delhi, Aligarh, Calcutta and Darjeeling and emerged as one of the prominent dairy manufacturers in India. Later on around the late 1940’s, Ram Krishna Dalmia bought the Keventer dairy project from Edward Keventer’s son, Werner and rechristened the company as Edward Keventer Pvt. Ltd.
Keventers was a synonym for Milkshakes served in attractive wide mouthed bottles. Keventers milkshakes were earlier known as flavoured milk. Keventers’ nourishing milk in attractive wide bottles used to arrive fresh and cool every morning, all over the city, with water droplets forming over the bottles and red and blue aluminium foil caps. By 1960’s, the name of Keventers became synonymous with dairy products in Delhi.
Now, as the outlet at CP changes its name, the team of Agastya, grandson of Shri Ram Krishan Dalmia feels very excited to recreate this brand and revive the former glory. He dug up all the old collaterals, the old recipes and old packaging material and putting all these together have resulted in form of five Keventers outlets in New Delhi’s premium malls, namely High Street, and My Square at Select Citywalk, Saket, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, DLF Mall of India, Noida and DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon.
Future plans are to open more outlets at Worldmark, Aerocity, Epicuria, Nehru Place, Connaught Place, Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar, and Delhi Gymkhana Club.
The already opened outlets have been designed keeping in mind the old world colonial charm with vintage phones and typewriters, quirky glass bottles, and candy stripe designs. A framed picture of Edward Keventer also adorns the walls.
Keventers have always been known for its signature flavours like strawberry, chocolate and butterscotch, and the ever in demand cold coffee. The rechristened Keventers today brings a twist to its palette with introduction of contemporary and new flavours to please the taste buds of milkshake lovers.
Melting Rose, Mint Oreo Crumble, Hawaiian Passion, Tutti Frutti, Chocolate Hazelnut, Choco Peanut butter and Kit-Kat and many more blends available today at Keventers.
For the fresh fruit flavour lovers they have the new natural, Blue Berry flavour and its bound to become a favourite of everyone. We also started with this fantabulos flavour and immediately fell in love with it. It was perfectly blended with the right amount of sweetness.
Over the next hour and a half, we tried many other flavours including Kit Kat, Mango, my all-time favourites chocolate and cold coffee. The quantity served is enormous, 500 ml milk in one bottle. After trying out three flavours, I was full. But then wanting to try out a new flavour, I tasted the Mellting Rose flavour too.
We felt that the price for one bottle was a bit too high. But Aman explained that too. The outlets today give out the bottles as a souvenir and the bottle’s cost has to be taken into account. Also its 500 ml of milk being served in one serving. Aman said that they are thinking about cutting down the prices by serving a smaller quantiy, say about 300 ml of milkshake in one serving.
Currrently as the winter chill continues in Delhi, they also offer Winter delights in form of hot drinks such as Kahwa, Hot coffee, Hot chocolate drinks etc. And being a big admirer and lover of the Kashmiri Kahwa, I ordered a glass of Kahwa on the go, and we left the outlet with very very sweet tastes in our mouths, hearts and souls.
Hurry up folks, and rush to the outlet nearest to you to savour the evergreen, flavourful, exquisite, and amaging milkshakes.