Naturals Ice Cream Founder Raghunandan Kamath Dies, Tributes Pour In – News18

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The ice cream man of India, Raghunandan Srinivas Kamath, has unfortunately passed away at the age of 70. He was the owner of Naturals Ice-Cream, which is regarded as one of the leading ice cream brands in the country.

The entrepreneur breathed his last on the night of May 17 at Mumbai’s H N Reliance Foundation Hospital. As per more reports, he passed away after suffering from a brief illness. Raghunandan Kamath’s story is an inspiration to many. Coming from a humble background, he is someone, who went through numerous hardships to create one of the biggest empires in the country, carrying Rs 400 crores. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

He was born into a family of six siblings, with a single breadwinner, his father, a fruit-selling vendor. While he was growing up, he helped his father in his fruit business, which immensely helped him gain knowledge about fruits.

When he was 14, he left his village in Mangalore and travelled to Mumbai. He got a job at his brother’s South Indian restaurant, where he earned a modest income. According to more information, on February 14, 1984, he ventured into the business of ice cream with a team of four employees, some basic ingredients and Naturals Ice-Creams came into existence.

When the company began, it offered only 12 flavours, all developed through Raghunandan’s experiences in the fruit business with his father. To grow his business, he opted for a smart strategy where he sold ice cream as a side dish with pav bhaji. It proved to be a big success and drew huge crowds. As per the reports, in only the first year, his small shop in Juhu was able to generate a revenue of Rs 5 lakh. By 2020, Naturals Ice-Cream had 135 outlets across the country.

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