Licious named Sanket Venkatesh Prabhu as VP – Research & Development

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Sanket Venkatesh Prabhu has been appointed Vice President – Research & Development at Licious, India’s first D2C unicorn (R&D). Sanket will manage and direct Licious’ R&D operations in order to capitalise on possible new products, with the goal of creating value across the three dimensions of People, Planet, and Profit through sustainable innovations.

Sanket has over 18 years of experience in the food business, having worked for multinational companies such as Agritechnology, Novozymes, and Doehler in a variety of capacities, including Research & Innovation, Development & Application, and Techno-Commercial. Food and nutrition, meat science and technology, bread, drinks, plant-based and single-cell proteins, dairy, response flavours, and functional foods are among his specialties.

Commenting on the new appointment, Joe Manavalan, Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Licious, said, “We are delighted to welcome Sanket on board. In the sixth year of operations, Licious has scaled new heights and the hiring has kept pace with our growth. Sanket’s professional expertise and experience of having lived, worked and travelled extensively across Europe, Asia and Australia will help enhance our product development efforts, as we continue to deliver high-quality and superior animal protein products to our growing clientele across the country.”

Sanket Venkatesh Prabhu, VP – R&D, Licious, stated, “I’m excited to join Licious, the first Indian Unicorn to deliver a delightful meat buying experience in a primarily unorganised and fragmented industry. This is a great opportunity for me to work in a vibrant culture, interact with new functions and teams, and to step out of my comfort zone. I look forward to a remarkable journey of new learning and adventures, as we regionalize customer-specific products through ‘renovation’ and ‘innovation’.”