Our journey spanning more than 75 years has been fraught with challenges. Every challenge has inspired us to drop inhibitions and embrace change and innovation to surge ahead with renewed optimism that has culminated into path-breaking business endeavours.
This was a period of great struggle for our founders when Jayantilal Shah as a young boy had migrated from Harsol, a small village near Ahmedabad to the teeming city of Kolkata to source tea for their family-run business. Without a formal education and with little resources to fall back upon, these early hardships went on to strengthen his determination to scale greater heights in pursuit of business excellence. Jayanti was founded in the early 1940’s and tea was the earliest commodity traded.
Business has continued to expand into diverse agro-commodities and is spread across many countries today, under the able stewardship of second and third generation entrepreneurs of the Shah family.
Establishment of Kolkata Based Tea Export Company.
With increasing export orders an office was established in South India, at Kochi, the port city of Kerala, to handle bulk shipments to Sudan at a faster pace. Tea business activities were later shifted to Coimbatore when the first tea auction took place in 1980 due to labour unrest in Kochi.
Indian Products Private Limited was established with headquarters in Bangalore.
In 1983-84 Jayanti began exporting Black Pepper to meet an open challenge faced by the spice industry as many exporters were exporting oil coated pepper to cover mold, which buyers from U.S.A didn’t approve of. This challenge became an opportunity for Jayanti which soon established itself as a Bulk exporter of Black Pepper and other Spice. The initial shipments of Black Pepper and Chillies were mainly to USA in bulk. The hallmark, unadulterated Jayanti quality, free of foreign matter, was loved by buyers who gave Jayanti the Right of First Refusal.
Kinathukadavu Spice Plant started operations. The setting-up of this plant has been one of Jayanti’s most ambitious projects till date, propelled by an aspiration to build a world-class Spice processing facility close to sourcing regions.
Today, we are one of the largest manufacturer-exporters of value-added spice from India. Decaffeinated Tea is another major item of export.
The company has a separate division for managing domestic retail business and brand On1y, which is reaching out to consumers of Gourmet Herbs & Seasoning, in versatile ready-to-use retail packs.
2014 & Beyond…
Steamlab Sterilization Food A.S, the turkey based herbs & spice blending and packaging company became a part of Jayanti in 2014.
Today, Jayanti-India, with its headquarters in Bangalore is focussed on building Herbs & Spice business. Jayanti is also the leading exporter of Decaffeinated Tea and Natural Caffeine.
1990-2014 (Jayanti’s Past Ventures)
Jayanti in Coffee Trading
Coffee business was liberalised in 1992 partially and fully in 1994, which opened huge opportunities for Jayanti to procure Coffee directly from Growers, for processing at own milling stations and exporting around the world. Jayanti remained one of the largest exporters of Green Coffee Beans till 2014 till a disinvestment decision was taken.
1990-2014 (Jayanti’s Past Ventures)
Jayanti in Software business
For a brief period, Jayanti also nurtured a team of software developers in Bangalore who had indigenously developed a live chat software and a more sophisticated tool suitable for commodity futures trading. The team has now grown into a full-fledged software company with headquarters in USA and branches in India, and remain a part of our extended family set-up.