The 150 year-old Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation, Limited entered the plantation business in 1913. Today its plantations in the hills of South India cover 2,822 hectares under tea. These plantations are located in prime plantation areas, producing 8 million kgs of tea annually. Preserving the aroma, flavour and distinct taste of classic Indian tea, BBTCL is one of the most experienced and highly respected business houses in the country. Operating for the last 150 years, we hold the distinction of being amongst the most eminent and reputed manufacturers and exporters of naturally grown “ Organic Tea”.
The BBTCL was incorporated in 1863 and is the oldest Rupee company in India founded with public participation. As the name suggests, the company in its early years, dealt with trading of timber from Burma (now Myanmar). It was not until 1913 that we turned our attention to tea plantations. After learning about the areas suitable for tea plantations in South India, we decided to invest there and opened our first estates in the Anamallai hills of Coimbatore District in Tamil Nadu.
By 1926, we established “The Mudis Group of estates”, which today comprises of five estates and four factories having 1,863 hectares for tea plantation. It was also at this time that we acquired land in further south (at the tip of the Indian peninsular) and founded “The Singampatti Group” which today has three estates, covering 804 hectares and having three factories. In addition, we (BBTC, as popularly known in South India) acquired Dunsandle Estate (155 hectares) in the Nilgiris, which is one of the earliest planted estates in South India. Today, we have 2,822 hectares under tea and produce about 8 million kgs of tea annually.