Mr. M K Shah, the founding father of M K Tea Group, was a man of strength and vision. His clear goal was to become a market leader in the production and marketing of tea. Born in 1931 in a remote village of Gujarat, Shah showed early signs of possessing uncommon business acumen. At the age of 20, he migrated to Kolkata and took up a job at a private tea broking firm and this, as they say, is where it all began. Colonial India was at its peak and he started learning more about the business of tea. Popular amongst his clients for his valuable insights and passion for detail, he soon started his own private broking practice. Agency houses and smaller companies relied on his valuable offerings and quality products.
He frequently visited tea estates and learnt early that the largest successes was reserved for those who offered genuine teas on a consistent basis. He managed to create a personal goodwill for providing genuine teas at affordable rates - the likes of which was rare in those heady days of slash and earn. Progressing to a retail outlet in the coveted Bagri Market, Kolkata, he had on display the best tea blends there were to offer alongside the private broking wing of the company. It is often said that dreamers with determination are gifted with the wings they deserve. The company opened its doors to global sales with one of the most admired FMCG companies in Poland.
The company launched its maiden brand, M K Supreme, in 1984 through a tender for the Polish Government. Packets of MK Supreme eventually found their way into Russia and it became an instant hit with the locals there, who were looking for a strong brew at affordable prices. To cater to increasing demand for their products, the company introduced two other brands soon after- MK Sulaimanih and MK Rajah. These brands became a household name in Russia and are tea legends today, due to their consistency and quality over the years.
Like all growing businesses, backward integration became increasingly important, so Mr. Shah acquired the Nangdala Tea Estate in 1990 in the Dooars region of West Bengal. In 1999, he purchased the prestigious garden of Koilamari. By 2001, Williamson Magor's record deal added the renowned Tea Estates of Gingia, Seajuli and Majhulighur to M K Tea's collection. In May 2005 the group acquired "Rossell Industries" from M/s. Hindustan Lever, along with which came the seven prestigious tea estates of Panitola, Bokel, Nalani, Hattialli, Muttuck, Daisajan and Singlijan. The M K Group along with its host of allied business activities is today one of the leading producers and exporters of quality tea. M K Jokai Agri Plantations Ltd. & M K Tea (P) Limited stand as a premium company that has years of wisdom and Mr. Shah's determination for a brighter future.
Today, his presence is still alive in the workings of the company, where his philosophies are being embraced by his family of third generation entrepreneurs. Each member of this family-owned business has something unique to offer and is firmly committed to furthering the great man's vision.
Globally documented as P 126, this clone has been developed at the M K Tea Panitola Plant.