Demand for quality tea gardens remains robust despite shrinking margins

Margins are shrinking; prices are stagnant, but the demand for quality tea gardens remains as robust as ever


McLeod gardens, in a way, are basking in dual advantage

Ishita Ayan Dutt Kolkata
A proposed tea garden sale by McLeod Russel India, the tea producer from the storied business house of Kolkata, the Brij Mohan Khaitan group, has drawn interest from some reputable players, belying the myriad challenges that the industry often highlights.

In the world of tea, McLeod Russel is a behemoth – its 33 estates in Assam and Dooars (north Bengal) produce about 43 million kg (mkg), making it the largest in the country. The total production with their estates in Vietnam and Uganda stands at about 69 mkg.

The Khaitans, according to industry sources, are looking to offload 13 to 14 of its India estates to finance a one-time settlement (OTS) for its Rs 1,600 crore (principal) debt with banks.

First Published: Jun 23 2023 | 5:43 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to