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ABD Acquires Telangana Based Grain Distillery

Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt. Ltd (ABD) has recently acquired a grain distillery unit in Telangana. The first grain distillery in ABD’s list, Shasta Bio Fuels has a capacity to produce 160 KL of alcohol per day. This deal has cost ABD approximately 200 crores.

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According to official sources, the company will make an additional investment of ₹ 50 crores to upgrade the distillery by introducing state of art technology to improve efficiency of operation, value added byproducts and effluent treatment in the next 18 months. The acquisition is in line with ABD’s long term strategy of backward integration for security of supply of essential Raw materials-ENA and strengthening own production capabilities”. Shasta Bio Fuels is situated on National Highway No. 7 – Hyderabad – Bangalore highway on the bank of River Krishna at a distance of about 150 KM from Hyderabad Airport. This Plant will create employment and business opportunities in the state of Telangana. Shasta also has a captive power generation plant of 6.5 MW, which has some surplus power for export to state grid after meeting its own power needs.

Deepak Roy Executive Vice Chairman – Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt. Ltd said,“We at ABD are delighted with the acquisition of Shasta Bio Fuels in Telangana. This is the first Grain distillery of the company .With this acquisition we will be extending our presence in the newly formed state of Telangana. This acquisition is in line with ABD’s strategy of strengthening in house production capabilities”.

ABD claimed to be third largest spirits company in the country has been on an acquisitions drive since last two years. In the past it has acquired two units, Wales Distillers in West Bengal and Unokoti Distillers in Tripura. It is currently in talks to acquire a few other bottling units.

ABD achieved sales of 32 million cases in FY 14-15 which grew at exponential rate of 29% in FY’15 while the IMFL industry grew by 3% over the same period. ABD sales have grown at a CAGR of 21% over the last 5 years, which makes it one of the fastest-growing spirits companies in India. In the coming five years the company’s capex is expected to be in the region of ₹1000 crores.

About Rojita Tiwari

Drinks & Destinations is all about news, views, podcast, and stories from the world of drinks, travel, and hospitality…served just the way you like it. Rojita Tiwari is an independent writer, trainer, and consultant in the fields of wine & spirits, travel & hospitality. She is a WSET Level 3 certified professional and listed twice (2013 and 2015) as one of the TOP TEN WOMEN OF WINE IN INDIA by the Indian Wine Academy. With 14 years of experience of working for several publications including a decade-long experience of heading the editorial of a leading alco bev magazine, now she is mostly busy- tasting, traveling, writing, training and educating people about the wonderful world of wine & spirits. She also hosts India's first podcast on drinks and travel - The Drinks & Destinations Podcast. Tweet @rojitatiwari or connect with her on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com Cheers & Happy Reading!

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