DR. LALIT KHAITAN
Chairman and Managing Director
Radico Khaitan Limited (RKL) is one of the oldest and the largest manufacturers of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in India. Formerly known as Rampur Distillery, RKL commenced its operations in 1943 and over the years, emerged as a major bulk spirits supplier and today, it is one of the most admired liquor brands across the country.
With over 75 years of experience in spirits making, Radico Khaitan has evolved from being just a distiller of spirits for others to a leading IMFL company with a highly reputable brand portfolio. Driven by the vision of the promoters, Radico Khaitan Limited started its own brands in 1998 with the launch of 8PM Whisky. From building a strong manufacturing platform and developing a robust pan India distribution network to expanding its premium brand portfolio, Radico has come a long way. RKL is one of the few companies in India to have developed its entire brand portfolio organically, with in-house capabilities. This is a true testament to the company’s focus on innovation, R&D strength and understanding of customer preferences.
With over 15 brands including four millionaire brands in its portfolio – 8PM Whisky, Magic Moments Vodka, Contessa XXX Rum and Old Admiral Brandy - the rich history of over 75 years continues to set the pace for today and shape the business outlook for tomorrow.
One of the country’s most prestigious and valuable companies with a strong brand portfolio, Radico Khaitan Limited is also one of the largest providers of branded IMFL to the Canteen Stores Department (“CSD”), which has significant business barriers to entry. The company has been successfully building its brand equity in international markets and currently exports its products to over 85 countries.
The Company currently has two distilleries- Rampur Distillery in Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) and Radico NV Distilleries Maharashtra Limited, a joint venture with RNV in Aurangabad (Maharashtra). The company has a total capacity of over 157 million litres and operates 28 bottling units, spread across the country.
All the leading publications including The Economic Times, Business Today Magazine, The Financial Express, Business Standard, Forbes and Fortune listed Radico Khaitan Limited among the top 500 in the list of India’s most valuable companies. In one of the significant achievements in 2020, when the entire industry and the economy were trying to overcome numerous challenges, Radico Khaitan managed to become a Fortune 500 company as well.