Founded in 1925 as a plantation company, AVT (A. V. Thomas Group) is a family owned, professionally managed group of companies with its headquarters in Chennai, India.
In 1925, a young Indian entrepreneur, Alfred Vedam Thomas, bought 100 hectares of grassland in Pasuparai, Tamil Nadu, considered completely unsuitable to grow tea. At a time when plantations were strictly under the jurisdiction of the British, A.V. Thomas went on to not only transform Pasuparai into one of the highest yielding tea plantations in the nation, but also to become the first Indian to own a plantation company. Thus the AVT Group was born.
With this entrepreneurial spirit, AVT ventured into multiple new business areas to meet rapidly changing needs in India and beyond. In addition to plantations, the company’s portfolio now includes Consumer Products, Natural Food Ingredients, Nutraceuticals and Leather Products.
What sets AVT apart is our ability to identify opportunities, quickly diversify and emerge as a leader in our chosen business areas. Paramount to our success has been our ability to continually forge strong, reliable and trusting partnerships with some of the biggest international names in the industry, such as McCormick, Gavia and Kemin Industries.
Our passion for new initiatives, commitment to quality, emphasis on ethical business practices and preference for long-term business partnerships, has enabled us to not only create world-class businesses, but also become one of South India’s most respected family enterprises.
A.V. Thomas & Company Limited is a pioneering company in The AVT Group and one of the top players in the branded packaged tea market in India. Its flagship brand ‘AVT Premium’ is the second largest selling dust tea brand in the country.
The company’s success has been attributed to its ability to set and adhere to the highest quality control standards, to continuously develop products tailored to meet the needs of regional consumers and to consistently supply them via its extensive distribution network.