Company History - Mohan Meakin
1934 - The Company was Incorporated at Simla Hills.
- The Company was formed to take over the business in India of
Meakin & Co. Ltd. which went into voluntary liquidation in
- The Company's object is to manufacture beers, I.M.F. spirits,
abrasive products, yeast, malt extract, fruit juices,
carbon-di-oxide gas etc.
- Presently, the Company is engaged in the production of
products-whiskies, rums, brandies, vodka, gins and beers and
non-alcoholic products - juice, vinegars, extracts, mineral
water and breakfast foods.
- The company exports alcoholic products, textile fabrics and
made-ups, leather garments and consumer durables.
1951 - 1,62,063 Bonus shares issued in the prop. 1:1.
1957 - The Company took over the business of the National Sand Paper
Mills (India) Ltd., at Ghaziabad which was engaged in the
manufacture of abrasive products. Its Sword brand abrasives
were popular in the market.
1958 - 81,040 Right shares issued at par in the prop. 1:4.
1959 - 1,62,066 right shares issued at a prem. of Rs.2 in prop. 2:5.
1962 - 5,67,232 bonus shares issued in the prop. 1:1.
1965 - 81,033 bonus shares issued in prop. 1:14 upto 31.3.1996, in
August 1966, 12,15,497 bonus shares issued in prop. 1:1.
1966 - With effect from 1st November, the name of the Company was
changed from Dyer Meaking Breweries Ltd., to Mohan Meakin
Breweries Ltd. The name was again changed to Mohan Meakin
1967 - Mysore Fruit Products Ltd., a Government of Karnataka
became a subsidiary of the Company with effect from 24th
1968 - In June, 24,30,994 bonus shares issued in prop. 1:1.
1970 - In August, 36,46,491 bonus shares issued in prop. 3:4.
1975 - The Company entered into a technical collaboration with Tashi
Commercial Corporation for bottling of IMFL spirits in
This plant was commissioned in November 1976.
- The Company entered into technical and financial
with Suva Co-operative Association Ltd., for setting up a
modern bottle manufacturing glass factory in Fiji. A new
under the name Mohan Fiji Glass Manufacturing Ltd., was
registered in Fiji for this purpose.
1978 - Negotiations were in final stages with Zupack Gesellscahft
Darmstadt, West Germany for setting up of a factory in India
the manufacture of packing machines and packaging materials.
This packaging system would ensure hygienic and pilfer proof
packaging would replace cans and bottles for filling of
dairy products, oils and lubricants etc.
- Management of another distillery in Eastern Bhutan at
Samdrupjongkhar was taken over and production was started
- A technical assistance agreement was entered into with Galot
Industries Ltd., Nairobi, Kenya for setting up a distillery
glass bottle making factory in that country. A new company
the name Mohan Meakin Kenya Ltd., was registered in Nairobi.
Approval of the Indian Government was received to invest upto
of the equity capital amounting to Rs.8 lakhs in the Kenya
- The Company entered into technical collaboration agreements
Artos Breweries Ltd., at Ramachandrapuram in Andhra Pradesh
M.P. Beer Products (P) Ltd., at Indore for the supply of
to those companies.
1979 - An agreement was signed with the West Germany collaborator. A
new company was registered under the name Mohan Zupack Ltd.,
was registered in Delhi.
- The Royal Government of Bhutan took over the production of
potable liquors throughout the country. The Company was
providing technical and managerial know-how and marketing of
products. A project report was also submitted to set up a
- A plant for bottling Indian Made Foreign Liquors was added in
M.P. Beer Products (P) Ltd.
1982 - Activities in the liquor field in Bhutan were expanded with
addition of Samchi distillery. A new brand of whisky under
name SPECIAL COURIER was introduced in Bhutan which was
reported to have compared with Scotch Whisky.
1983 - Mohan Breweries and Distilleries Ltd., Chennai with whom the
Company had a technical collaboration, obtained a licence for
manufacture of beer.
- Mohan Breweries & Distilleries Ltd., also set up a plant for
bottling IMFL production which was in progress.
- The Company signed MOU with Macdonald & Muir Ltd. Edinburgh,
Scotland (U.K) a Separate Joint Venture company was
under the name and style of Macdonald Mohan Distillers Ltd.
- The Company also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding
Marie Brizard & Rogers International for the purpose of
and marketing of various liquors. Under the proprietary
name of Marie Brizard. For this purpose a separate joint
company was floated and the company signed a MOU with
S.A. one of the worlds top five cognac and French Brandy
Manufacturers, for the purpose of bottling, distribution and
marketing of Larsen's cognac.
1986 - Though turnover declined only marginally, margins declined
steeply due to an increase in fuel and power costs, steep rise
U.P. export pass fee, and high costs involved in promotional
- The glass containers unit of Mohan Meakin (Kenya) Ltd., was
commissioned in May.
1987 - A new company under the name of Mohan Hokke Ltd., was promoted
the Company with Japanese collaboration.
1988 - As at 31st March, the Company held 91.9% of the equity
(1,29,800 No. of equity shares of Rs.10 each) of this
- The Company finalised arrangements to dispose of the entire
shareholdings in the subsidiary company to Audikeshavulu and
1991 - Profitability, suffered due to the necessity of giving
and incentives but for which even the turnover would have
- The Company issued 5,00,000 -14% secured non-convertible
debentures of Rs.100 each. These are redeemable at a prem. of
after the expiry of 7 years from 5th December.
1994 - New products viz. Highland Queen and 5 year old scotch whisky
1995 - The profits were also lower due to higher sales production
incentive schemes to combat the un-healthy market conditions.
- Two popular brands namely Highland Queen and Grand Reserve
were launched in the Indian Market.
- The Company entered into a collaboration with Kerala State
Industries Development & Employment Corporation Ltd.
for putting up a hand tools and fasteners complex at Athani
Trichur district of Kerala State.
- A new company under the name SIDECO MOHAN TOOLS KERALA LTD.,
to hold 49% of the capital and Sideco was to hold 51% SIDECO
Mohan Tools Kerala Ltd., was to act as a mother unit for
40 guaranteed engineer enterpreneurs. Work was going on as