LT Foods Ltd is an India-based company. The company is engaged in the manufacture and sale of rice under the brand DAAWAT. They also manufacture and market parboiled rice. Their product is marketed in more than 50 countries. The company's brand portfolio includes DAAWAT Traditional Basmati Rice, DAAWAT Biryani Basmati Rice, DAAWAT Pulav Basmati Rice, DAAWAT Super Basmati Rice and DAAWAT Rozana. Their product portfolio also includes brown rice, white rice, steamed rice, parboiled rice and organic rice. Their product range includes Select, Gold Basmati Rice, Super, Chef's Secretz, Rozana, Devaaya Basmati Rice, Brown Rice, and Heritage.
LT Foods Ltd was incorporated on October 16, 1990 as a private limited company with the name LT Overseas Pvt Ltd. In the year 1993, the company started their operations using certain processing facilities of Lal Chand Tirath Ram Rice Mills (LCTRRM), an associate concern, on lease. In the year 1993, they got their registration as manufacturer exporter from APEDA. In May 3, 1994, the company was converted into a public limited company and the name was changed to LT Overseas Ltd.
During the year 1994-95, the company filed the draft prospectus with SEBI and Stock Exchanges in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. The object of the issue was to part finance the expansion programme for setting up a milling plant with a capacity of 2 MTPH. They received the observation letter from SEBI but they did not take the matter forward on account of the then prevailing poor conditions in the capital markets.
In the year 1995, the company set up milling capacity (paddy to rice) of 4 MTPH, at Sonepat. During the year 1995-96, the company registered the brand 'DAAWAT' in United States of America. During the year 1997-98, they received 'APEDA Export award' for outstanding contribution to promotion of agricultural and processed food products during the year 1996-97. In March 26, 1999, they took over the business of Lal Chand Tirath Ram Rice Mills having milling capacity of 6 MTPH, thus increasing the total milling capacity to 10 MTPH.
During the year 1999-2000, the company was recognized as Star Trading House by Government of India. They launched the brand 'DAAWAT' in Mauritius, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. They started setting up a new manufacturing facility at Bahalgarh, Haryana and in December 2000, they commenced commercial production.
During the next two years, they launched the brand 'DAAWAT' in Australia and Canada. During the year 2002-03, the company increased the capacity in Bahalgarh unit from 4 TPH to 10 TPH, making the total capacity to 16 MTPH. During the year 2003-04, they received Award from APEDA for export promotion and quality development of Basmati Rice.
During the year 2004-05, the company increased the capacity in Bahalgarh unit from 10 TPH to 12 TPH, making the total capacity to 18 MTPH. Also, they received India Star Award from Indian Institute of Packaging during the year. During the year 2006-07, the company increased the total production capacity from 18 MTPH to 27 MTPH. Also, they inaugurated the Silos Complex during the year.
During the year 2007-08, the company set up a state of the art plant at Mandideep, Bhopal (MP). The production capacity of the company's main plant at Bahalgarh was increased from 27 MTPH to 33 MTPH. With this addition, the total capacity increased to 50.50 MTPH. Also, they started Sales Depot operation in Chennai, to provide better services to our esteem customers of Tamil Nadu state.
During the year, the company invested in LT Infotech (P) Ltd which is in to the business of telecommunication and which has entered in to a joint venture with Cordia International. In December 2007, the company's wholly owned subsidiary LTO North America Inc acquired Kusha Inc, a largest distribution company in U.S. with the brand name 'ROYAL'. With this acquisition, the company increased their market share in the US market from 7% to 52%.
During the year 2008-09, the company incorporated LT Agri Services Pvt Ltd as a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Daawat Foods Ltd. In September 25, 2008, the name of the company was changed from LT Overseas Ltd to LT Foods Ltd to match the vision of the company of becoming a Leading Global Food Company.
The company was conferred with APEDA Export Award in this year for the performance pertaining to year 2007-08. Also, Daawat Foods Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary company received Export Excellence award for their excellence in operations and export by State of Madhya Pradesh in their first full year of operations.
During the year 2009-10, the company bagged the 'Wheat Silos Project' on Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis for a period of 30 years from Punjab State Grains Procurement Corporation Ltd, Government of Punjab for storage and handling of 50,000 MT of wheat. The company's flagship brand, 'Daawat' increased its presence across the length and breadth of the country.
The company, together with their subsidiary companies, is embarking on new food products like Fast Cooking Brown Rice, Rice Cakes, Rice Chips and several rice based snacks. The company is also exploring other segments in the food industry in addition to contemplating line extensions in order to pursue sustainable growth.