Records of Tata-Finlay Limited

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Board papers 1976-1979;
  • Shareholders records 1977;
  • Agreements 1964-1982;
  • Tata-Finlay advertising 1968-1979;
  • Tata-Finlay sale 1974-1977.

Administrative / Biographical History

Incorporated 1962  as joint venture with Tata Sons. Company was bought out by Tata and renamed Tata Tea Limited 1983 .

Tata Tea started in 1962  as Tata Finlay, a joint venture between the Tata group and James Finlay. In 1983 , the ownership of the company passed completely into the hands of the Tata group, and the company was named Tata Tea. In its new avatar the company decided to focus on branded products instead of commodity sales. It was at this point that the need for strong branding, became critical to guard Tata Tea from any fluctuations in the commodity market and to ensure its sustained growth.

James Finlay and McLeod Russel sold all their equity holdings to Tata Industries Ltd. Tata Industries offered the entire lot of 3.2 million shares at par to the present Indian shareholders of the Company in the proportion 2:3. Upon the change in the Shareholding of the company, the name of the company was changed from Tata-Finlay Limited to Tata Tea Limited. Tata Tea has ownership of five brands and their many variants. These include Tetley, Kanan Devan Gemini and Chakra Gold.

Cited from:

  • http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tata-global-beverages-ltd/infocompanyhistory/companyid-12929.cms
  • http://www.tata.com/article/inside/6yO10SqH23I=/TLYVr3YPkMU=

Arrangement

Files arranged as received

Conditions Governing Access

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures. Duplicates have been removed.

Accruals

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Location of Originals

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Bibliography

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Peter Morphew, Business Archive Cataloguer (James Finlay Ltd), January 2016.