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Basmati Billionaires: 'We are born in rice'

Basmati Billionaires: 'We are born in rice'

November 29, 2017 09:04 IST

The promoter family of KRBL reaps gains from high demand for the rice variety in India and overseas.
An India Gate basmati ad. Courtesy: India Gate
The promoters of KRBL, which makes the popular India Gate basmati rice, raised Rs 15 crores through an initial public offering in 1995.
Twenty-two years later, the country’s most profitable basmati rice company has a market capitalisation of nearly Rs 15,000 crores.

The KRBL stock has made handsome gains since last November, rising 194 per cent from a 52-week-low of Rs 228.90 to hit a new high of Rs 672.90 early this month. It closed at Rs 624.35 on the BSE on Tuesday.

The rally has turned the promoter family, Anil Mittal and brothers, into the country’s first basmati billionaire. With their 59 per cent stake in the company, the family’s wealth is now estimated at Rs 8,700 crores ($1 billion is equal to Rs 6,517 crores at the current exchange rate).

Mr Anil Mittal, CMD receiving the Agriculture Leadership Award 2017 at the 10th Global Agriculture Leadership Awards Committee 2017 for dominant position in agro exports and our efforts in reaching out to farmers to improve their production quality and empower them financially. Courtesy: India Gate Rice/Facebook
IMAGE: Anil Mittal (in a blue vest), chairman and managing director, KRBL, that produces and markets India Gate rice, receiving the Agriculture Leadership Award 2017 at the 10th Global Agriculture Leadership Awards Committee 2017 for dominant position in agro exports. Courtesy: India Gate Rice MENA/Facebook.
KRBL, named after Mittal’s forefathers Khushi Ram and Behari Lal, the two brothers who founded this company in Pakistan’s Lyallpur in 1989 and the family shifted to India in 1947, earned a record profit of Rs 400 crores on revenues of Rs 3,148 crore last year.

During the first half of FY18, its profit surged 35 per cent to Rs 242 crores.

Two of KRBL’s listed peers -- LT Foods and Kohinoor Foods -- were nowhere close to its profitability. LT Foods, which clocked revenues similar to KRBL, made a profit of Rs 71 crores in the first half of 2017-2018, while Kohinoor’s profit was just Rs 5 crores.

India Gate Basmati rice. Courtesy: India Gate
“We feel proud about this growth in valuations. The main driver is our brand and its demand in India and overseas. Our rice commands a premium in the domestic market and export realisation is higher than industry average,” said Mittal, chairman and managing director, KRBL. 

Export brings little over one-third of the revenues, and the company claims a 33 per cent share in the domestic branded basmati market.
Being a diabetic, Mittal avoids rice, but he enjoys the aroma of his success. He counts the names of top domestic and global food companies that struggled to carve success in the basmati rice market. Multinationals like Cargill, Olam, Unilever, and PepsiCo tried their hands years ago and decided to quit.

An India Gate basmati ad. Courtesy: India Gate
Mittal recalls how a meeting was set between him and Cargill’s management in Gurgaon to discuss business. “They wanted the same quality of rice like India Gate. They wanted me to create my own competition. I was told that there is a queue of people waiting to sell to Cargill. But I told them that I am not desperate. I told them that they have touched a wrong business. They went out of basmati in two years.”

But Mittal has had his learning from these MNCs. “You get to learn excellent systems and transparency from these big multinationals.”

Domestic FMCG major ITC also falls in the list of companies that experimented with basmati. Patanjali is among the new entrants. “Patanjali is doing fantastic in many products but I am yet to see their success in rice,” said Mittal, whose company is nearly debt free, except a loan of Rs 95 crores in the wind power business.

“We are born in rice. We have worked day and night. Rice is not a business where you stop working after 6 pm. You have to be into it,” says the 66-year-old businessman, who started his career with rice trading in early 1970s and went on to set up the company’s first rice plant in 1990 by investing Rs 25 lakhs. From a milling capacity of six tonnes an hour and a single plant, KRBL today has four plants with a total capacity of 195 tonnes an hour.

An India Gate basmati ad. Courtesy: India Gate
Mittal says the Indian market is very difficult. “Outside, if you need paddy for rice production, you just need to call a broker and you will get clean, dry paddy to your specifications. Here, you have to buy 25 to 30 bags from every mandi (wholesale market). When paddy is harvested, we end up procuring from 300 to 400 mandis in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh,” he says.

From the stage of procurement till the paddy enters a plant, he says, there are several challenges, such as gaps in weighing and loss in transportation. “There is connivance at various levels of this chain. You have to keep your eyes open. So many rice varieties look like basmati, and if you don’t have the expertise, you could land in trouble. We have a system that enables us to sustain competition and maintain quality.”

Another thing that can kill you is high interest burden, explains Mittal. “If the interest outgo is under control and you are able to command a good price in the market, you can taste success.” He says losing money is not advisable in any business even if you have deep pockets.

KRBL, backed by its financial strengths, builds large quantities of rice stocks in years when the paddy price is low. The company had a stock of 300,000 tonnes of rice as of September 30. This stock alone is worth over Rs 1,500 crores. The cost of this rice is just Rs 36 a kg against the current paddy price of Rs 32 (which translates into a rice cost of Rs 50 to Rs 55 a kg).
India Gate Basmati rice brings the family together. Courtesy: India Gate
IMAGE: India Gate basmati rice brings the family together is the message of an advertisement from the company. Courtesy: India Gate.
“I am sitting in a very comfortable position. My export realisation is Rs 80 a kg, and in domestic, it is around Rs 50-60 a kg,” he says.

Of the 100 million tonnes rice annually produced in India, Mittal says only 6 per cent is basmati. “But, of this 6 million, only two million tonnes is domestic consumption, and the rest is exported. This two million can more than double in the next few years. We are ready. We have to take this company from Rs 15,000 crores to Rs 30,000 crores,” he says.

Mittal is certain that the family will never trade in company’s shares. “Our position will remain unchanged even if the share goes up to Rs 900 tomorrow or comes down for any reason. Our business is to make money from rice,” he says.

How to Start Rice Business?

How to Start Rice Business?

Rice is the staple food of several Asian countries. Suffice to say rice business is very common in these countries.
But this doesn't mean that western or any other countries are not up with this kind of business. In this article you can have an overview of how to start rice business.
start rice business
Of course, in any kind of business feasibility study or the planning stage is always the first step to take. Ask yourself what kind of rice business you want: rice farming business, rice dealership business, rice mill business, and wholesale or retail rice selling business.
With rice farming business, obviously you will need a large parcel of land. You will need excellent irrigation system, the best seeds, the best fertilizers, the most effective pesticides, harvester, seeders and tractors for plowing the land. These are just the basic necessities of this kind of rice business for you to be able to start and eventually and hopefully sell after the harvest season.
Rice mill business is also a good rice business. You will need a huge barn or storage area for the produce that will be milled and that has been milled. You will also need to invest for a rice milling machine. Proper maintenance of the rice milling machine is very important in this kind of business.

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It is better to purchase a new one rather than a refurbished one. Refurbished rice milling machine may be cheaper but in the long run it will be more costly for you due to the high cost of maintenance and probably for the repair of the machine. You will also need to hire an operator of your rice milling machine.
With rice dealership business and with any kind of business for that matter, you need to apply for a business license. You need to look for a big storage room for the sacks of rice that will be delivered to you. You will also need to scout for a good location for your rice dealership business. You also have to implement FIFO (first in first out policy).
You need to have several varieties of rice, so that your customers will have several options. Get a comprehensive non-life insurance policy for your business; make sure that you include the clause regarding “Acts of God” in your insurance policy. Better be insured than be sorry.
The guidelines regarding rice dealership business may also apply with the retail and wholesale business. An additional guideline for this business is to ask for referrals from companies and friends. And be prepared to loose. If there are there peak season in any business of course there will also be lean season. So you have to prepare yourself for this scenario. Make alternative plans prior to the lean season month/s. Offer discounts and other marketing strategies during this season.

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    @narasimha goud goud, before we talk about anything else lets start with your budget and land. write back with what is your budget and how much land you have. Do you have any collateral or not?
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    @Linto, If you want to trade rice from Uttar Pradesh to Kerala. You only need to register your firm in sales tax office of your state, Once you get the registration number you can start trading rice from any mill in Uttar Pradesh. There is no license needed to trade rice within india. Manufacture will issue the Bill to your firm and then you can sell it with your desired rates.
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    @narasimha, You cannot setup a good rice mill with Rs. 40 lacs. You have to buy machinery, you have to invest on building and warehouse and the most important investment is Working Capital. If your bank can finance you Rs.2 Crores as Term Loan and Rs. 1 Crore as working capital then only you can jump into this business. Discuss it with your bank, As your bank may finance you after evaluating the Value of your Properties.
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    i am a business man it is not the ground for new people as it is tough and highly competitive. i am having two firms it is not so profitable as you thing in india if you can export and set an international market then it will be good the rice price is going high the reason is export the mill owners sell rice outside the country more profit if they have rice they simply ignore hoping the market to further rise up and they can sell on more margin, i can arrange almost all sorts of rice from india to any part of world and inside india if interested mail me edwingeorgebcg@gmail.com
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    Dear Sir/Madam, I am Kunthea, 19 years old, I am Cambodian. I'm looking forward to start my university in June in majoring Business administration. My parents have a family business which is a small rice mill in Cambodia. Hence, I want to be a rice dealer. firstly, I want to run this kind of business around Cambodia and ambitiously in Southeast Asia. Hopefully, my parents will invest with me. But they don't trust about my age to run this business. Does age matter in Business? I want to be a rice dealer while I'm studying in order to save money for studying abroad. I would like to know some hints on Rice Dealership Business. I apologize for any mistakes. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Best Regards, Kunthea (kun7hea@yahoo.com)
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    After going through this blog, I thought its worth putting some extra information about rice mill plant and machinery. As everyone know, the main hassle in starting rice mill business is big investment in plant and machinery. I guess not now anymore. We deal in complete rice mill plant which is cost efficient and low maintenance as well. If anyone is interested for more information, I can be contacted through my email( santoshnp@yahoo.com).
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    sir/madam i already have a stable rice mill in sambhal(u.p) india. and want to expand it now... so plzz can u advice me how to do import from india. how to get the parties outside india... at the same time can u advice me the country where i have good opportunities, thanking you
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    sir gud day,, i have already started operating a small retail and wholesale rice shop,, i want to improve it but i dont have the money to augment my business, where can i borrow? benguet rice dealer, puguis, la trinidadd, benguet
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    I have my fathers rice mill in polonnaruwa sri lanka it has be given to rent so after it finishes i want to start the rice mill with a modernize method please give me some idea how to start how much capital i need to start the business,.
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    hi sir this is anitha i want to start rice business in hyd with an investment of 20 lackhs can you suggest me good area in city
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  • Rahul said on July 5, 2011
    Hi, I am looking to start a small rice mill possibly in Karnal District. As I am not from an agricultural background I am not sure how rice mill business works. I have 50 lacs which I know is not enough but I can take loan as well. I want to setup a 2/4 tonne rice mill. As far as I understand I could get paddy from mandi and process it. But I am not sure where and how we sell it. How about exporting it. I want to process mainly basmati rice. Where I can get good quality and cheap rice mill. Please help me with the information so that I could start my business. Please contact em via email rahul1981@hotmail.com. Early reply would be appreciated. Regards Rahul
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  • Amit Sharma expert adviser said on July 7, 2011
    @Rahul, A feasible rice mill cant start with the budget of Rs. 50 lakhs.
    Even you manage to get the loan you need more than 50 lakhs as working capital.
    Dont trust the people committing you that they can setup a good rice mill in less than 50 lakhs, there are lots of frauds roaming in this business all over india.
    I request the readers of this blog "Consult a milling technologist before starting any food processing industry"
    Amit Sharma (amitsharma@consultant.com)
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  • tanuja said on July 10, 2011
    can we need to take license from govt, if we, then whom to we consult and what are the basic requirements/needs to start a rice mil.
  • Amit Sharma expert adviser said on July 11, 2011
    @tanuja, To start a rice mill first you need minimum of 2 Acres of  land, Atleast Rs. 2 Crores for 4 TPH Rice Mill and Approx Same amount for the working capital. The main advantage of this business is that you need not rely on the local market as Govt. itself is the primary consumer of your finished product.
    Amit Sharma (amitsharma@consultant.com)
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  • Rakib said on July 13, 2011
    Dear sir, I am Rakib from Bangladesh. I am a student. In future i want start a auto rice mill in Magura district of Khulna division in Bangladesh. suggest me for the the initial investment and land required for a Auto rice mill. and also suggestions for the support(financial) of my business.Please help me. Thank you.
  • Engr. Md. Monowar Kabir said on July 13, 2011
    Dear Mr. Rakib, I am Engr. Md. Monowar Kabir (B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic) and I am working on turnkey project for Auto Rice Milling Plant in Bangladesh as a consultant. I did some good project from feasibility study to complete plant but need full support the person who wants to set up fully Automatic Rice Processing Plant from (Pre Cleaner of Paddy, Parboiling and Drier Plant, Complete Rice Milling Plant). If you need more details, please contact with me by e-mail mieee94@gmail.com or mobile no. +8801817519708 Thank you.
  • Rahul said on July 13, 2011
    @Amit Sharma. Thanks for your advise. Is there any way I can speak to you regarding my queries. If yes please send me an email with your contact details at rahul1981@hotmail.com please. Thanks Again Rahul
  • vasanthi said on July 16, 2011
    i m staying in vizag. want to start a business. could u suggest me.
  • john akinsanya said on July 20, 2011
    hello to you all,i have a financial company who are ready to finance a rice business for me basically on importation to NIGERIA. i need someone who can write a good business plan, financial summary, feasibility study for me as soon as possible should contact me immediately. thanks
  • suraj patnaik said on July 28, 2011
    How to manage rice mill, the structure the work flow, labours, distributions and how to receive orders and what will be the average rate of profit or minimum profit annually. Bhubaneswar orissa.
  • Tanay ganguly said on July 29, 2011
    Hi, I want to start the business with a auto rice mill. But I don't know the procedure and what machinaries are needed and how much money needed for in it at my native district.
  • Amit Sharma expert adviser said on July 31, 2011
    @Tanay ganguly, There are 2 types of Rice Mill,
    1. To Produce Raw Rice from Paddy
    2. To Produce Par-boiled Rice from Paddy
    A Feasible  Automatic Rice Mill With Parboiled Section has the minimum capacity of 4 Ton/Hr  and this project cost is Approx. 3 Crores, Same project with semi-automation will cost you Approx. 2.5 Crores. almost same amount you need for working capital.
    To start this business, first you need at least 2 Acres of Land and then meet a MILLING TECHNOLOGIST who will design your plant as per your requirement and Budget you have.
    There are few other options to start this business with less investment like you can setup a semi-automatic Raw rice plant with the capacity of 3 Ton/Hr with a small budget of Rs. 70 Lakhs for Plant & Machinery and Rs. 1 Crore for working Capital.  
    Amit Sharma (amitsharma@consultant.com)
    Milling Technologist
  • mamidala srinivasarao said on August 5, 2011
    i m staying in kakinada. want to start a Rice Milling Plant. could u suggest me.
  • Thomas George said on August 6, 2011
    Dear sir, From where I can find good quality of PABOILED RICE in India. Thanks and Regards, Thomas George M/s.Alps Trading LLC,Dubai-U.A.E
  • pramod poddar said on August 10, 2011
    We have in store with us supreme quality Rice of all kinds, for any q.for rice cont. us pramod.kpoddar@gmail.com 09999036719
  • Rahamthulla beginner adviser said on August 11, 2011
    Hi We offer consultation services for new rice mills. we undertake entire process of installation and post production. Call me at 08686153789.
    Ph: 08686153789
  • imran said on August 13, 2011
    hi. we offer to start for new rice mill .you do the better business of rice mill because off we have big experience of quality control things. so many things in rice business so you better to contact this number i told you many things. imran khan pakistan ph.0092-0332-4651001
  • Piyush singh said on August 20, 2011
    I want to supply non basmati rice.Ad Bihar produces huge amount of rice.That can be sourced at competitive price any interested party let me know. piyush1977@gmail.com. regards Piyush Singh
  • Satyaprakash said on August 24, 2011
    I want to know whether government of India is providing any financial assistance(i.e. Subsidy) to Rice mills or not.
  • Amit Sharma expert adviser said on August 27, 2011
    @Satyaprakash, Yes, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, India is providing the subsidy for Grain Milling Sector, namely, Flour Mill, Rice Mill, Pulse Milling.
    Amit Sharma (amitsharma@consultant.com)
    Milling Technologist
  • shahzain said on September 1, 2011
    hello i want to start a rice mill on my farms in pakistan vehari so plz tell how much capital is required
  • HY Dola said on September 1, 2011
    Hello, I would like to know how could I start rice mill for sale to the market in my country (Cambodia)? And I have import Rice Milling Machine From Korea but I can't sale it because of the price about the quality it's good. please, help me how could I do?
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  • ravi said on September 7, 2011
    i want to set up my rice business in the form of exporter. kindly suggest me for initial investment which can be done in exporting the rice to other countries. how to get international clients to sell the rice.
  • Okey said on September 11, 2011
    This is a registered company here in Nigeria we are seeking for rice mill investor, that we will partner with us to set up modern rice mill here in Nigeria since there is no modern rice mill plant here, and the country has been rated among the largest food importing country in the world which rice is taking major part.Do contact me through my email here for further negotiation, chubyinvestment@gmail.com
  • sk shan said on September 13, 2011
    i want to setup rice milling plant in odisha minimum 600bag per production. please guide
  • karamsingh said on September 14, 2011
    for every person who is starting a rice business once again think because not profitable from last two years
  • RAJA said on September 14, 2011
    Hi Dear, I have a small business of trading rice in odisha, I am collecting rice from farmers & supplies to wholesaler inside odisha. Kindly let me know what will be the tax rate for this type of sale & what type of license to obtain from the govt. regd RAJA
  • Mohd aminu yusuf said on September 16, 2011
    Hi, am from nigeria, i would like to import rice, can u tell me the procedures? thanks
  • ESHWARAN said on September 16, 2011
    i am staying in chennai and doing business of rice trading. i would like to know whether i have to register under TNVAT Act or not with reasons...
  • geetha said on September 18, 2011
    Hi, I am Geetha living in US on L1 visa... Our relatives have a rice mill production in AndhraPradesh which is well established and already in rice supplying since 10 or above years.. Since we are in US now, they want to expand their business and start the export to US.. Need help in going through the process on how to start up.. Thanks and Regards, Geetha.
  • Sanjeev pandey said on September 30, 2011
    Hi i am sanjeev and i want to start business rice wholesaler dealer what's up formalities is required in tax and license etc... Thanks
  • Edward said on October 13, 2011
    I have purchased a rice milling machine and need to know the best place to locate my business. I live in the city of Nairobi, Kenya and rice growing area is 220Km away. There are many customers in the Nairobi for processed rice and by-products and I can manage better while near the miller. However rent and transport (from farms)is expensive. Locating the mill near the rice farms is cheaper but difficult to manage while too far away. Please guide me on best decision to make.
  • pothuganti srinivas novice adviser said on October 13, 2011
    sir, i am Indian but now i am working Cambodia new rice,solvent and power plant projects as a g.m.i have seen your total clients questions. I am feel very happy. from 1975 i am in parboiled rice mill field.you want any small advises free of cost about rice milling,parboiling process and rice trading of (steam,raw,parboiled and half boiled)rice.this is only my hobby.and any 12 ton to 20 ton rice or pbrm owners want to my service at Andrapradesh or other country i am ready to do.my date of birth 20-11-1960.Thanking you sir/madam.
  • kulbhushan said on October 13, 2011
    Hello all, I am interested in setting up a rice mill in sirsa district of harayana India, I would like to set up a 3tonne /hour rice plant and would invest up to Rs 2 crores rest i want to take term loan and bank limit. please tell me how much subsidy is given by Haryana or central government and would it be viable to set up a rice mill.
  • thomas said on October 15, 2011
    I am planning to start up a rice mill with approx 3 tons per hour capacity. in Narasarao pet (guntur) is it profitable or not
  • Priyanka said on October 16, 2011
    Hi, I want to know is there any kind of government License for selling rice business in India in 2 or 5 kg packet. Thanks, Priyanka
  • yuvaraj said on October 19, 2011
    hi, i am yuvaraj from arni tamil nadu i have a rice mill. I want to export rice how i start and how many risk in this exports...
  • Sanjeet Kumar said on October 21, 2011
    Hello Amit, I have planned to establish rice mill(automatic) 2-3 TPH. I have enough land (more than 2 acre) and capital (2-3 cr with bank subsidy). This mill is proposed to established in the state of Bihar near by border of Nepal. As a milling technologist , I would like to know your roles to initiate the project (end to end) and how will you assist me at initial stage. Thank you, Sanjeet
  • g.rama krishna said on October 27, 2011
    Hai this is ramakrishna from vizag i want to start a rice business in my home town the thing is i dont have any experience in this field i have already taken my vat registration certificate now i am thinking is it the right step what i have taken my friends are saying that without any experience in this field how u will be able to do this business i left my job to start this business pls suggest me what i have to do and the steps to be taken in the initial stages of my business
  • orvaah said on October 28, 2011
    in the process of getting started as soon as possible the strategy is handy. already have naturally endowed of the products, i need land mark plan and necessary machines layout system with any other details in regards to mills .
  • Gurubasava said on October 31, 2011
    I am a last year MBA student after the course, I want start a rice mill in Raichur district in Karnataka India. suggest me for the the initial investment and land required for a small rice mill. and also suggestions for the support(financial) of my business.


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