Tata Consumer Products to transfer its tea chain to IHCL

Tata Consumer Products to transfer its tea chain to IHCL


Tata Consumer Products Ltd () on Thursday said it will transfer its tea cafe business ‘Tata Cha’ to group firm IHCL, which operates Taj group of hotels. Tata Cha would be of Qmin brand of IHCL, according to a statement.

“Tata Consumer Products continually evaluates its businesses in line with its strategy and business objectives. As a result of this process, the company has decided to transition its Tata Cha business — a tea cafe format Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain to Qmin-Shops operated by a subsidiary of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL),” TCPL, earlier known as Tata Global Beverages Ltd, said.

This will enable TCPL to better focus on its core FMCG business, it added.

Tata Cha currently has 12 stores across Bangalore serving beverages tea, coffee, coolers along with snacks and merchandise.

“The business is a good strategic fit for IHCL and can be synergised with their Qmin brand,” it said.

TCPL MD & CEO Sunil D’Souza said the move is in line with its strategy of streamlining and simplifying operations. “Though it is a relatively small venture in its current form, exiting Tata Cha will enable us to sharpen focus on our core FMCG business”.

IHCL operates hotels under the brands — Taj, SeleQtions, Vivanta and Ginger.

TCPL is already operating Tata Starbucks, a 50:50 joint venture with Starbucks Corporation, and operates around 224 stores in 18 cities.



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