The business started in 1867 by
an English trader of yore, Mr. J.H.Aspinwall, in the coastal
town of Cochin in the southwestern coast of India. Beginning
with trading in coconut oil, pepper, timber and spices to Europe
as well as ship-building, the company grew as a quality supplier
over the years and later diversified and consolidated into shipping
services, coffee, coir and rubber businesses.
With the independence of the Indian Union and
changes in the industrial policy of the new democracy, the foreign
interests started to liquidate their share in the business.
The erstwhile rulers of the princely state of Travancore who
owned part of the company were offered the entire interests
in the company, and in 1971 the ownership passed over to the
royal family of Travancore.
While the shipping
services are handled from all the major ports in India, coffee
business is handled from the coastal town of Mangalore, coir
business from Alleppey, rubber plantations from a tiny hamlet,
Pullangode, in the northeast of the state of Kerala.
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