Among the several brands that have come up in Bengal over the decades, there are a few which have left a commendable impression in the Indian market. They are not only household names in the state of West Bengal but are also familiar with people across the country. Let’s take a sneak peek into the top 10 brands originating in Bengal:
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Cookme is a household name in spices all over India, regarded for its penchant for quality; it has been enriching taste buds and health of millions of Indians across generations. Cookme products are made at its state-of-the-art plants in Kolkata and Bangalore. The brand has a clear objective to make cooking easy without compromising on taste. Cookme Spices came into being and nothing was the same again. Kolkata, the gastronome paradise was chosen as India’s first workshop of this unique venture.
P.C. CHANDRA JEWELLERS
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P C Chandra Jewellers is a household name of East India, enjoying the trust and admiration of its patrons for almost eight decades now. It started in 1939 with its first showroom in Bow bazaar, North Kolkata. A wedding in West Bengal is incomplete without the artistic designs and fine craftsmanship of P C Chandra Jewellers. Over these decades, it has 11 showrooms in Kolkata and has spread its wings across 23 towns in West Bengal and 7 cities in India- Agartala, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Noida, Bangalore, Jamshedpur and Mumbai.
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The organization is an apex body of all the primary fishermen’s co-operative societies in the State and was established in the year 1978. Benfish started its journey with a meager working capital of only rupees 2 lacs. After traversing a long path with various obstacles in its way for more than a quater of a century it has emerged as an idol of co-operative movement not only in the State but also in the country. This organization has made spectacular progress in the last 37 years in both inland and marine sectors of the State by extending its diversified activities in fishery related schemes.
MOHENDRA DUTT & SONS
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Mohendra Dutt & Sons is the decade old company into the business, working as a reputed manufacturer, supplier and trader of Rain Coats, Baby Mats, Air Pillow, Jackets, Hot Water Bags and many more. To win and retain fatith of valuable customers, quality is something on which they pay high attention. They also undertake responsibility of testing all the products and allowing the same for the dispatch after ensuring perfection.
KC DAS SWEETS
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KC Das is an Indian confectionary famous for its sweets and snacks. It is especially known for the white spongy Rassogolla in Bengal, invented by the founder Nobin Chandra Das in the year 1966. It was a humble beginning in a tiny, obscure corner in Bagbazar in North Kolkata. Now the brand is available in top metro cities of the country.
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Bengal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Limited established in 1901, is a Public Sector undertaking of the Government of India and India’s first pharmaceutical company. The company was started by Prafulla Chandra Roy in Kolkata and has since manufactured such household Indian products as ‘Hospitol’, ‘Naphthalene balls’, ‘Phenyl’.
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Khadim’s was established in 1965 with the acquisition of a small shop in Chitpur by Late. Sri Satya Prasad Roy Burman. Through the next many years, the company was involved in whole-selling and distribution of branded basic utility footwear. From 1993, with its foray into retailing, Khadim’s emerged as a popular fashion footwear brand, as also one of the leading organized footwear retailers in India. Today, under the able leadership of Chairman and Managing Director, Mr. Siddhartha Roy Burman, Khadim’s has grown to over 650 retail outlets in 24 states nationally.
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The West Bengal State Handloom Weavers ‘Co-operative Society’ Limited known as “Tantuja” which means products of ‘tantu’ i.e. cloth was established in 1954 by the Government of West Bengal for marketing of handloom products produced by the members of Primary Weavers Co-operative Societies so as to develop the handloom sector of the State. Tantuja has been marketing a wide range of handloom products which includes Jamdani sarees, Baluchari sarees, Tangail sarees and many more.
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Senco Gold is a name that evolves from trust, exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs in gold, diamond jewellery and silver items and artifacts. The organization also sells astral gems, precious and semi precious stones. The company has a state-of-the-art manufacturing unit which offers outstanding quality of Gold and Diamond product collection, from traditional to contemporary designs. The Company strode into the limelight of international fame through participation in gold exhibition like ‘Sonar Sansar’ in Kolkata and many such fairs in Kochi, Hyderabad, Mumbai several times.
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It was in 1929 that the course of personal care in Bengal changed forever. Merchant Gourmohon Dutta came up with a magic in a tube. Boroline. From cuts, to burns; from rashes to scratches, it was touted to be a single solution for matters related to skin. Boroline reached the status of a legendary brand, bolstered by the immortal “Bongo Jeeboner Ango” line written by a then-unknown copywriter, Rituparno Ghosh, and the well known jingle “Surobhito Antiseptic Cream, Boroline.” Never has any Bengali brand reached such levels where an entire race would be identified with it.