When Vijay Kumar Shah (Chairman, JGI) returned to Nepal from the USA in 1969 after finishing his studies, the traditional method of making alcohol was still prevalent in his family business. Mr. Shah dreamt of bringing a modern plant to Nepal and passionately worked towards it until Jawalakhel Distillery began its first commercial production in 1973. It was a sharp upward incline for flagship brand Ruslan vodka right until 1999, after which the Chairman’s son Raj B. Shah (MD at JGI) stepped in and brought popular Indian whisky Royal Stag to the Nepalese market. Since then, the company has expanded to produce a gamut of alcoholic beverages, each making a distinct mark in the Nepalese liquor industry. Currently a 5th generation family business, JGI has come a long way from doing small-scale pot-still distillation, thanks to great vision combined with the latest technology.
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