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Jagjeet Singh Kandal

Jagjeet Singh Kandal, is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL) and is also the, Vice Chairman of Tea Research Association (TRA) since 2016 Amalgamated Plantations is a company with a USD 90 million turnover dealing in Tea and ‘Agri Business in India. As a leader of Sustainability in the Global Tea Industry and a Tea Manufacturing Expert with extensive experience, Kandal has forged strategic alliances with International producers for Sustainable and Quality supplies as well as international alliances with clients in China, Europe, Japan, Iran, UK and Russia for export of APPL’s teas. Kandal’s career path, spanning 37 years, is strewn with milestones ranging from implementation of the Rainforest Alliance Certification Program for Unilever Tea Supplies in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, South Africa, Argentina & Brazil, to developing Sustainability PPP projects (multi stakeholder) for the tea industry in Indonesia, Vietnam, China and India, to planning and implementing upgradation schemes in the tea factories, to introducing quality controls for improvement in tea quality, etc. Kandal was one of the authors of the Trustea Code which has been adopted by the Industry as the Indian standard for Sustainable Tea. Kandal has during his career of 37 years been involved with TRA throughout both while being an Executive at the Tea estates and also at the head office level. Before being appointed the Vice Chairman he headed the Assam Regional Committee which reviewed the scientific projects and ensured that these were relevant to the needs of the industry. He is also an advisory member on the National Tea Research Foundation (NTRF). Kandal has an aptitude for Strategic Management, Sustainability & its Compliance, Strategic Buying Alliances, Manufacturing Excellence, Negotiations, Team Management and System Implementation.

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