All India Distillers’ Association
1953, an all India
body of distillers was constituted which was baptized All India Distillers’ Association.
During the Intervening five decades this association has not only grown in size
but has also widened its sphere of activity. At the time of its birth, the
association had a membership of only fifteen whereas the fraternity has now
swelled to close to two hundred. The constituents of the association control
more than 80% of the total distillation capacity of the country. Besides, ten
state associations have also been constituted in Maharashtra, Gujarat,
Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, which are all affiliated to the
parent body. It is indeed a matter for gratification that ours is the sole apex
representative body of the alcohol industry and distilleries., in the country.
Association has been carrying out a pioneering work with regard to catering to
interests of the alcohol industry and has gone from strength to strength
through out all these 58 years, to the
extent that it is now a force to reckon with as far as the alcohol, liquor and distillery industry is concerned. The
advent of Ethanol as an ideal blend for admixture with Motor fuel/ petrol has
provided further boost to importance of this industry and the association, in the country’s industrial scenario. We
visualize a bright future for the industry and a much stronger association in
very near future.
is the leading business support organization for the alcohol & liquor
industry in India
and maintains the lead as the proactive business solution provider through
continuous interaction at the constituent members level and various government agencies level. It
is therefore now the largest and the oldest apex organization of Indian Alcohol
Industry which stands for quality, industry, Government- Society partnership
and to enhance the quality, technology and productivity of the distillery/
alcohol industry on the whole. AIDA today espouses the shared vision of the
Alcohol / Distillery industry in the country and speaks directly or indirectly
for the entire industry.
AIDA secretariat is located at Nehru Place, New
Delhi having its own premises with all modern
communication facilities like telephone, Email, E-links and other combined facilities.
It is located in one of the busiest Commercial complexes of New Delhi with all infrastructural setup
available at the site itself. The office premises provides a modern swanky and
spacious and pleasant atmosphere for carrying out its secretarial activities in
more efficient and prompt fashion.
About the Industry
use of alcohol as drink is an age-old story in India and it appears that the
technique for fermentation and distillation was available even in the Vedic
times. It was then called “Somarasa” and was used not only for its invigorating
effect but also in worship and medicinal uses.
To date, not only has the consumption of alcohol been continued but it
is an integral part of the Ayurvedic system of medicine.
First distillery in the country was set up at Carwnpore (Kanpur) in 1805 by Carew & Co. Ltd., for
manufacture of Rum for the army. The technique of fermentation, distillation
and blending of alcoholic beverages was developed in our country on the lines
of practices adopted overseas particularly in Europe.
distillery industry today consists broadly of two parts, one potable liquor and
the industrial alcohol including anhydrous ethanol for blending with petrol. The
potable industry producing Indian Made
Foreign Liquor and Country Liquor has a steady but limited demand with a growth
rate of about 7-10 per cent per annum. The industrial alcohol industry on the
other hand, is showing a declining trend because of high price of Molasses
which is invariantly used as substrate for production of alcohol. The alcohol
produced is now being utilized in the ratio of approximately 52 per cent for
potable and the balance 48 percent for industrial and ethanol for blending with
petrol, use. Over the years the potable liquor industry has shown remarkable
results in the production of high quality spirits. Indian Liquor industry is
today exporting a sizable quantity of Indian Liquor products to other countries.
utilization of Ethyl alcohol or Ethanol, now popularly known as alcohol, for
industrial use is a recent phenomenon and its importance came into being
towards the end of the second world war. With protection being granted to the
sugar Industry in 1932, a large number of
sugar factories were established in the country, particularly in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh where irrigation facilities
existed for cultivation of sugarcane. This increase resulted in accumulation of
molasses, which resultantly, caused unmanageable environmental problems. At
that time the demand for molasses was almost insignificant and the sugar mills
had to incur some expenditure on removal of this bye product i.e. molasses. For
resolving these problems a joint committee of U.P. and Bihar
was constituted to explore the possibilities of developing alcohol based
industries for the purpose of
utilization of molasses. The Committee in its report recommended the
establishment of distilleries for production of alcohol, utilizing molasses as
substrate. They also recommended that alcohol produced by the distilleries
should be admixed with petrol, to supplement motor fuel. The production of
alcohol did not only help in solving the problems of disposal of molasses but
it also filled up the gap in the demand and supply of motor spirit. As a
substantial quantity of alcohol after meeting its requirement for manufacture
of gasohol alcohol was diverted for production of alcohol based chemicals in
different parts of the country. The utilization of alcohol for this purpose
progressed steadily and a substantial quantity of alcohol produced in the
country is now being utilized for manufacture of solvents and intermediates.
Till a few years back a little more that 50% alcohol produced in the country was
being utilized for production of alcohol based chemical but after the decontrol
of molasses in the year 1993 the utilization of alcohol for production of
chemical, dye-stuff ,synthetic rubber, polymers and plastics etc. has received
with the advent of ethanol blending with petrol/ motor fuel, the requirement of
ethanol/ industrial alcohol has increased manifold in the country to the extent
that in case 5-10 % blending, if made mandatory all over the country, the sugar
factory molasses available in the country shall not prove to be adequate for
meeting the total requirement of ethanol including its use for potable liquors
and other industrial uses. The alcohol industry has a total installed capacity
of 4200 million litres of alcohol in a year. However, the licenced capacity is
concentrated in three states of U.P., Maharashtra
and Tamilnadu . With the announcement of the Government of India to make blending of motor
fuel with ethanol upto 5 % mandatory and to raise it to 10% by the year 2017-18,
a substantial increase in the requirement as well as production capacity of
ethanol is expected and a large number of ethanol distilleries are on the anvil
ethanol is being mixed with petrol upto 20%
to 25 % in Brazil and
nearly 30 -40 % in USA
particularly in the state of California.
therefore has to immediately look for other sources of feedstock for production
of ethanol for increasing the total production and meeting the requirement of
ethanol blending with petrol, coupled with further increasing the availability
of molasses through increase in sugar cane production and sugar mills capacity. Thus the distillery industry is destined to
play a very important and vital role in the nation’s economic and industrial
scenario in the near future.
Summary of Activities
The basic prominent and important
activities being implemented by the All India Distillers/
The basic prominent
and important activities being implemented by the All India Distillers’ are as
Association promotes and regulates healthy relationship between the distillery
industry at large in the country, as also between employer and employee and the
entire work force. The industry believes
that without and healthy employer-employee relationship no industry can prosper
Association supports and opposes legislation as the case may be, and other
measures to obtain the removal as far as possible of the grievances and
hindrances affecting the industry.
Association collects circulates and maintains
various data and statistics about production, efficiency, recovery,
stocks and other information relating to
the interests of the industry.
Association’s one of the main objectives is to take up all the causes of the
industry with the Govt. of India, State Governments and other various
authorities as and when required to safeguard industry’s common interests.
endeavours to maintain good relations with all the allied agencies, chambers of
Commerce and Associations to elicit all the information and assistance from all
these sources, for the benefit of its members and the industry as a whole.
Association conducts and organizes meetings of its members to discuss about latest issues concerning
the industry and to decide steps and action to be taken in the best interest of
also disseminates technical information through its Technical Committee
consisting of Technical experts from the industry, by holding various technical
meetings and seminars regarding information about latest technologies available
in the field of distillery and alcohol industry and effluent treatment
processes which could be and should be convincingly adopted by the industry all
over the country.
Association also obtains technical, commercial and legal information from
international sources by conducting international tours or symposia of
technical and commercial importance and also by subscribing to various
international publications for obtaining latest information on the subject.
primary objective of the Association is to promote, protect and enhance
relationship and to consider all questions related and effecting the industry
from all fields and angles and the management of employers-employee relationship in an
efficient and harmonious manner.
Last but not the least AIDA publishes following periodical
publications the providing necessary
information to its members.
(i) Newsletter - A monthly publication, providing
news information of importance to industry from Govt., Technical and legal sources.
of Distilleries- An annual publication providing complete location wise information
about all distilleries in India.
Data- An annual publication providing complete production and efficiency data
from distilleries for the previous year.