In 1925, Alfred Vedam Thomas demolished a myth. He proved that it was not just the British who could manage plantations by starting a 300 acre tea plantation at Pasuparai, Tamil Nadu. From the original tea plantation, AVT has made steady progress over the years moving on into rubber, coffee, vanilla, pepper and cardamom. Today AVT is a Rs. 1200 crore company with a strong local and overseas presence in branded packaged goods, bulk commodities, beverages and the spices market.