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Food Pro­duc­tion 2018: £209m 2017: £201m (16th)

The up­mar­ket Dishoom restau­rant chain is the lat­est business ven­ture from the Thakrar fam­ily, now led by Vipul Thakrar. Orig­i­nally from In­dia, but later ex­pelled by Idi Amin from Uganda, the Thakrars be­came known as the rice kings of Bri­tain, with half the mar­ket. The fam­ily, with a mill in Rain­ham, per­fected Bas­mati rice and soon ev­ery su­per­mar­ket stocked the wares pro­duced by their com­pany, Tilda Rice. Tilda was sold in 2014 for a re­ported £220m. Since then younger mem­bers of the fam­ily, Shamil and Kavi Thakrar, have launched Dishoom, which now has seven restau­rants. Its ba­con naan rolls and chai tea lat­tes have achieved cult sta­tus, help­ing Dishoom to dou­ble its prof­its to £1.75m on £27.8m sales in 2016. Net as­sets rose by £8m to £22.7m too and we raise the fam­ily ac­cord­ingly this year to £209m after tax and re-in­vest­ment.

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