Who we are

Being a successful family owned conglomerate, consisting of 15 flourishing subsidiaries.Our forte is in the tea industry, where we have grown from strength to strength into one of the leading and largest tea manufacturers in Sri Lanka. Our continuous success lies in our inherent commitment and dedication to quality and productivity. We are a group of companies steeped in strong values and firm beliefs. We have been enriched by the past and empowered by the future and at K.D.U. traditional wisdom and modern thinking go hand in hand.

Our Founding Father

The Late Mr. K.D. Upasena was the founder chairman of this successful conglomerate. He began this little corporate empire by initially entering into a small scale vegetable distribution business in Bandarawella during the early 1950's. Later on after his marriage in 1957 he ventured into river gemming and soon proved to be a success in the gem industry and was also the first to introduce the Gemming Diving kit to Sri Lanka. His entrepreneurial journey did not stop there and he decided to make his mark in the tea industry. His first step into the tea industry was made by leasing a tea factory named "Maha Kade Istoruwa", which he purchased in the year 1982.

The factory was renamed as Galpaditenna Tea Factory. Since his launch into the tea industry, Mr. K.D. Upasena did not look back. He went on to purchase and lease a number of tea factories in the low country and when his two sons joined the family enterprise the number of tea factories totalled to seven, the final addition during his lifetime being Nilvin View in 2001. Mr. K.D. Upasena, quite literally the founding father of this blossoming family empire passed away in 2001, leaving behind his legacy in the safe and confident hands of his wife and three sons.

We are family

Loyalty, Trust, Commitment, Mutual respect and Unity, they are the pillars of a strong and stable family. In our case they are also the pillars of our organization. With the demise of Mr. K.D. Upasena, his wife Mrs. Karuna Upasena presided over the business and was appointed as chairperson of the K.D.U. Group. The family enterprise further expanded its wings when in 2004 Saman and Thushan Upasena leased the Kuttapitiya Tea Factory. The group also branched into other directions with the Silver Ray Complex and the K.D.U Filling Station. Subsequently Matuwagala Tea Factory and Deerwood Tea Factory were added to the group. Diversification resulted in to a

mini hydro plant with a capacity of 1.2 Mega watts. With the demise of Mrs. K. Upasena, Saman and Thushan Upasena manage the group jointly. French Way Restaurant and KDU Fuel Mart at Paradise, Kuruwita has given a face lift to the entire region with a star class pastry shop and restaurant, the business complex with banks and super market. The joint effort of the family, each bringing their own experience and knowledge has made the K.D.U. Group a sturdy and prosperous enterprise.

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