Chitale Dairy was founded by the great visionary, Late Shri Bhaskar Ganesh alias Babasaheb Chitale (B. G. Chitale). A journey that began in 1939, in the small town of Bhilawadi set the stage for a revolution in the country's dairy industry.
Babasaheb, as he was affectionately called, set out on an uphill task – to empower local farmers through an enterprise movement. He began with a small milk unit in his own backyard, with the help of fellow farmers. Babasaheb, along with the group of farmers, procured buffalo milk from the adjoining areas of his hometown, which was pasteurized mechanically and dispatched for sale in Pune. At a time when milk was not considered an item of sale, he worked towards establishing its presence in the market as a commodity.
The trail to a milk revolution was set ablaze by Babasaheb, much before the dairy cooperative movement took roots in the country. He possessed strong business acumen and vision that was well ahead of his time. He believed that a true revolution can only happen if all the farmers join forces to support a common cause, of commercialising the dairy activity into a full-fledged industry.
Babasaheb's philosophy was simple – to provide the best quality milk produce at the most competitive rates with a view to uplift each and every member of the extended Chitale farmer family! His remarkable contribution to the dairy industry earned him the unofficial tag as 'the Father of India's Dairy Industry'.