The Co-operative movement in India is more than 100 years old and it has a long history in India. The Co-operative movement has spread to various sectors and one of the latest fields is the consumer movement. But its growth was wonderful. The Government of India established Coffee Board in early 1940s, during British rule in India, with a view to propagate drinking of coffee, and sale of coffee seeds. In furtherance of this object coffee Board established India Coffee Houses in various Cities in India. This was being continued even after independence. But in the end of 1957, due to loss suffered by the Govt., it was decided to close down the Coffee Houses, resulted in retrenchment of several employees working in these coffee houses.
In order to face this serious situation and to save these jobless Labourers, the All India Coffee Board Labour Union interfered and came forward in the matter. Thus the union Leader Shri. A.K. Gopalan, along with these Labourers met then Prime Minister Shri. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and he advised them to form separate co-operative Societies in that areas where they retrenched and run Coffee Houses of Labourers (thus 14 Societies were formed in different parts of India).
As a part of this movement, the Jabalpur Labour Union also came forward and the help and support of Union President, Shri. L.N. Mehrotra, Vice President Shri. P. Sadasivan Nair and other members of union, at Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), formed a Co-operative Society, in the name and style of Indian Coffee Workers’ Co-operative Society Limited, Jabalpur. The Society Registered on 11.04.1958 (Regd. No.1485). The Society started its branches in the name of “Indian Coffee House” and 1st branch is opened at Jabalpur on 09.01.1958. In the beginning there were only 16 members in the Society and a very nominal Capital of Rs.1,365.00.
Within a very short term, it has flourished in to a fine institution in the hospitality services and has set new standard in efficiency of service and built a superior brand image which is attracted and accepted by the public at large. The Indian Coffee Houses win the heart of lacs of public by its style. The public from the entire field such as Professors, Lecturers, Students, Lawyers, Doctors, Students, journalists, Police Officials, Govt. Personnel from different departments, Children to Veteran are the regular visitors of the Indian Coffee Houses. The Society could make a spectacular successful Story in the history of Co-operative movements and it is an ideal one in this Field. Considering all these features, the Society has honoured by the World book of records London, United Kingdom.
Now, during the Diamond Jubilee year, the Society has 139 branches inclusive several Indian Coffee Houses, Lodges, Canteens, Guest Houses and more than 5000 employees spreaded over 20 States of India.