Rasna Founder Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta Dies At 85 Due To Cardiac Arrest

Rasna founder is survived by his wife Persis, and children Piruz, Delna, and Ruzan, his daughter-in-law Binaisha, and grandkids Arzeen, Arzad, Avan, Areez, Firoza and Arnavaz.

Rasna Founder Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta Dies At 85 Due To Cardiac Arrest

Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta, the founder of the popular kids' drink Rasna, passed away in Ahmedabad after suffering from a cardiac arrest, the company said in a release.  The 85-year-old industrialist, who was suffering from a prolonged illness, passed away on November 19, Saturday. 

Rasna founder is survived by his wife Persis, and children Piruz, Delna, and Ruzan, his daughter-in-law Binaisha, and grandkids Arzeen, Arzad, Avan, Areez, Firoza and Arnavaz. A few years back, Areez Khambatta passed on the baton of the unlisted business to his son Piruz Khambatta, who is now the Group chairman.

A statement issued by the Rasna Group read: "With profound sorrow and grief, we announce the sad passing away of Areez Khambatta - the founder chairman of Rasna Group, chairman of Areez Khambatta Benevolent Trust and Rasna Foundation - to his heavenly abode on November 19, 2022."

"Areez Khambatta has contributed immensely to Indian industry, business, and most importantly societal development through social service," the Rasna Group said in the statement.

"The family is committed to ensuring that his principles of duty to the country first, then our religion and duty to following his ideals be they in business or society, will be engraved in the family DNA for generations to come," the statement said.

Talking about Rasna, was the most affordable soft drink pack created in the 1970s as an alternative to soft drink products sold at high costs. It is sold at 1.8 million retail outlets in the country. Rasna, which is now the world's largest gentle drink focus producer, still enjoys a high recall and the brand's "I love you Rasna" campaign of the 80s and 90s still resonates in the minds of people.

Meanwhile, Khambatta was the former chairman of the World Alliance of Parsi Irani Zarthostis (WAPIZ). He also served as the past president of the Ahmedabad Parsi Panchayat and the vice president of the Federation of Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman's of India.

A recipient of the President of India's Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal as well as the Paschimi Star, Samarseva and Sangram medals, Khambatta was also honoured with the National Citizen's Award for outstanding contribution in the field of commerce. The Trust and Foundations under his chairmanship have been involved in various projects to do with health care, education and scholarship.

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