Manjit Minhas Opens Up About Her Path from Fledgling Entrepreneur to Beer Baroness
After starting a business with her brother Ravinder at the tender age of 19, Manjit Minhas became the President, CEO, and sole owner Minhas Breweries—the tenth largest brewery in the world. In a new feature in Menu, she opens up about the challenges she faced in the industry, and how she grew a successful business despite them.
As a young woman, Manjit Minhas did not fit the standard beer-industry stereotype. But that didn’t stop her from thriving in an unwelcoming industry. “The way we did that was just literally grit and persistence. I realized that I’m going to stand out no matter what I do because of those things,” Manjit explains. “So, then I became [...] the best at research, not only [for] my own brands but for the industry. It was just that I was going to be the go-to person for any buyer, for any retailer, for any government official that wanted to know anything happening in the industry.”
Today, Minhas has expanded into spirits and liquor, and her company now offers over 90 different brands. She is also a judge on Dragon’s Den, where she offers young entrepreneurs a chance to follow their own passions. “I’ve had many fabulous mentors in my life professionally and personally and many people along the way that have given me guidance,” she says, looking at the popular series as a way to give back.
Read the full interview here.
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