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Until the early 1930s, the hydrogenated vegetable oil available in India was imported into the country by Dada & Co, which was controlled by a memon family from Bantva under the leadership of Hussain Kassim Dada. Hindustan Vanaspati Manufacturing Co (today’s Hindustan Unilever Limited) wanted to start manufacturing hydrogenated vegetable oil locally. Dada & Co insisted that the branded product should reflect their name; hence Hindustan UniLever introduced the letter "L" for "Lever" into the name, and thus was born DALDA, one of the longest-living brands in India. Hindustan Vanaspati's "Dalda" product came to be synonymous with the genre, to the extent that the main style of hydrogenated vegetable oil is commonly designated generically as "vanaspati".
Hindustan Unilever Limited has since sold the brand to Bunge Limited who now owns Dalda, offering new variants of Dalda in India. Bunge being the largest manufacturer of bottled oils in the world has now extended the Dalda brand name to its range of refined and filtered oils in India.