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About Us

Ayodhia N. Salwan

What started as a small family business in the small village of Chak Sikandar in District Amritsar, Punjab India has now emerged as one of the leading names in the Indian & Pakistani food industry across the globe. The origins of our company were started as a small retail store by Pt. Vir Bhan Salwan in 1936. He expanded with wholesale depots and farming.

His son, Ayodhia N. Salwan emigrated to the US in the 1970s and decided to continue the family business. In 1981, Star Foods & Gifts, Inc. opened its doors to the Indian & Pakistani community of the Chicagoland area with the purpose of supplying only the finest products and unmatched service at unbeatable prices. It was one of the first Indian retail grocery stores in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Salwan Trading, Inc. began in 1986 as the wholesale arm. Initially, it was started to streamline procurement of food items for Star Foods. Since then, we have expanded into a national wholesale, distribution, and manufacturing of various foodstuffs to go along with our retail division. We import a wide variety of food product such as Spices, Rice, Pulses/Lentils, Snacks, and Beverages from India, Pakistan, Australia, England, Thailand, China, Brazil, and many other locales. We will scan the globe to find the best products for our customers. These products are directly imported by us and then distributed across the United States to several Indian grocery stores, restaurants as well as other distributors and wholesalers.

We feel our name is synonymous with excellence. Quality products and customer satisfaction are our goals. We try to ensure that we sell only the finest merchandise. That is why we have a history of unparalleled customer care.

Our Brands

We have several well renowned brands of our own.  We began with Mr. Manish in spices and various products.  This was met with a resounding success.  Mr. Manish is now associated with supreme quality products.

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