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IG International celebrates 50 years in Indian market

IG International  celebrates 50 years in Indian market
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This year, IG International Pvt Ltd, one of India’s largest importers of fresh fruit, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Over the past 50 years, we have built a global sourcing infrastructure made up of strong associations and partnerships with the world’s top fruit growers. We have the largest distribution and wholesale network of imported fresh fruits in India. We have our own cold storage in different cities and a fleet of reefer trucks for efficient handling and transportation of fresh fruits in temperature-controlled environments,” said the firm’s director Tarun Arora. IG International is a group of 14 companies operating in diverse sectors. Besides imports, IGIPL’s portfolio includes temperature-controlled warehousing and third-party logistics, with facilities in Amravati, Theog, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. “We have a fleet of around 100 reefer trucks and trailers; with each trailer comprising 40 reefer containers. They move around 40,000 tons of fresh fruit annually around India,” said Arora.

IG International Pvt Ltd has managed to become a leader in the fresh produce industry thanks to its strong cold chain infrastructure for the past two decades. “IGIPL has by far the largest cold chain network in India and has been continuously investing in upgrading and bringing best cold chain technologies to the country. It is vital to have a strong cold chain when it comes to perishables,” said Arora. As for the future, IG is at the forefront of digital ecosystems, backwardly integrated for last-mile online order fulfilment and delivery in cities and tier-2 and tier-3 towns across India. The firm’s strategy is to expand its reach to customers across India through this “phygital” route. IG is working on expanding its physical network in order to serve a larger number of wholesalers and retailers in tier-2 towns through its wholesale outlets. The company’s underlying strategy is to promote the imported fruits category across all consumer segments.

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IG International join hands with JM Baxi group to build container handling and cold chain project in Mumbai

IG International join hands with JM Baxi group to build container handling and cold chain project in Mumbai
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Larger Import Volumes and Reduced Lead Times—set to transform Fresh Fruit Imports in India

In a major development—IG International, the Largest Importer of Fresh Fruit in India has joined hands with India’s JM Baxi Group to efficiently handle and transport Containers from Nhava Sheva port to the customers across India. This association boosts IG’s productivity and capability in delivering fresh and high-quality Imported Fruits to the consumers.

The project comprises creating a World Class Cold Storage facility along with usage of J.M.Baxi’s existing Container Freight Station – MICT I, located in Nhava Sheva, 13 kms from JNPT port. With this project, IG will be able to handle a total volume of 15,000 TEU’s annually, at Nhava Sheva, compared to 7,000 TEU’s earlier. The Food Safety and Plant & Quarantine inspections will be held at the Container Freight Station itself, further reducing the turnaround time.

This project is likely to stimulate further growth and will provide an impetus to the entire fresh produce industry in India. IG has always been at the forefront of investing in Infrastructure and consistently maintains its leadership position in the industry.

Commenting on the move, Tarun Arora, Director, IG International, said, “We are committed to providing best quality produce to our Indian consumers. Imported Fresh Fruits will now be delivered directly to our customer’s location straight from the Container Freight station without unloading them in the cold storage. The intercity movement is set to become easier, saving time and energy. India is set to achieve exponential economic growth and we are preparing ourselves for tomorrow as we anticipate massive growth in demand for Imported Fruits in the coming decade. Infrastructure projects have their gestation period and it takes time to build such projects. We believe, building this new enhanced capacity will help our industry to grow faster. This model is a game changer for the fresh produce industry in India and IGIPL is very proud to collaborate with JMB. Both are family owned companies and share the same values.”

“Speaking in terms of business, IG believes in adding value for its customers. This new supply chain methodology will create value for our customers who will have better quality produce with less transit time and at better prices” he further added.

IG International imports 31 varieties of highest quality exotic fruits to India from 22 countries across the globe. The company has cold storages and wholesale outlets across India in cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Cochin, Patna, and Nagpur, and a global presence with offices in Belgium, Czech Republic, China and USA.

One of the great successes of the IG has been building the foundations of a robust distribution network for Fresh Fruit in India so that fruit growers from anywhere in the world and consumers in India can benefit from one joined-up marketplace.

About J.M.Baxi Group

JM BAXI Group, is India’s leading integrated logistics, services, transportation and maritime conglomerate serving the EXIM trade for over 100 years.  “International Cargo Terminals & Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.” (ICTIPL)  is J M Baxi’s Infra vertical which serves the trade with 6 terminals across India – 2 in Visakhapatnam, one each in Kandla, Paradip, Rozi (Jamnagar) and in Haldia besides operating ICD near Delhi and  CFS’s in Visakhapatnam and Nhava Sheva.

ICT’s recent foray into Cold Business including with cold storages in Sonepat near Delhi and soon to start at Nhava and other locations across India has paved way for furthering relations with I.G International.

J M Baxi’s CFS – MICT (Mumbai International Cargo terminal) at Nhava Sheva near Mumbai – is associated with I.G. International for the past several years. The Cold Store with general warehouse and dedicated reefer yard for exclusive use of I.G.International at MICT II (Just 8 kms from MICT I, will be commissioned shortly in cooperation with I.G. International. Various value add services like Sorting, Packaging and Distribution across India will be offered from MICT II.

We are happy to be a catalyst to IG’s continued growth and proud to be their preferred logistics partner from Nhava and NCR region. We wish IG and Arora family continued success’ said Mr. Dhruv Kotak – MD – J M BAXI GROUP.

About IG International Pvt. Ltd. (IG)

IG International is one of the largest importers of Fresh Fruit in India for the past 50 years. This year, we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary.

Over the past 50 years, we have built global sourcing infrastructure with strong associations and partnerships with top fruit growers of the world. In India, we have the largest distribution and wholesale network of Imported Fresh Fruits. We have our own Cold Storages across different cities and a Fleet of Reefer Trucks for efficient handling and transportation of Fresh Fruits in a temperature-controlled environment.

IG International is a group of 14 companies in diversified trades. Our deep understanding of consumers, a strong portfolio of brands and distinctive capabilities across the value chain have enabled us to deliver broad-based superior performance across all our businesses.

We have a strong focus on infrastructural development for procuring, handling & storing of Fresh Fruit. Our dedicated team of highly experienced professionals work closely with our key partners to create competitive advantage for the business.

Beyond imports—other activities in IGIPL’s portfolio includes temperature-controlled warehousing and third-party logistics. We have facilities in Amravati, Theog, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. We have a fleet of around 100 reefer trucks and trailers; with each trailer comprising 40 reefer containers, we move around 40,000 MT of Fresh Fruit annually in India.

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First Arrivals of Apples from Serbia to India

First Arrivals of Apples from Serbia to India

                                                                                                                                                                              Press Release

In association with COPA- Cooperative of Pannonian Apples, Serbia’s leading apple exporter, to bring a premium variety of apples from Serbia to India for the first time

Mumbai, Nov 2, 2020: Biting into crisp, juicy and delicious apples is an experience one wants to enjoy every day! Once again, in its bid to delight apple lovers, IG International, India’s largest fresh fruit importer has entered into an association with COPA- Cooperative of Pannonian Apples, Serbia’s leading global apple exporter, to get the taste of Serbian Apples in India for the very first time.

Serbia is a large producer and exporter of quality fruits and vegetables, and many Agricultural goods. Serbia has vast orchards and has large cold storage facilities Which enables exports of even frozen fruits and vegetables.

COPA is a newly founded cooperative created by merging Južni Banat and ATOS FRUCTUM, two Serbian companies dealing with the production of apples. It was founded with the desire to offer top-notch Pannonian apples to foreign markets.

Mr. Tarun Arora, Director – IG International Pvt. Ltd, said, “IG International has always been at the forefront of bringing the best quality of global and exotic fruits to India. Driven by our commitment to offer the best to the palate and diets of Indian fruit enthusiasts, we are pleased to now source Apples from Serbia for our Indian customers. The move is aimed at meeting and exceeding the expectations of Indian consumers in terms of taste, quality and value.We look forward to welcoming the first arrivals”

Mr. Taizun Patheria -Hon. Consul of the Republic of Serbia, said, “The Honorary Consulate of Serbia, presents its compliments to IG International Mumbai and are happy to announce that the first export of Apples from Serbia is expected to reach India during mid-Nov.2020.

IG International has led the way, with Mr.G.C.Arora (Chairman) visiting Serbia to take This forward and have now successfully made the first Import from the Serbian producer COPA, Belgrade.

We wish IG International greater and greater success and The Honorary Consulate of Serbia, avails itself of this opportunity to renew IG International Mumbai and its staff, the assurance of its highest considerations.”

About IG International Pvt. Ltd. (IG)

IG International is essentially a group of 14 companies and has 50 years of experience behind them. They supply the demand for the best quality fresh produce. Importing fresh produce is their core activity.

With time, IGIPL is now the leader in the industry of imported fresh fruits. IGIPL now handles fresh fruits in volumes of 3500 – 4000 sq feet3 refrigerated containers. The produce comes from 22 countries from all across the globe. 28 wholesale outlets from all across India manage the distribution of goods. With time, IGIPL is now the leader in the industry of imported fresh fruits. IGIPL now handles fresh fruits in volumes of 3500 – 4000 sq feet3 refrigerated containers. The produce comes from 22 countries from all across the globe. 28 wholesale outlets from all across India manage the distribution of goods. Their fleet comprises 50 refrigerated trailers and 50 refrigerated trucks. Each of the trailers has 40’ reefer containers.

 

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Stemilt Cherries exported from the US to India find popularity among Indian consumers

Stemilt Cherries exported from the US to India find popularity among Indian consumers

IG International has received an outstanding response for the export of Stemilt cherries from Wenatchee in Washington, the United States to India. The venture has been a success and has induced a taste and liking among Indian consumers for the fruits that had earlier been considered exotic. The sales have exceeded the expectation of all involved parties and the demand for Stemilt cherries is higher in Indian markets.

Before the finalization of the program, IG International saw an element of risk into it, and forecasting the sales was a matter of uncertainty. One of the driving factors for going ahead with the venture was the higher inclination that Indian consumers are showing towards fruits.

Stemilt Cherries: An immunity booster

Consumption of fruits is frequently associated with higher immunity and weight management. The demand of fruits has been higher across the country through the times of lockdown, wherein consumers were extra cautious regarding the health and well-being of their family and themselves.

Access to rarer varieties of fruits, such as Stemilt cherries induces variety for consumers’ platters. Having some sort of variety among fruits can be especially useful for consumers who do not have much of a taste for certain fruits.

Similarly, an advantage that comes with the consumption of Stemilt cherries is that it is easier to make them a part of baked foods, such as cakes and biscuits, and they can be used for pastries as well.

There are essentially numerous ways in which Stemilt Cherries can be a part of the diet for one’s family and oneself. One can consume them as a part of salads, milkshakes, and corn flakes.

IG International: Among the top importers of fresh produce in India

IG International is a conglomerate of 14 companies and has 50 years of experience behind them. The brand has proved its mettle in the arena of the import of fresh produce to India. It is a brand synonymous with quality and is dedicated to ensuring that the consumers get access only to the best quality and fresh produce. They procure produce from 22 countries and feature a procurement capacity for 32 fruits. This makes them among the most reliable corporate vendors across India.

IG International currently handles fresh fruits in volumes of 3500 – 4000 sq feet3 refrigerated containers. They have 28 wholesale outlets across India for the distribution of the products.

Beyond imports, IG International is a specialist in third-party logistics and temperature-controlled warehousing. They have facilities in Mumbai, Amravati, Bangalore, Chennai, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Theog. Their fleet includes 50 refrigerated trucks and 50 refrigerated containers.

Stemilt cherries find numerous takers in the hospitality industry

A section of consumers for Stemilt cherries is from the hospitality industry. Sweet taste and distinctive colors of Stemilt cherries deliver a strong branding proposition for numerous high profile bakers. They are coming up with new recipes for using Stemilt cherries for their sweet and savory dishes. The bakers are also recreating the much loved age-old western recipes that use Stemilt cherries to best suit the preferences of Indian consumers. The success of the venture for import of Stemilt cherries to India leads us to believe that we will be using the product more frequently over the days to come, at bakeries, fruit marts, and outdoor diners.

Stemilt cherries are a chef’s delight

Professional chefs have been delighted to use Stemilt cherries for their recipes. Budding chefs at home have been equally responding to the variety, primarily because of the number of dishes that can be created using the cherries.

IG International has proactively marketed the product over social media, highlighting its nutritional value, immunity-boosting properties, and great taste.

Several top chefs across India, such as Chef Ajay Chopra and Chef Vicky Ratnani have collaborated with IG international and have used moon cherries from Stemilt for their recipes. This is an inspiration for all exotic food lovers to try out the cherries and create exquisite desserts and snacks using them. This lets consumers experience the taste of American meals right from the comfort of their home back in India.

The two chefs have come up with some exciting dishes using Stemilt cherries, which can be accessed over Instagram handles and hashtags such as #WhoIsTheCherryChief, @chefajaychopra, and @vickythechef.

A Mystery Box Challenge

IG Fruits, a subsidy of IG International has been creating engaging posts for the viewers, highlighting Stemilt cherries. They came up with the mystery box challenge over, wherein the ingredients of a dish made using Stemilt cherries were shown over a post, and the viewers were asked to guess the name of the dish. Winners were announced on 27th August and won gift hampers from IG Fruits.

In a similar challenge, the chefs have posted some nice recipes with images over Instagram. When viewers try out the recipe and send its images in response to the post, they stand to win gift hampers from IG fruits. Viewers are further offered a discount from IG fruits, to buy Stemilt cherries for the recipe.

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IG International, having handled blueberries for three years now has brought the first shipment of blueberries from Chile to India, for the season 2020

IG, having handled blueberries for three years now has brought the first shipment of blueberries from Chile to India, for the season 2020

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IG International, India’s largest fresh fruits importer has a strong base in the metro cities among its urban Indian consumers.

With regards to its intent to bring about the freshest produce to Indian markets, IG International has acquired its first shipment of Chile Blueberries for the 2020 season, to India. The organization intends to import 80MT  of these sweet and nutritious Blueberries for the 2020 Season. This healthy fruit has been remarked by fairly high consumption and subsequently high sales and will be retailed across metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Cochin. It will be made available at Foodhall and Nature’s Basket  and Star Bazaar outlets.It is now also available on the IG- ecommerce platform.       

Many studies have proven that these blueberries decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiac diseases, and overall mortality. They help in the improvement of bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, hair growth, digestion and brain functioning while also contributing significantly in the prevention of cancer, combating muscle damage and UTIs, and boosting energy and memory capacity, anti-ageing and mental health. Blueberries have been termed as the king of antioxidants and superfood due to their unmatched nutritional value. Blueberries contain iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese among the other flavonoids and enzymes while being one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Among the top and recommended fruits and vegetables with the highest health and taste ranking per calorie intake, blueberries manage to be at the front line with an ANDI score of 132 owing to its nutrient density. Blueberries are gaining popularity as great dog-foods too for their low calories, high antioxidants, vitamins and fibrinogens.                                       

Being imported in varieties of Semana, Jewel, Star, Ventura, Emerald, Legacy, Duke, and Brightwell etc. by IG International, these blueberries are being sold at approx INR 2000 per kg.                                        

On the shipment of Blueberries from Chile, ​Tarun Arora, Director, IG International ​said, “It is so amazing to see that this superfood is acquiring a larger audience every season, especially among the Indian urban customers. IG International is known to abide by its motto which is to strive until we provide the best and its pristine form and Chile Blueberries are simply among the best in the world. We had been planning to cater to our Indian audience with this rich variant of the world’s best blueberries since long, and it feels great to have received the first shipment of this 2020 season. These sweet and exclusive blueberries will surely tantalize Indian taste buds and we are expecting a surge in the sales of this season after this shipment from Chile.”                                                                  

Mr. Hugo Salvestrini, the Chilean trade commissioner (Pro Chile office in Delhi), expressing his gratitude towards IG International said “It is so good to see a trade happening between the two countries. We are hoping for a great response from the Indian Customers. We are also expecting a rise in sales as compared to the previous seasons because of its increasing popularity and high demands.”                             

We are really happy to start trading blueberries with India. We are expecting a great response from the customers and we hope to keep growing with all of our products and especially with the Blues added- Mr. Federico Casas, Export Manager- Exportadora Reina Sur.

IG International currently imports 32 global varieties of fruits from 22 countries to India and distributes these to multiple cities through its nation-wide distribution network. IG International is importing around 80 MT of this sweet and nutritious fruit for consumption majorly in the cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Cochin, Patna, and Nagpur. The awareness, consumption and subsequent sales of blueberries are evidently increasing in the country. IG International currently holds a market share of 42% for the superfood with its diverse range of high-quality exotic fruit offerings while blueberry continues to stay at the top in the list of superfoods. The company’s primary customers for blueberries are supermarkets, restaurants and hotels.        

                             

About IG International Pvt. Ltd.:                                                  

With fresh produce procurement spanning 25 countries and handling capacities of over 32 varieties of fruits, IG International has established its mettle in delivering on the diversified tastes of the Indian markets. Dedicated to providing high-quality natural products to its consumers, IG International Pvt. Ltd. is India’s one of the largest fresh produce importers. Dealing with the core activity of importing fresh fruits from all over the world, IG currently secures the best of exotic fruits globally all year round to supply the demand for high-quality fresh produce in India.

​Exportadora Reina Sur:

Aiming to produce 1600 tonnes of blueberries, Reina Sur is ​a Grower-Exporter Company of fresh fruit with more than 12 years of experience in the industry. They mainly export blueberries, cherries, table grapes and stone fruits.

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IG International announces the launch of their e-Commerce platform

IG International announces the launch of their e-Commerce platform

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Press release

IG International has now come up with a dedicated eCommerce platform that makes it easier for consumers and merchants to get access to fresh fruit produce. They can place orders online and the goods are delivered right to their doorstep.

The idea of taking their business online was prevalent for a long time earlier at IG International. It however came to materialization during the time of lockdown.

Inter-state transportation came by as a difficulty during the lockdown, as state borders were sealed. In such a scenario, there were cases wherein people had to make do with the groceries available with local grocery shops and vendors. The access to nutritious foods and dairy products was there, but the choices available were limited. Even eCommerce deliveries were restricted to essential goods for a while, to keep a check over the spread of COVID – 19.

 IG International entered the eCommerce arena at this stage, to simplify shopping for consumers, and making sure that they find access to the most nutritious foods.

This empowers consumers to shop at any time that meets their preference, from the comfort of their homes over their PCs. They can also comfortably shop on the go, over their smartphones or other mobile devices. IG International has come up with a nice and responsive website that can be easily accessed over mobile devices and ensures the best possible end-user experience. The quality of products sold by IG international online or directly to the vendors and consumers is always fresh and the best quality.

One of the prime factors why the services of IG International are preferred is that they make the finest variety available among fresh fruits. One can get the best suited fresh fruits that meet his family’s taste. IG International takes pride in their endeavor to keep the community fit and healthy.

Consumers and merchants alike prefer to shop at IG International’s online store because the website is easy to use, the menus and navigation are well defined, and a consumer can complete a purchase in three simple steps. IG International accepts several payment modes including net-banking, debit cards, credit cards, and PayTM.

Shopping at IG International web mall is simplified for consumers and merchants alike because they make the best prices in the industry available for all products that they sell. The products are nicely illustrated using photographs, so the consumers can gauge their quality.

IG International believes that going online will empower their consumers to get easy access to fresh produce, particularly in the times of lockdown. Consumers can hence comfortably access the products without going to the market. This promotes social distancing, which is one of the effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID – 19.

High nutrition products made available at IG International’s website

IG International firmly believes that keeping the immunity strong is the best safeguard against COVID – 19. One should keep an additional tab on one’s family’s and one self’s diet at such times.  

Fresh fruits and vegetables are among the best ways to keep immunity strong. IG International now brings fresh and the best quality products in easy access for consumers.

Seasonal varieties of fruits keep changing. IG international makes the best seasonal produce available on their website.

Citrus fruits are among the finest ways of boosting the immune system. It keeps the recovery quicker when one is afflicted by colds or flu.

IG International believes that getting vitamin C from the diet, by consuming fresh fruits is better than getting the same from supplements because fresh fruits provide holistic nutrition.

Vitamin C boosts one’s immunity by enhancing the production of white blood cells, which helps fight infections. All citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, such as limes, lemons, and oranges.

The products delivered to buyers’ doorstep in minimum time

IG International quotes an instance wherein getting quality citrus fruits are a difficulty for consumers. This is just one of the cases, the company expresses, wherein online delivery of fresh fruits makes all the difference. Similarly, varieties of fruits, such as kiwis, which are difficult to find otherwise are easily available at IG International’s website.

About IG International Pvt Ltd. (IGIPL)

IG International is essentially a group of 14 companies and has 50 years of experience behind them. They supply the demand for the best quality fresh produce. Importing fresh produce is their core activity.

With time, IGIPL is now the leader in the industry of imported fresh fruits. IGIPL now handles fresh fruits in volumes of 3500 – 4000 sq feet3 refrigerated containers. The produce comes from 22 countries from all across the globe. 28 wholesale outlets from all across India manage the distribution of goods.

Over 5 decades of a strong working experience in the industry now makes IGIPL among the top distributors and marketers of the best quality and nutritious fresh fruits across the country. Consumers and industry players now associate brand IG with reliability, freshness, and product quality.

Beyond imports, the other activities in IGIPL’s portfolio are temperature-controlled warehousing and third-party logistics. As of current, IGIPL has a capacity of 40000 MT. They have facilities in Amravati, Theog, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai.

Their fleet comprises 50 refrigerated trailers and 50 refrigerated trucks. Each of the trailers has 40’ reefer containers.

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IG International brings finest quality farm-fresh fruits to consumers

IG International brings finest quality farm-fresh fruits to consumers © IG INTERNATIONAL
© IG INTERNATIONAL

 

Renowned fresh fruits importer IG International Pvt. Ltd. is now a part of the global blueberry sector, in partnership with MBO & Mano Babiolakis. Working with an Australian team, IG International has set up a large blueberry production area in India, the first of its kind for IG in India.

The venture began in 2017 and was motivated by a desire to produce the finest blueberries for Indian consumers on Indian soil. This is likely to revolutionise the global blueberry trade.

From the Indian perspective, this is the first large-scale blueberry project. IG International encountered some typical difficulties with climatic conditions before being able to successfully harvest blueberries in India thanks to persistent hard work.

 

IG International gains strategic advantages by producing blueberries in India

In India, the blueberry harvest spans from February to May. The window is in a strategic position to derive maximum value from markets across the world. During this phase, Chile’s yearly harvest season finishes, while the Northern Hemisphere season is just commencing. So, there are not many blueberries anywhere in the world during this window, which makes IG International’s Indian project a potentially lucrative one.

 

Blueberries are exceedingly good for public health

IG International is recognised for the quality of its blueberries, which are sold under the IG Berries brand. In India, IG International is planning to harvest 20mm blueberries that will be crunchy and sweet. 

Blueberries offer a range of benefits for public health, including aiding with the management of diabetes and UTIs. Similarly, blueberries are good for cardiovascular health. They help prevent cardiac disorders, keep the heart healthy, safeguard against cholesterol, and help manage hypertension. Blueberries are also associated with a reduction in muscle damage.

This is why nutritionists across the world label blueberries as a superfood and the king of antioxidant foods.

Despite being low in calories, blueberries have a high nutritional value. This is one of the key underlying factors behind the meteorological rise in the production and consumption of blueberries over the past few decades, particularly among people residing in urban areas. 

 

Blueberries produced by IG International are high-quality products

In a press conference, Tarun Arora, IGIPL director, vouched for the viability, quality, and pricing of the blueberries produced by IGIPL. This makes them highly lucrative for Indian and international consumers. Arora went on to state that this venture should secure IG International’s position among Asia’s top-five berry producers by 2024.

IG International’s blueberry production has certain unique features. Its produce procurement spans 22 countries, and the company has a handling capacity for 32 varieties. This empowers IG International to deliver natural produce to people with varied preferences in the Indian market.

 

About IG International Pvt Ltd. (IGIPL)

IG International is among the top importers of food produce across the world. The company is dedicated to ensuring that consumers get access to high-quality products. IG International is a group of 14 companies with 50 years of experience behind them, supplying the best-quality fresh produce. Importing fresh produce is the firm’s core activity.

The company initiated its activities in India in 2000, when its chairman, Gian Chand Arora, first imported fruit containers from Australia. From that point on, it began investing in infrastructure.

IGIPL is now a leader in imported fresh fruits. IGIPL handles fresh fruits in volumes of 3500 – 4000 sq foot3 refrigerated containers. The produce comes from 22 countries from all across the globe. 28 wholesale outlets from all across India manage the distribution of goods. 

Over 5 decades of experience in the industry has made IGIPL among the top distributors and marketers of the best quality and nutritious fresh fruits across the country. Consumers and industry players now associate the IG brand with reliability, freshness, and product quality.

Beyond imports, the other activities in IGIPL’s portfolio are temperature-controlled warehousing and third-party logistics. IGIPL currently has a capacity of 40,000 tons, with facilities in Amravati, Theog, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai. Its fleet comprises 50 refrigerated trailers and 50 refrigerated trucks. Each of the trailers has 40’ reefer containers.

 

IG International announces launch of eCommerce platform

IG International has now come up with a dedicated eCommerce platform that makes it easier for consumers and merchants to get access to fresh fruit produce. They can place orders online and the goods are delivered right to their doorstep. Although the idea of taking business online has been in the pipeline for some time now at IG International, it came to fruition during the recent lockdown.

Inter-state transportation became a difficulty during lockdown, as state borders were sealed. This led to cases where people had to make do with the groceries available in local grocery shops and from vendors. Access to nutritious foods and dairy products was still there, but the choices were limited. Even eCommerce deliveries were restricted to essential goods for a while to keep a check on the spread of COVID-19. 

IG International has entered the eCommerce arena at this stage to simplify shopping for consumers, and make sure that they find access to the most nutritious foods. This empowers consumers to shop at any time that suits them from the comfort of their homes over their PCs. They can also comfortably shop on the go, over their smartphones or using other mobile devices. IG International has come up with a responsive website that can be easily accessed over mobile devices and ensures the best possible end-user experience. The quality and freshness of products sold by IG international online or directly to vendors and consumers is always guaranteed to be the best. 

IG International’s services are preferred because the firm supplies the finest varieties of fresh fruits. Families can get the best fresh fruits to match their tastes. IG International takes pride in its endeavour to keep the community fit and healthy. Consumers and merchants alike prefer to shop at IG International’s online store because the website is easy to use, the menus and navigation are well defined, and they can complete purchases in three simple steps. IG International accepts several payment modes including net-banking, debit cards, credit cards, and PayPal.

Shopping at the IG International web mall is simple for consumers and merchants, who can find the best prices for all products. The products are nicely illustrated using photographs, so consumers can gauge their quality. IG International believes that going online will empower consumers to get easy access to fresh produce, particularly in times of lockdown. Consumers can hence comfortably access the products without going to the market. This promotes social distancing, which is one of the effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

High nutrition products made available at IG International’s website

IG International firmly believes that keeping the immune system strong is the best safeguard against COVID-19. Everyone should keep an additional tab on their family’s diet at such times. Fresh fruits and vegetables are among the best ways to get a strong immune system. 

Seasonal varieties of fruits are constantly and IG international makes the best seasonal produce available on its website. Citrus fruits are among the finest ways of boosting the immune system. They also make recovery quicker when one is afflicted by colds or flu. IG International believes that getting vitamin C from one’s diet by consuming fresh fruits is better than getting the same from supplements because fresh fruits provide holistic nutrition. Vitamin C boosts one’s immunity by enhancing the production of white blood cells, which helps fight infections. All citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, such as limes, lemons, and oranges. Moreover, varieties of fruits which are usually difficult to find such as kiwis are easily available at IG International’s website.

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India becomes 4th largest market for South Africa for exports of pears to India with Forelle/Vermont Beauty push

India continues to become an important market for Forelle from South Africa. This year returns on Forelle was 20-23$ CNF as per carton in the later half of the year. There is always a supply shortage from week 40-50 from South Africa and during that time whoever packs forelle/Vermont makes 100% returns in Indian markets. Most RSA companies do not have stocks from week 40-50 so its very limited and due to that the returns from Indian markets are very high.

Supermarkets love it, the taste is just liked by Indians so much. The best part is the shelf life of the pear which makes it durable at the shelves of the supermarkets.Considering high demand and exciting growth prospects India has the potential to become the most important & most shipped market for this variety from South Africa.

This year RSA shipped close to 1.1 Million cartons of pears and 57% of the total shipments were Forelle/Vermont and rest were other pears including packhams which is stagnant at the moment and is not growing.

However Packhams are preferred only when Forelle is not available.

Forelle as a variety has grown significantly and the next coming season we can see it upto a million cartons for Forelle alone and the exporters will have a great opportunity to obtain high returns if harvested and shipped at the right moment.

 

 

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When Apples Meet Chocolate: IG International Launches ‘Applelicious’ By Chocolatier Zeba Kohli In Association With Stemilt Growers

When Apples Meet Chocolate: IG International Launches 'Applelicious' By Chocolatier Zeba Kohli In Association With Stemilt Growers

Describing the amalgamation of Apples and Chocolate to be delicious and healthy, renowned chocolatier Zeba Kohli launched cookbook ‘Applelicious’ with IG International and Stemilt Growers on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Four Seasons, Worli

IG International, India´s largest importer of fresh fruits, has announced the launch of the book Applelicious by famous chocolatier Zeba Kohli, in association with Stemilt Growers, a leading North American pip fruit supplier. The launch took place on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Four Season Hotel in Mumbai. The focus of the cookbook is on “Apples with chocolates”.

Kohli, founder, Fantasie Fine Chocolate, is renowned for her world-class designer chocolates. She frequently conducts chocolate workshops as well, for both adults and children. Stemilt Growers is a leading supplier of pip fruits, and ships organic apples across the world.

The launch event for the cookbook featured a host of activities and discussions, including a live cooking session using the recipes from the cookbook. This event carried the message that chocolates can be healthy too. The chocolates contained natural sugar taken from the fruits.
 
Speaking about the event, Tarun Arora, director, IG International, said, “We are pleased to be hosting the launch of Appelicious. At IG International, it has been our aim to introduce our Indian consumers to the best produce from around the world.”

“Bringing out a book on how to incorporate fruits in your diet in innovative ways is a further extension of that. Kohli is the best at what she does, and her chocolates are truly delicious. By joining forces, she and Stemilt Growers have produced this beautiful cookbook, full of recipes on using apples with chocolate,” he added.
 
Commenting on the same, Kohli said, “Working on Appelicious with Stemilt Growers has been a truly exciting experience. The team and I have been on the same page through the way, and our passion to bring fresh new things to the table really sparked, to make the book what it is today.”

“Apples and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and having one of the leading suppliers in the market on board gave me so much insight into the business of apples. We want people to know that even indulgences can be healthy, and we are sure our readers and consumers will love what is in store for them,” she added.
 
William Young, senior export account manager, Stemilt Growers, said, “The health trends are in, and people are focussing on how to incorporate the healthy aspect into all their food consumption.”

“Our organic apples are amongst the most popular in the world, and consumers really enjoy them. We are thrilled to have worked with Kohli on Red Temptations, to show people that all your healthy eating does not have to be boring, and to show chocolate fanatics that chocolate can also be healthy. The book includes several new ways to make great treats easily,” he added.
 
IG International currently imports 32 global varieties of fruits to India from 22 different countries across the globe. The company has earned its place as a leading fresh fruit supplier in the country, and has a pan-India network of distributors.

Being associated with Appelicious is a move that will give IG International a significant increase in the mindshare amongst consumers and partners. Additionally, fun healthy eating is the focus of the book, and with the increasing amount of health trends today, consumers are bound to take interest.

SOURCE: http://www.fnbnews.com