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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.