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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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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.



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India’s Mahindra buys into Dutch fruit supplier OFD Holding

India’s Mahindra says it is closer to becoming a major world player in grapes on agreeing to buy a 60% stake in Dutch global fruit distributor OFD Holding.

India’s Mahindra says it is closer to becoming a major world player in grapes on agreeing to buy a 60% stake in Dutch global fruit distributor OFD Holding.

The move will expand its sourcing base to South American countries and South Africa and its distribution to Europe, which it said is the biggest importer, accounting for 24% of global grape imports, and China, the fastest growing importer, with 31% CAGR.

OFD Holding BV owns Origin Fruit Direct, Origin Direct Asia and Origin Fruit Services South America which are based out of Netherlands, China and Chile respectively.

In a press release, Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. (MASL) said the deal will benefit both companies – Origin Fruits’ strong distribution channel will open up global markets for Indian farmers while Mahindra will contribute its strong connection with farmer and expertise in agronomy.

MASL CEO Ashok Sharma said it will “bring in a lot of synergy by giving access to new markets to our farmers.”

OFD Holding BV & Origin Fruit Direct BV managing director Corné van de Klundert said it will also strengthen OFD’s position as an integrated supply chain company.

“OFD was founded in 2006 as the sales operation of a South African producer, and has since developed a network of key retail customers in Europe as well as Asia. India is an increasingly important supplier of grapes to our markets and Mahindra is one of the largest exporters, which is giving us access to a growing volume of excellent quality grapes. We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation with the Mahindra team and the growers, to jointly develop innovations, new markets and customers,” van de Klundert said.

MASL is part of the US $17.8 billion Mumbai-based Mahindra group. The group’s Mahindra Agribusiness has become one of India’s largest grape exporters, launched the premium fresh fruit and dairy brand Saboro, and established ‘Farm to Fork’ presence across the Agri value chain.

OFD Holding BV had revenue of about €71 million in the year ended October 2016. Origin Fruit Direct is active year-round presence in grape and citrus markets.