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IG International in collaboration with Stemilt Growers, the leading North American pipfruit supplier, has been successfully fulfilling the demand of organic produce in the country. With fresh produce procurement spanning 22 countries and handling capacities of over 31 varieties of fruits, the company delivers on the diversified tastes of Indian markets. Dealing with the core activity of importing fresh fruits from all over the world, IG currently secures the best of exotic fruits all year round to supply the demand of high-quality fresh produce in India.
The import giant recently celebrated the arrival of the 1000th container of apples from Stemilt Growers at an event held in New Delhi. Attended by several notable guests and dignitaries, Mark Wallace, Acting Minister Counsellor for USDA was the guest of honour at the event. The occasion saw individual presentations from Senior Exports Manager William Young of Stemilt Growers, Prakash Thakur, a progressive apple grower and celebrity chef Ajay Chopra. The deliberations at the event outlined how Indians have developed a taste for exotic fruits owing to their high nutritional value and health benefits. Apple consumption in India has increased and stands at 2.23 MMT currently. Eating an apple a day provides 20% of the recommended daily value of dietary fibre, 8% of the antioxidant vitamin C, 7% of potassium and 130 calories sans fat, sodium and cholesterol. While some schools in India have made it mandatory for children to carry a fruit to school everyday, some are encouraging a morning fruit break. It was emphasized that fresh fruits constitute an important part of a healthy diet and that regular intake can boost autoimmune systems in children as well as adults.
Commenting on the occasion, Director, IG International, Tarun Arora said, “This celebration underlines our decade-old promise of delivering, exotic and delicious fruits to our customers. The arrival of the 1000th container of Stemilt apples is a testimony to the growth we are experiencing as part of this partnership. We look forward to continuing our association with Stemilt Growers and providing the freshest produce to our customers.”
With the ever growing purchasing power of Indian middle class, the demand for good quality and hygienic fruits is increasing and IG has positioned itself to serve the burgeoning demand. The company is also looking to invest in farming as part of its CSR initiative. With their upcoming facility in Himachal Pradesh, they are looking to partner with local farmers. Having invested in enforcing international standards to grade and size apples in order to ensure high yields for farmers, IG is also looking to farm potatoes by using modern techniques of farming, packaging and storage.
L to R: Tarun Arora, Shubha Wadhawan, William Young & Ajay Chopra