LOTS Whole­sale So­lu­tions un­veils its first store in In­dia

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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

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