India’s IG International has scooped the Asia Fruit Award for Importer of the Year at the 2018 Asia Fruit Logistica trade show in Hong Kong. Since establishing its import business in 1999, IG has become one of India’s premier fresh fruit importers, handling 50-plus varieties of fruit from more than 20 countries.
IG has invested heavily in cold-chain infrastructure to support the growth of fresh fruit imports, establishing a national network of facilities and trucks. Such infrastructure has helped the company to deliver fruit with optimum quality and taste to Indian consumers while also giving global suppliers more confidence to ship large volumes to India.
IG was also recognised for its pioneering role in expanding the range of imported fruits available to Indian consumers. Apples dominate India’s fruit import market, and IG has worked with leading global suppliers such as Mr Apple in New Zealand to introduce premium brands such as Diva. The company has also helped to grow the market for a range of other fruit categories such as pears, kiwifruit, citrus and, more recently, berries and avocados. IG has taken a proactive approach to promoting imported fruits to Indian consumers, conducting extensive tastings, deploying high-profile brand ambassadors and introducing new packaging.
The company is currently considered the second largest, cold-chain company by capacity in India -- handling 80 million pounds of fresh produce -- with aims to become the largest by 2020. In May 2018, the company opened a new facility in Mumbai with capacity for 65,000 pallets. Representatives from Washington State’s Stemilt Growers were on hand.
Source: Asia Fruit Logistica September 4, 2018 news release