India's annual international fresh produce conference and expo event , organised by ASIAFRUIT in cooperation with The SCS Group, takes place on 27-28 April 2017 at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel in Mumbai. Fresh Produce India brings you a programme full of expert insights and quality networking.

To propose a conference topic or to take part as a speaker or expert panelist please contact:

John Hey – john@fruitnet.com
Matt Jones – matthew@fruitnet.com

FRESH PRODUCE INDIA 2017 programme

Thursday, 27 April 2017

08:30 - 09:30 Registration and Welcome Refreshments

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome to Fresh Produce India 2017

09:45 - 11:00 Plenary Session 1: Future consumer, future trends

What are the big consumer trends to look out for India? What do they mean for fresh produce marketers? From the rise of online retailing to growing demand for organic foods, expert analysts give their take on how this burgeoning consumer market is likely to evolve.

11:00 - 19:30 Fresh Produce India Expo opens

11:45-12:30 Workshop 1
Roundtable: Dutch solutions for Indian horticulture

The Netherlands is a global leader in horticulture technology and protected cropping. Key players from the sector discuss the opportunities for India’s horticulture sector to improve yields, quality and food safety with the use of Dutch knowledge and technology. 

Hosted by HortiTechIndia

12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch

        14:00 - 15:00 Workshop 2
        Grape gains – getting access to the best varieties

        India's table grape industry needs access to the best varieties to capitalise on its great potential as a global supplier. What do some of the leading international table grape breeding programmes offer? What are the opportunities and challenges in developing such varieties on Indian soils? 

        15:00 - 16:00 Networking break

        Sponsored by IG International

        16:00 - 17:30 WORKSHOP 4
        HARNESSING THE POWER OF PACKAGING

        Leading players in the packaging sector discuss some of the latest solutions and technology, and explain their potential for application in India.

        14:00 - 15:00 WORKSHOP 3
        FOOD SERVICE FOCUS

        While India's food service sector is fairly unstructured, it offers potential marketing avenues for higher products seeking to carve a niche in the country. Leading analysts outline the size, scope and structure of the sector, and discuss the best marketing strategies with fresh produce suppliers. 

         

        16:00 - 17:30 WORKSHOP 5
        APPLE BRANDS – WHAT'S IN STORE?

        As Asia's largest apple import market, Indian demand is heavily dominated by Red Delicious, but other varieties are beginning to catch on. We look at some of the newer generation club varieties and premium apple brands and explore their commercial prospects in India.

          17:30 - 19:30 cocktail reception

          Sponsored by 

           

          FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017

          09:00 - 10:30 PLENARY SESSION 2: SEEING THE VALUE

          From cold chain facilities to packaging solutions, India's fresh produce business now has a wide range of products and solutions at its disposal to move up the value chain. But such products and services are struggling to gain traction, and this is hampering the industry's development. Why is this? How can industry mindsets be changed? How have local companies benefited from applying such models and solutions? 

          10:30 - 14:00 FRESH PRODUCE INDIA EXPO OPENS

          11:30 - 12:30 WORKSHOP 6
          NEW EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES IN RUSSIA AND THE BALTICS

          Russia is seeking to diversify its import supply base while demand is growing from emerging markets in eastern Europe and the Baltics. How can Indian exporters make more of the opportunities in this part of the world?

           

           

          11:30 - 12:30 WORKSHOP 7
          BEYOND APPLES – NEW HORIZONS FOR IMPORTS

          Apples continue to dominate India's fruit import market, but other fruits are now building up a critical mass of sales, with good opportunities for expansion. This interactive workshop zones in on a few of the emerging categories, hearing from expert analysts and leading suppliers.

           

          12:30 - 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

          14:00 FRESH PRODUCE INDIA EXPO CLOSES

          14:30 - 18:00 DELEGATE TOURS

          Organised visits to some of Mumbai's leading food retailers, both traditional and modern.

          Asish Puri is an associate partner with OC&C Strategy Consultants in India. With close to 13 years of management consulting experience, predominantly in consumer and building products, he has devised and implemented strategies for small, medium and large companies. Growth, diversification, and turnaround strategies are his core areas. He has assisted clients in India, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. Asish is a commerce graduate with an MBA in Marketing.

          Purnima Khandelwal
          INI Farms (India)

          Purnima Khandelwal is chief executive and co-founder of INI Farms. Purnima spearheads the global operations of the company, including branding, sales and marketing. She is the driving force behind India’s first ‘safe food’ brand, Kimaye, leading the entire gamut of brand building initiatives, from consumer insights to packaging innovations and distribution. As a co-founder of INI Consulting (started in 2003), Purnima has advised large private sector companies in agriculture, heavy engineering, electronics, infrastructure and chemicals. She has also worked with government organisations like Indian Railways and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

          Manik Patil is president of the Maharashtra Grape Growers Association. After finishing his studies, Manik joined his family’s grape growing business in 1988. In 1993, he began exporting Indian grapes to the UK and he later ventured into wine making, establishing the partnership ND Wines. Manik has played a key role in introducing new table grape varieties to India, such as Fantasy Seedless and Crimson Seedless, which have gained strong acceptance among UK and European retailers. He has also served as secretary of the All India Grape Exporters Association. Manik holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Business Administration.

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          Gunjan Jain
          VKC Nuts (india)

          Gunjan Jain is chief executive and managing director of VKC Nuts. He is tasked with spearheading growth in the company, which has been engaged in the trade of nuts and dried fruits since 1926. Gunjan took over the reins of the company in the mid 1990s, when it was still a small entity. He has helped VKC Nuts grow into India’s premier nuts and dried fruit company across imports, exports, processing, wholesale and modern retail. Gunjan is actively involved in promotional activities and works with various trade and affiliated bodies to increase the consumption of nuts, dried fruits and berries in India.

           

          Akhilesh Bhargava is the managing director of AVI Global Plast India. AVI is one of the largest converters of rigid PVC and rigid PET films in India. Akhilesh has over 16 years of experience in the polymer, plastics and packaging industries. He is the chairman of the environment committee and anti-dumping duty investigations committee at the All India Plastics Manufacturers Association. He holds an MBA from Mumbai University with a major in finance.

          Parth Karvat heads up global procurement for leading Indian importer-exporter Yupaa Group. He is actively involved in formulating and executing the group’s marketing strategies, and also oversees Yupaa’s packaging division of imported fruits. The son of Yupaa Group owners Yujita and Ambrish Karvat, Parth joined the business in 2009 after graduating university with a degree in commerce, specialising in business management. He also holds a post-graduate degree in family business management.

          Maarten Oostenbrink
          Ludvig Svensson (The Netherlands)

          Maarten Oostenbrink is managing director of Ludvig Svensson, a global leader in climate screens. Svensson screens are designed to give growers more effective climate control: from solar reflection and light diffusion to shading and cooling. Ludvig Svensson is part of HortiTechIndia, a consortium of Dutch companies and knowledge institutes operating in the horticulture sector. The public-private partnership is working in India to help upgrade the country’s horticulture sector, with a particular focus on increasing vegetable growers’ yields and incomes.

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          Filip Fontaine is general manager of Belgian cooperative Belorta. As Belgium’s largest fruit and vegetable auctioneer, Belorta has a wide portfolio of fruit it markets domestically and internationally through its export partners. Filip has also served as an advisor on a number of auction projects in Shanghai since 2013. He is chairman of VDT, the association of fresh produce auction CEO’s in Belgium and the Netherlands, and also a board member of B3F, which focuses on breeding new apple-varieties.

          Paul Hardman is the industry affairs manager of the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA). As an organisation, CGA represents all producers in South Africa that export citrus. Taking up his current position in 2003, Paul initially focused on food safety and quality assurance requirements for the 70-odd countries receiving South African citrus. The role has expanded over time to include overseeing special export programmes, supporting market access initiatives and more recently building IT platforms to make the fruit export process simpler and, ideally, paperless.

           

          Seshu Kumar
          Big Basket (INDIA)

          Seshu Kumar is national head of buying and merchandising for Indian online grocery retailer Big Basket. Prior to joining Big Basket, Seshu was head of rural retailing and marketing at ITC’s Agri Business Division, where he ran the Choupal Saagar chain of rural hypermarkets and rural activations for all ITC brands. He has also worked with Fabmall.com (then Fabmart.com), which was launched by the same team as Big Basket. Seshu has spearheaded Fabmall’s expansion into supermarkets.

          Dr Avi Perl is the chief scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture in Israel. He has served in his current role since 2012 and has been heading up Israeli table grape breeding projects over the last 20 years. He has previously served as deputy director of the Institute of Plant Sciences and as head of the Department of Floriculture. He has also held senior positions with many other committees aimed at mediating basic and applied research in plant biotechnology, horticulture and molecular biology in Israel. Perl received his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, in 1990.

          Azhar Tambuwala
          Sahyadri Farmers ProduceR Company (India)

          Azhar Tambuwala is the director of Sahyadri Farmers Producer Company. Having been involved in the fresh produce export trade for the past 22 years, Azhar has played a leading hand in shaping the co-operative movement for Indian Grape farmers. He has travelled extensively to international markets to gain an understanding of product quality, packing, certifications and consumer preferences, in attempt to bring about change to India’s grape export industry. He has also pioneered the supply of Indian pomegranates to Europe and is involved with banana exports to the Middle East. He is working on building export programmes for various other fruit and vegetable categories, based on product and market requirements.

          SD Saravana Gughan
          Green Kitchen Multi Specialty Food (India)

          SD Saravana Gughan is CEO of Green Kitchen Multi Specialty Food, which is focused on fresh food, fine food and multi cuisine restaurants. Saravana has more than 20 years’ experience spanning the agribusiness, food retail, food service and quick service restaurant (QSR) sector. He played a key role in developing Reliance Retail’s food retail division with the establishment of the Reliance Fresh/Mart/Super businesses across India. Serving as vice-president and business head of fresh food services for Reliance Retail, his key contribution was to develop and execute supply chain integration for fresh fruit and vegetables. Prior to joining Reliance in 2005, Saravana spent a decade working with McDonald’s South Asia, where he set up supply chains spanning a range of fresh food segments. He also played a major role in McDonald’s APMEA agricultural products sourcing, processing cold chain, distribution and logistics.

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          Pier Filippo Tagliani is president of CIV Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti. A leading European research station, CIV specialises in variety innovation within a number of fruit categories, including strawberries, apples and pears. He has played a leading role in the development and promotion of Modi apples since 2007 and serves as chairman of ModìEuropa Spa.

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          Dario Mauro Lezziero is marketing director and international project manager of Modi Europa. Dario has considerable business experience within the FMCG sector, with his current role focused on the launch and marketing of new products within international markets. Over the last seven years, Dario has played a significant role in developing brand awareness for Modi apples.

          Srinivasa Ramanujam
          Adani Agrifresh (India)

          Srinivasa Ramanujam is the business head of Adani Agrifresh. Srinivasa is a management graduate from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), and has over 34 years of professional experience in various agri-businesses. He started his professional career with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). He has also worked with Mahindra Shubhlabh Services and set up the rural retail business for Triveni Engineering & Industries. Prior to joining Adani Agrifresh, he was the head of agri supply chain for Reliance Retail in Gujarat.

          Jagdeep Koushik
          Deccanfield Agro Industries (India)

          Jagdeep Koushik is chief executive of Deccanfield Agro Industries, a fast-emerging Indian exporter of fruits and other agricultural produce set up in June 2016. Deccanfield has a particular focus on bananas, and has been building its Bengaluru Baby Bananas brand in domestic and export markets. Jagdeep is qualified in international trade, export documentation and export financing. He began his career as an automobile enthusiast refurbishing vintage vehicles. He later launched an advertising agency with friends – Shout Out Media – in which he is still involved. Jagdeep holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Diploma in Automobile Engineering.

          Sudipta Mukhopadhyay
          Walmart India (India)

          Sudipta Mukhopadhyay is divisional merchandising manager – fresh at WalMart India. Sudipta has extensive experience in India’s food and agribusiness sector, having worked across sales, marketing, sourcing, commodity and fresh produce trading, operations and channel management, production management and private label creation. He has worked with multi business conglomerates such as TATA Rallis, ITC International Business Division and RPSG-Spencer’s retail division. Sudipta says he appreciates the challenges faced by the food and agribusiness sector in India and is committed to contributing towards its growth.

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          Jacob Mualem Marom is the director of Kidum R&D Applications at the Agriculture Research Organisation (ARO) Volcani Center. The ARO is the research arm of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and is responsible for roughly 70 per cent of the public R&D in agriculture in Israel. Kidum is responsible for the commercialisation of technologies from the ARO and their development into commercial products in collaboration with the private sector. During Jacob’s term, the ARO’s yearly income via Kidum has risen by more than 400 per cent. Prior to joining Kidum and the ARO, Jacob was deputy director for work relations and wages at the Israeli Ministry of Finance.

          Pratik Shevade is sales manager of Euromonitor in India. He is responsible for a team of sales professionals, working closely with them to generate new business leads for the market research company. His clientele includes financial and professional services companies, academic institutes and government agencies. His strong, communicative partnership with the Indian syndicated research team has been instrumental in developing focused solutions for clients and for clients to understand the value of research to their business. Pratik holds a degree from Visvesvaraya Technological University in Electronic Engineering.

          Siva Shankaran is the head of business development at packaging company Uflex. During his six years with Uflex, Siva has developed FlexfreshO, a shelf life extension solution for fresh produce. He has held several key positions in the flexible packaging industry over the last 22 years and has experience in manufacturing, operations, product development and marketing.

          Gerhard Dichgans is chief executive of VOG, a consortium of fruit growing co-operatives in Italy’s South Tyrol region. Gerhard served as VOG’s head of sales prior to taking up his current position in 1990. Gerhard holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Freiburg. He speaks Italian, German, English, Spanish and French.

          Dr AK Singh
          National Horticulture Board (India)

          Dr Anand Kumar (AK) Singh is managing director of the National Horticulture Board (NHB). NHB was set up by the Indian government in 1984 to promote the holistic growth of the horticulture sector. Part of the Ministry of Agriculture, NHB supports farmers and entrepreneurs to face the challenges of globalised markets with improved production, post-harvest management and value addition. Anand is also chairman of the Coconut Development Board, which falls under the Ministry of Agriculture. Prior to joining NHB, he was senior scientist at the Tata Energy Research Institute. He holds an M.Sc and a Ph.D from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi.

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          Niyazi Gasymov is the co-founder of Russian importer Souyzpormcontract. Established in 1995, the company opened its first warehouse in the Moscow region in 2004. Souyzpormcontract has continued to expand into other regions of Russia and currently operates eight branches in cities such as Saint-Petersburg, Saratov, Kaluga, Astrakhan, Omsk and Chelyabinsk. In 2008, the company started growing its own apples, plums and persimmon, with its production base currently spread across 418ha. Niyazi is also the head of the Association of Producers, Importers and Exporters of Fresh Produce (APIEFP).

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          Anton Kruger is chief executive of South Africa’s Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum. He has extensive experience in stakeholder and executive management across various industries, including tertiary education, broadcasting, financial services and agriculture. Before joining the Exporters’ Forum in March 2012, Anton was the chief executive of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber.  He is currently a board member of the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB). Anton holds an MBA degree, along with a BA Honours (Geography), Higher Education Diploma and a Diploma in Investment Management.

          Tarun Arora is a director of IG International. His role focuses on guiding the company through diversification and growth, as it continues to position itself as one of the leaders in the Indian fresh fruit industry. Sensing the need to develop an end-to-end cool chain, Tarun has played a leading hand in establishing IG Supply Chain, a network of temperature-controlled warehouses holding a capacity of 20,000 pallets across nine facilities. In addition to the cool stores, IG Supply Chain operates a fleet of 70 trucks, 50 of which are reefer trucks that ship products from ports to markets. Tarun holds a Diploma in Private Equity from Harvard Business School, along with an MBA from MIT School of Business. He is the son of IG International chairman G.C Arora.

          Fresh Produce India delegates can join our organised visits to various places of interest for berry professionals.

          Please note that you will need to register via form and spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

          Friday 28 April 2017

          DELEGATE TOUR 2 - retail TRACK

          14:30 Departure from Trident Hotel, Nariman Point

          14:45–15:15 Tour of Crawford Market

          Crawford Market, it is one of South Mumbai’s most famous markets. It is named after Arthur Crawford, the first Municipal Commissioner of the city. The market houses a wholesale fruit, vegetable and poultry market. Most of the sellers inside the market sell imported items such as foods, cosmetics, household and gift items. It was the main wholesale market for fruits in Mumbai until March 1996, when the wholesale traders were relocated to Navi Mumbai (New Bombay).

          16:15–16:45 Tour of Nepean Sea Road

          Nepean Sea Road, is an upmarket neighbourhood near Malabar Hill in South Mumbai. Nepean Sea Road is one of the costliest area in Mumbai. This place is having fruit & vegetable roadside vendors.

          17:05–17:45 Tour of Reliance Fresh & Godrej Nature’s Basket Store

          Reliance Retail started its journey in 2006 with the opening of its first Reliance Fresh store. Today Reliance Retail operates over 500 Reliance Fresh stores across 80 cities and sells over 200 metric tonnes of fruits and over 300 metric tonnes of vegetables every day. Reliance Fresh is India’s leading neighbourhood retail chain, synonymous with freshness & savings. With the three core promises of Fresh Hamesha, Available Hamesha and Savings Hamesha, Reliance Fresh is a one-stop-shop for fresh shopping, fresh savings and fresh happiness. From fresh fruits & vegetables to dairy, cereals to spices, processed food & beverages to home & personal care products, we have the entire gamut of your grocery needs covered.

          Godrej Nature’s Basket is a gourmet grocery and fresh food store with a product offering from across the world. It is a venture of the Godrej Group. Godrej Nature’s Basket was founded in 2005 as a world food store and now operates 35 physical stores in cities such as Mumbai, the National Capital Region of Delhi (NCR), Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad. The retail chain sells fresh vegetables, fruits, cold cuts, meats, cheese, organic foods and dairy products. Today, it also operates as an online grocery store and mobile app platform which caters to 125 cities across India. Nature’s Basket acquired Mumbai-based online grocery store Ekstop.com in 2015 to strengthen online presence across 125 cities in India.

          18:10 Arrive at Trident Hotel, Nariman Point

          DELEGATE TOUR 1 - market TRACK

          14:30 Departure from Trident Hotel, Nariman Point

          15:30–16:30 Tour of Vashi Wholesale Market

          A.P.M.C, the biggest wholesale market of Navi Mumbai is located in Vashi. It is not only Navi Mumbai’s biggest market for food grains and fruits but also the cheapest. In fact there is not a single agricultural produce market in Mumbai also which can stand parallel to the A.P.M.C. The shops are arranged categorically. There are four markets in the A.P.M.C, namely - Phase-I, Market-I which is the Onion and Potato Market; Phase-I, Market-II which is the fruit and vegetable market; Phase-II, Market-I which is the commodity market and Phase-II, Market-II which is the grain, rice and oilseed market.

          16:40–17:10 Tour of HyperCity, InOrbit Mall, Vashi

          HyperCity Retail (India) Ltd, founded in 2006, is part of the K. Raheja Corp. Group, a leader in the Indian retail sector. HyperCITY is India’s finest hypermarket offers its customers a dominating assortment of over 44,000 quality products across categories which offer great value in a large, modern and exciting format. It also offers other value added services like consumer finance, Coffee shop, Restaurants etc under one roof to make the shopping experience more rich, convenient and complete. HyperCITY launched its first store in Malad, Mumbai, which is spread over 120,000 sq ft. Today HyperCITY has 17 stores across Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune and Ahmedabad.

          18:10 Arrive at Trident Hotel, Nariman Point