India's annual international fresh produce conference and expo event , organised by ASIAFRUIT in cooperation with The SCS Group, takes place on 26-27 April 2018 at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel in Mumbai. Fresh Produce India brings you a programme full of expert insights and quality networking.
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THURSDAY 26 APRIL 2018
08:30-09:30 Registration and Welcome Refreshments
09:30-09:45 Welcome to FRESH PRODUCE INDIA 2018
9:45-11:00 Plenary Session 1 (Rooftop room): India: the changing consumer landscape
India’s young and dynamic consumer market is evolving rapidly. Modern retail is extending its reach into second- and third-tier cities. Digital channels are increasing their influence. What are the opportunities for fresh produce marketers to partner with retailers on category creation? How can farmers and marketers make the most of the consumer-direct channels that are emerging? How do consumer demands differ from region to region and how can marketers tailor their offerings accordingly?
- Palat Vijayaraghavan, Leaf, INDIA
- Filip Fontaine, BelOrta, BELGIUM
- Devangshu Dutta, Third Eyesight, INDIA
- K Radhakrishan, Starquik.com, INDIA
11:00 FRESH PRODUCE INDIA EXPO opens
11:00-11:45 networking break - sponsored by ngk trading
12:30-14:00 Networking Lunch at FRESH PRODUCE INDIA EXPO - sponsored by ig international
14:00-15:00 Workshop Sessions
Purposeful packaging: from preservation to marketing
India’s fresh produce business is discovering the power of packaging, right from protecting and preserving fruit to merchandising product and adding value to the consumer offering. We showcase some of the latest advances in the field, and looks at their potential application in the Indian market.
New supply sources for India’s apple market
India’s apple importers are prospecting for new supply sources to meet ever-growing demand. Turkey and Iran are already benefiting from the recent closure of the market to Chinese apples. Longer-term, opportunities could develop for Germany, Portugal and Greece, which all recently gained access to the market. This session explores the options available to Indian buyers and considers the commercial prospects for a range of suppliers.
- Pierre Nicolas Pérès, Brazilian Apple Growers Association, BRAZIL
- Gagan Khosla, NGK Trading, INDIA
- Aysel Oguz, Anadolu Etap Penkon, TURKEY
15:00-16:00 networking break - Celebrating the launch of Kiwifruit from Chile
16:00-17:30 Workshop Sessions
Building the berry category
Berries have become big business for the global fresh produce business, but India remains largely uncharted territory for international players. What are the opportunities and challenges to developing the berry category in India, from developing domestic production of proprietary varieties to promoting imports?
Fresh solutions to India’s cold chain challenge
This session looks at how the logistics landscape is evolving at a macro-level in India, while zoning in on some of the investments and initiatives that are making a difference for fresh produce distributors and marketers.
17:30-19:30 Cocktail Reception - Sponsored by vlam
FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018
09:00-10:30 Plenary Session 2 (Rooftop room) Linking the chain: the future of Indian horticulture
The Indian government has a mission to double farmer incomes by 2020. Horticulture has a vital role to play in reaching this goal, but there needs to be a whole-of-chain approach that integrates farmers and connects them to the end-consumer. An expert panel explores the keys to developing commercial horticulture in India, educating farmers and improving their returns. What role do government agencies, corporate institutions and technology solutions have to play?
- SD Saravana Gughan, Green Kitchen Multi Speciality Food, INDIA
- Ajay Vir Jakhar, Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum), INDIA
- Sreeram Chellappa, FarmLink, INDIA
- Col Subhash Deswal, Sunshine Vegetables, INDIA
10:30-14:00 Fresh Produce India Expo opens
10:30-11:30 networking break
11:30-12:30 Workshop Sessions
Creating a sustainable future for Indian grapes
While India’s table grape export industry has great potential in global markets, a disastrous 2017 campaign has underlined the need to review how it does business. What can India learn in best practice from the likes of Chile and Peru? How can India bring more transparency to the trade by developing real-time information systems to track shipments? What are the opportunities in new varieties and markets? Industry experts share their vision of the future for India’s table grape exports.
Investment models for Indian horticulture
India’s fresh produce business needs investment to establish infrastructure and technologies to capitalise on the huge opportunities in front of it. Agribusiness finance experts highlight some of the key areas ripe for investment, and discuss the most effective methods of sourcing equity for India’s horticulture start-ups. We also look at case studies of some of the leading players to attract investment, and hear about their journeys.
12:30-14:00 Networking Lunch at Fresh Produce India Expo
14:00 Fresh Produce India Expo Closes
14:30-18:00 delegate TOURS
TOUR 1: MARKET TRACK
14:30 – Depart from Trident, 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. Infact 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.
16:45 – 17:15 Tour of Big Bazaar, Seawoods Grand Central Mall
Big Bazaar is an Indian retail store that operates as a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores. The retail chain was founded by Kishore Biyani under his parent organisation Future Group, which is known for having a significant prominence in Indian retail and fashion sectors. Big Bazaar is also the parent chain of Food Bazaar, Fashion at Big Bazaar (abbreviated as FBB) and eZone where at locations it houses all under one roof, while it is sister chain of retail outlets like Brand Factory, Home Town, Central, eZone, etc.
Founded in 2001, Big Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest hypermarkets chain of India, housing about 250+ stores in over 120 cities and towns across the country.
18:15 Arrival at Trident, Nariman Point
TOUR 2: RETAIL TRACK
14:30 – Depart from Trident, 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).
15:45 – 16:15 Traditional Roadside, Prarthana Samaj
Traditional roadside retail at Prarthana Samaj area in Mumbai. To get the flavour of traditional retail practices in India. Established 30-35 roadside shops, most of them mobile, catering to the upmarket clientele from the neighbourhood.
16:30 – 17:00 Traditional Roadside, Grant Road
Traditional roadside retail at Grant Road area in Mumbai. To get the flavour of traditional retail practices in India. Established roadside mobile shops catering to the all segments of clientele from the neighbourhood.
17:45 Arrival at Trident, Nariman Point