Stemilt Growers sends first consignment of unfumigated fruit to IG International
IG International sees potential to grow the market for US cherries in India on the back of a new phytosanitary protocol.
The Mumbai-headquartered importer has just received its first shipment of fruit under the new protocol, which removes the requirement for fumigation.
IG expects the new protocol will speed up the process of importing US cherries by four weeks.
The initial consignment of unfumigated fruit was sent to IG by Stemilt Growers, a leading grower-packer-exporter with operations in California and Washington State.
The cherries arrived just ten days after the notification was published to discontinue the old protocol.
Shubha Rawal of IG International said the new protocol would provide Indian consumers with a higher quality cherry offering.
“We are extremely elated to receive the very best cherries from the USA, shipped by Stemilt Growers,” explained Rawal.
“Having sourced from a leading grower of first-grade cherries, we at IG International are confident that we’ll be able to put these ambrosial fruits in the fruit baskets of every Indian cherry lover. This quality of import reflects our commitment to serve nothing but the very best and superior quality of fruit to our patrons.”
Brianna Shales, marketing director of Stemilt Growers, said her company would work with IG to grow the cherry category across India.
“IG International is one of the leading fresh fruit importers in India and we are delighted to source our world-renowned cherries for the Indian market,” Shales explained.
“At Stemilt, it has always been about cultivating the freshest and best fruits to delight people. With IG International, we are assured that these top-quality and juicy cherries will reach most parts of India and set the Indian fruit palate for an enthrallingly unique experience.”