21-22 March 2024   
The Trident Nariman Point Hotel, Mumbai    

Thursday 21 March 2024

09:30 – Registration opens
09:30 – 10:30 – Welcome coffee and expo open

Welcome to Fresh Produce India 2024

• Chris White, Fruitnet
• John Hey, Fruitnet

India: a market on the move
Fresh Produce India 2024 opens with a look at the big changes in the Indian market since the last in-person edition of the event took place in 2019. How has India’s fresh produce business evolved? And what key opportunities and challenges lie ahead? An expert panel discusses the changing consumer, retail and distribution landscape. 

• Tarun Arora, IG International (India)
• Sumit Saran, SS Associates (India)
• Saurabh Raina, Reliance Retail (India)
• Siddharth Tata, Amazon Fresh (India)  

11:20-12:00 – Networking Break

Category creation: spotlight on avocados and berries
Avocados and berries are two categories on the rise in India. Consumption is building rapidly from a low base, supplied by both imported and domestically grown fruit. As global suppliers and breeders move in on a market regarded as the ‘next frontier’ for these categories, we explore the opportunities and challenges. 

• Zac Bard, Westfalia Fruit (Global)
• Ajay TG, Westfalia Fruit (India)
• John Tyas, Avocados Australia (Australia)
• Ambrish Karvat, Yupaa Group of Companies (India)
• Peter McPherson, Costa Group (Australia)  

13:00-14:00 – Networking Lunch
Sponsored by 
Asia Fruit Logistica

Grown in India: developing the domestic offering
With its diverse climatic zones and ample supply of labour, India has great untapped potential as a fresh fruit and vegetable supplier. We look at some of new technologies and game-changing innovations helping to drive sustainable production and capitalise on market opportunities both domestically and overseas.

• Ajit Bisoi, Rijk Zwaan (India)
• Navneet Daga, Superplum (India)
• Azhar Tambuwala, Sahyadri Farms (India)
• Shardul Sheth, AgroStar (India)  


Knowledge session: hosted by Netherlands Horticulture 
The Netherlands is a global leader in horticulture technology. How can Dutch horticulture solutions enable Indian retailers to meet growing consumer demand for sustainable, high-quality and residue-free fresh produce?

• Desh Ramnath, Dutch Greenhouse Delta (Netherlands)
• Rithish Babu, Lemonchillii Farms (India)
• Peter-Jan Snellink, Van Der Hoeven Horticultural Projects (Netherlands)  

15:40-16:00 – Networking Break

Imports: where next for India?
India’s fresh fruit imports are displaying exciting growth. Consumers are demanding a wider range of varieties and products. Newer supplying countries are discovering the market. And sizeable investments in logistics infrastructure are speeding up distribution. We take a deep dive on the key trends and opportunities. 

• Jitender Lohani, DJ Exports (India)
• Anton Kruger, Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (South Africa)
• Jason Morris, Pink Lady (Singapore)
• Laurent De Smedt, BelOrta (Belgium)

17:00 – Closing drinks
Sponsored by 
Fruits South Africa

Friday 22 March 2024


7:30 Depart Trident Nariman Point Hotel
8:15 Visit IG International cold storage facility
9:45 Visit Vashi Wholesale Market
11:00 Visit Reliance Smart Bazaar store
13:30 Arrive back at Trident Nariman Point Hotel

Places on delegate tours are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A separate booking form will be send closer to the event. Please do not book a space on this tour unless you are certain you are able to attend.   

You are welcome to propose a conference topic and/or nominate someone as a speaker or panellist for Fresh Produce India 2024.

John Hey – john@fruitnet.com



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