India: Baby bananas set to conquer
Deccan Field specializes in Cavendish and Yelakki varieties. The company is the largest producer of Yelakki bananas in India. One of the main brand products of the company are Bengaluru Baby bananas (BBB). “Our BBB brand was greatly appreciated by the audience at Fruit Logistica, they were even called "cute" due to their small sizes. The taste made a positive impact as well.”
The export market for Indian bananas has been on the rise. The total volume of exported bananas was a bit over 63.000 tons in 2014/2015. In the season of 2015/2016, this volume increased by a massive 45% up to 93.500 tons. A major reason for this increase is that consumers of the western regions in Asia have taken a liking to Indian bananas. The main export markets are currently the Middle East and Dubai. However, European markets like the UK and France are importing more and more Indian bananas as well. Deccan Field is based in Karanataka in Bangalore in southern India. The farms that work for the company are set up about 50 kilometers from the corporate office. The total acreage amounts to over 320 hectares, with a combined production capacity of 25 to 50 tons per day. The company was previously only able to supply to the domestic market, as production in India was limited due to the drought of the last two years. “We lacked a constant supply of water, which was of crucial importance for increasing our yields,” explains Gowda. However, thanks to a large irrigation project that was set up by the company director, C.P. Yogeshwar, Deccan Field was able to establish just that. “With the current water supply, we were able to increase our production rate by 35%. Our company has also ensured a strong market for our farmers and allowed for added value for their produce,” ended Gowda.
In order to gain a foothold in the European market, the Indian banana company, Deccan Field, attended the last edition of Fruit Logistica. According to Prashanth Gowda of Deccan Field, the feedback at the event has exceeded expectations. “Some visitors told us our bananas were the best ones they’ve ever had. We got people interested in our products and we’re going to follow up this interest by travelling to Frankfurt and Dubai for trade fairs.”
Indian Papayas Shipped by Sea Packed in Uflex’s Flexfresh Create Ripples in Dubai Market
3 July 2017
Bangalore-based Deccan Field Agro Industries has large plantations of papaya in Southern India and was looking for the perfect packaging solution to export papaya by sea freight.
When the company found out that Uflex Ltd offers the appropriate technology and solution, Deccan decided to export the best Indian papayas to Dubai by sea.
Uflex Ltd has been offering its active modified atmosphere packaging (AMAP) solutions across the world using Perfotec’s Fast Respiration Meter to determine the respiration rate of the fresh produce, and by using Perfotec’s Laser system to make micro perforations based on the respiration rate, weight and the target oxygen levels for creating the perfect modified atmosphere inside the liner bags manufactured from a special patented polymeric composition.
Flexfresh Liner bag by Uflex is the only biodegradable solution that maintains the equilibrium of oxygen and carbon dioxide inside the bag with an added advantage of keeping the product dry without losing weight.
Deccan Field and Uflex started the process of testing the respiration rate of papaya using the Fast Respiration Meter and designed the solution for extending the shelf life for up to four to five weeks. Papayas were harvested in the right stage and brought to their pack house. Subsequently, they were sorted and graded as per the stringent requirements of the Export market. Flexfresh Liner bags were placed in the box before placing the papaya. The papayas were prepared as per the Export requirement and a Foam Net was used on individual papayas to avoid any surface injury during transportation.
The first 40ft refrigerated container set sail from Deccan Field’s Pack House to Dubai via the Mangalore Sea Port. This container broke several records of its kind, being the first ever container of Indian papayas to be exported, the first container sent from Mangalore port for fresh fruits, and the first container to be received in Dubai only containing papayas.
Importing company Southern Star LLC received the container at its cold storage facility during the month of Ramadan. With almost the entire population in Middle East observing fast, the Indian papayas were sent to the market and the entire container was finished within a couple of days of receiving it at Dubai. Supermarkets and fruit wholesalers were extremely happy with the arrival quality of the Indian papayas and Deccan Field further sent additional shipments during the Ramadan period for papayas to reach Dubai.
Thanking Deccan Field for its trust and belief in Uflex’s AMAP solution, Mr Siva Shankaran, vice-president of Flexfresh, informed that Flexfresh has been able to deliver freshness for a wide variety of fresh produce both in India and overseas. He also added that customers have started packing in Flexfresh when the supplies are high, in order to preserve the product for longer period of time and release them when the supply is low, allowing them to extend the availability and also reduce their losses.
Expressing his total satisfaction on the maiden shipment of papayas from India by Sea Mr CP Yogeeshwara, chairman and managing director of Deccan Field expressed that Uflex has partnered in making this export a grand success with their professional approach and supported them in providing the most optimized packaging solution. He further expressed that Deccan Field is now planning to export other fruit and vegetables such as Bengaluru baby bananas, green chillies, sweet potato, curry leaves, French beans, small onions, Ivy gourd, and drumsticks using Flexfresh liner bags to meet the wide Indian Diaspora residing in the Middle East and also in Europe. All these consignments will be done through sea, he further added.
Mr Ashok Chaturvedi chairman and managing director, Uflex Limited expressed his happiness that Uflex is able to offer its superior and optimised packaging solutions to the exporters of fresh produce thereby resulting in higher export earnings and also catering to Indian citizens across the world with their choicest fruits and vegetables. He particularly highlighted the role Flexfresh packaging is playing towards curtailing wastage of food, which is the pressing need of the hour worldwide.