Packaged food and vegetable group Dole International Holdings has entered the Indian market through a distribution deal with local conglomerate Future Group.

The deal has been done through Dole Packaged Foods Worldwide – a division of Singapore-based Dole International, which has operations in more than 70 countries. This is the first time its packaged products have been launched in India.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, global president for Dole Packaged Foods, said: “It is our priority at Dole to reduce the distance between people and healthy nutrition. We are excited to bring this mission to India with nutritious products that will enrich the Indian consumer lifestyles and culinary choices. We could not have asked for a better partner than Future Group on this journey.”

Kishore Biyani, group chief executive officer at Future Group, said: “We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Dole. Consumers in India are limited in their choices of fruit and fruit-based healthy products, as a result of limited seasonality and challenges in the supply chain.

“It is part of Future Group’s mission to increase the delivery of healthier food to our shoppers. And together with Dole, Future Group will work hand-in-hand to provide Indian shoppers with a diverse range of more nutritive offerings.”

Dole International Holdings is owned by Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corp., which acquired the worldwide packaged foods and Asian fresh produce operations of US group Dole Food Co. in 2013.

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