My grandfather, Mr. Ponnusamy, started this company in 1950 in the village of Nazareth, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India.
At that time, we didn't have any sources for fresh apples in South India. He planned to provide quality apples to South Indians. So we started to bring apples from north India, like Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir.
During that time, we faced challenges in transporting goods. We brought products through the railroads.
My grandfather, Mr. Ponnusamy, had eight children. My father, Mr. Arputham, was the first son, and he took over this business and expanded it to 3 more districts initially: Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, and Tuticorin.
I am Mr. Arulrajan. I am a BA Economics graduate. With the blessings of my parents, I took over the entire business and expanded it globally. We expanded the business globally, in the sense of importing a variety of fruits from various countries to Indian markets at affordable prices.
We started with importing apples from Australia (Queensland), which is the western part of Australia, to Tuticorin via seaport in 2001.
By that time, we had received a warm welcome from South Indian customers, which encouraged us to plan our business in a major city such as Chennai in India. So we shifted our business and focus to Chennai in 2002, in Asia's largest market, known as the Anna Fruit Market, Koyambedu.
In PAN India, we expanded our network to include Australia, United States Of America, China, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Turkey, Egypt, Poland, Italy, France, etc. Now we have suppliers in all continents.
Fruits that we import are: apples, citrus, grapes, plums, kiwis, longan, dragon fruits, etc.
Getting impressed with our business ethics, hard work, and the way we deal with our providers, few countries voluntarily invite us and introduce us to their farmers and suppliers in order to expand their businesses in the Indian market.
Some countries from where we import are
WE ARE PROUD TO SAY THAT WE ARE MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING CHAMBERS Such as,
Indo American Chamber Of Commerce
Indo-Australian Chamber Of Commerce
SICCI (The Southern India Chamber Of Commerce And Industry)
Southern India Fresh Fruit Importers Association
Arulrajan Vice President of SIFFI.
I, Arulrajan, am the Vice President of SIFFIA. MAERSK our logistics partner, is in the “fast liner,” and they provide more facilities for our storage, and we are MAERSK’s only CCM (Cold Chain Management) unit. We have the largest storage facility compared to others in Chennai.
In one instant, we can store 5000 metric tons of fruits in our cold storage, and so we provide the promised quality of fruits to customers.
We are also in the wholesale trade with supermarkets like Reliance, Heritage, More, Nilgris, Metro, Kovai Pazhamudir Nilayam, etc., and we have our own domestic carrier. We have the most satisfying reviews from our customers. We intend to expand our operations to the UAE, the United States, and South America.