The food supply chain : Tandle IMEX’s solution to five major problems

Due to consumers expectations, the food supply chain is growing faster than ever. This has expanded the supply chain geographically and across many more parties, making it larger and more complex. In India, the food sector has become high growth and profit sector. India is the 2nd largest food producer in the world. Indian food sector includes vegetables and fruits, milk and milk products, fisheries, poultry and meat, grain processing, chocolates and confectionery, plantation and alcoholic beverages.

Manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers and other parties are under pressure to get their products to the market quickly, safely and in time. That’s a main challenge

Six stages of food supply chain 

These six stages are very important, if compromised, number of problems will arise and the whole supply chain will be at risk. A typical food supply chain consist of these stages –

  • Sourcing of raw materials
  • Manufacturing / Production
  • Processing and packaging
  • Storage
  • Wholesale Distribution
  • Retail redistribution to end user

Let’s discuss five major problems that affect food supply chain.

Five Major Problems

Traceability : 

Nowadays, many consumers want to trace product. Hence it is important to have all data on food products and your supply chain. Sharing information at each step of the food supply chain increases food safety, brand integrity and enhances customer loyalty.

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To overcome this issue Tandle Imports and Exports takes help of Blockchain Technology. It is a shared digital platform. Blockchain’s advantage is that once information is added, it is distributed within the network and it becomes permanent. That’s how our team can deliver the transparency, traceability and trust.

Safety and Quality :

The common causing factors that affect the quality and safety of food products are –

  • Poor warehousing / storage 
  • Slow transportation
  • Industrial incapability
  • Bitter weather

Due to these reasons the number of food product gets recall. A recall is costly and it can damage your reputation.

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Safety and Quality Check

To get rid of such problems, Tandle Imports and Exports select the best raw material. Our team choose an accredited testing laboratory that uses current technology. Tandle IMEX also choose the right packaging materials and processes to ensure the best quality products.

We also select a trustworthy logistics with impressive record and reputation for in-time delivery.

Communication :

Lack of communication leads to fragmented information. The insufficient data can result into a major impact on the food supply chain. This problem gets more critical of traders who are operating internationally. This happens because there are many parties involved in the chain.

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Live Chat

We, at Tandle IMEX, uses latest technology and cloud based networks to communicate with each party in the chain. Any business associates or consumers can reach to us using live chat 24×7.

Food Supply Chain Costs :

A food supply chain contains many costs, few important ones include –

  • Fuel costs
  • Transportation
  • Manpower
  • New technology
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Operating Costs

Checking on operating costs is constant challenge. In simple supply chains, spreadsheet comes handy. However, in the complex supply chain, you will need a technological solution. Tandle IMEX, uses modern technology to inhibit our efficiency and growth. A technological solution can save a lot over the long run.

Controlling Inventory In Warehouses and Stores :

To control costs and maintain quality, and satisfy customers, inventory has to be carefully managed. Too much and it will spoil and go waste. Too little and you disappoint your customers.

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Tandle IMEX takes help from modern inventory management solutions to manage inventory. We enabled real-time visibility to inventory, throughout supply chain, on-site and off-site, and in-transit support RFID, IoT and other real time tracking technologies.

We also control inventory by tie stores in the supply chain. Our sophisticated network solutions can sense demand and adjust or create orders on the fly. This helps in keeping service levels high, and inventory and waste low.

The food supply chain is challenging. Whether you are working in domestic or international market, you have to ensure a high level of quality and safety for your food products. Tandle Imports and Exports focused on all core areas and deliver good results. We are rising into food sector rapidly. Feel free to contact us anytime.

Export Quality Indian Okra | Varieties And Packaging

Indian Okra is available year-around. However, the peak period is typically in between March to July. It is finger shaped green coloured. And available either fresh or frozen.

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Okra Plant

Bhindi (Okra) also knows as Ladies finger, consider as an important vegetable of the tropical countries like India, Philippines, Thailand, Africa and South America.

Indian Okra Varieties

There are many varieties of bhindi as per the colour, shape and sizes. But for export purposes few selected breeds are available.

These are – Sobha, Sungrow 35, Vaishali, Vijay, Adhunik, Pancholi, Azad Kranti, Varsha Uphar etc.

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Bhindi + Water = Cleanse kidneys, treat diabetes and lower cholesterol.

Export Packaging For Okra

For export purposes, lady finger is packed in consumer packs of LDPE or Polypropylene. 20 consumer packs of 250 gm are placed in 2×2×5 pattern in a 5 kg CFB box.

Specification details for CFB boxes for packing 5 kg box (Dimension : 450×265×110 mm)

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* Outer ply of white duplex board.

Source – APEDA, New Delhi.


Temperature : 7.5 – 10 ℃

Relative Humidity : 90 – 95%

Storage Period : 1-2 weeks.

Health Benefits

The nutrients present in bhindi useful for preventing a number of health problems.

Cancer : Lectin from okra used in study to treat human Brest cancer cells. The treatment reduced cancer cell growth by 63 percent and killed 72 percent of the human cancer cells.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding : Folate is important for preventing fatal problems during a pregnancy. Getting enough folate is important for women before and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Heart health : Eating high fibre food can reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the blood. It also lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Okra has 3.2 g of fibre per cup.

Osteoporosis : Lady finger is high in vitamin K. Hence, eating enough vitamin K leads to have strong bones.

Gastrointestinal health : Dietary fibre helps prevent constipation, colorectal cancer and reduce appetite therefore it may result in weight loss.

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Indian Mangoes | Varieties | Export Packaging

Indian Mangoes are also know as “King Of Fruits”. Because of it’s sweet taste, richness and colour. It is the most important fruit and the country ranks first in mango exports and is largest producer in the world contributing 40.48% of the total world production. Today, we are going to talk about the most famous mangoes and mango packaging.

How Many Varieties Of Indian Mangoes Are There?

There are around 1,500 types of mangoes found in India. Out of which near about 1,000 varieties are grown commercially.

Alphonso / Hapus

Season – May to June

This is the most expensive variety of Indian mangoes and is exported in plenty. Alphonso is also known as “King Of Mangoes” because of sweetness.

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Konkan region in Maharashtra State is famous for Hapus. This is ovate oblique and medium in size. Orange-yellow in colour. The pulp is yellow-orange in colour.


Season – April to June

Banganpalli is one of the earliest varieties of mangoes you can get in the market.

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These mangoes are large and obliquely oval in shape. Weighing on an average 350 to 400 grams. The colour of fruit is Golden yellow. It is one of the most common cultivars of mango in South India. Hence, it is also called as the “King Of Mangoes” in South India.


Season – July to August

Chausa hit the market when you think the mango season is coming to an end. These are one of the sweetest mangoes grown in North India.

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Sweet pulp and light yellow skin, chausa is large, ovate to oval oblique in shape.


Season – June to July

One of the very famous variety of Indian mango. This one is best enjoyed by tearing off the tip and sucking out all sweet pulp and juice.

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Dashehri is medium in size. Shape is oblong-oblique. The skin colour is yellow. It is mid season variety.


Season – July to August

These are the prominent variety of mango. Langra is medium in size. Ovate in shape and lettuce green in colour.

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Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is famous for Banarasi Langra.


Season – July to August

The tip of these mangoes are look like Parrot’s (Tota in Hindi) beak that’s how they get the name. Totapuri hails from South India. This is not sweet like the other mangoes but good for salads.

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It is medium to large in size. Shape is oblong with necked base.


Season – June to July

Kesar mangoes are known for the fragrance and saffron coloured sweet pulp.

Grown in Western India. It is medium in size.

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Eating Mangoes Can Boost Brain Power

Mangoes are filled with vitamin B6 essential for improving and maintaining brain functions.

Details of sizing in Mango

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Packaging Of Mango For Export 

For export packaging each individual mango will be enclosed in a clean, white, soft, expandable and netted type polystyrene sleeve to prevent bruising before packing in a box.

The mangoes are packed in insect proof boxes. If ventilated boxes are used, they will be covered with insect proof screen. Also, all side of box should be sealed with adhesive tape to prevent any entry of pests.

The printing would be done with non-toxic ink. Then mangoes shall be packed in each container in compliance with the Recommended International Code of Practice for Packaging and Transport of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CAC/RCP 44-1995, Amd. 1-2004).

Specification Details of Corrugated Fibre Board (CFB)

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* Outer ply of duplex board | Source – Post-Harvest Manual For Export Of Mangoes, APEDA

Mango Storage

Mangoes are sensitive to refrigeration, freezing and ethylene exposure.

Temperature 13°C ± 0.5°C
Relative Humidity 90-95%
Storage Period 3-7 weeks
Freezing Point -1°C

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Intelligent Packaging for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Packaging or Export Packaging for fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the more important steps in the long and complicated journey from grower to consumer. Fresh fruits and vegetables have very high moisture content, ranging from 75-95%. Their equilibrium relative humidities are as high as 98%. Under any normal atmospheric condition, they will dry rapidly.

For the most part, packaging cannot delay or prevent fresh fruits and vegetables from spoilage. Incorrect packaging can accelerate spoilage. However, packaging can serve to protect against contamination, damage and, most importantly, against excess moisture loss.

Packaging Points

Recyclability / Biodegradability :

A growing number of export markets have waste disposal restrictions for packaging materials. In the near future, all produce packaging will be recyclable or biodegradable, or both.

Variety :

The trend is toward greater use of bulk packages for processors and wholesale buyers and small packages for consumers. There are now more than 1500 different sizes and styles of produce packages.

Sales Appeal :

High quality graphics are increasingly being used to boost sales appeal. Also, multi-colour printing, distinctive lettering, and logos are now common.

Shelf Life :

Modern produce packaging can be custom engineered for each commodity to extend shelf life and reduce waste.

Packaging For Fruit And Vegetables

Export packaging can be classified in a number of ways. The most important one is by stages of distribution system for which it is primarily intended.

  • Consumer or Unit Packaging
  • Transport Packaging
  • Unit Load Packaging

Bags :

Bags are the most common and favoured retail packs because of their low material and packaging cost. Net bags are used to provide desired ventilation and allow free air movement for the produce such as citrus fruits, onions, potatoes, etc. The bags can be made of paper, perforated polyethylene or polypropylene film, plastic or cotton nets.

Tray :

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Packs made of foamed polystyrene or PVC or PP are over wrapped with heat shrinkable or stretch films. A tight wrap immobilises the fruits and keeps them apart. Trays of moulded pulp, card board, thermoformed plastic or expanded polystyrene are also used.

Sleeve Packs :

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Sleeve Pack Packaging – Mesh Bag

These combine the low cost of bags and protective qualities and sales appeal of tray packs. Wraps of plastic film such as polyethylene or PVC, in the form of shrink- wrap, stretch film or cling film and regular net stocking or expanded plastic netting can also be used. The main advantage in sleeve packs is that they immobilise the produce at a fraction of cost of tray packs and the produce can be seen from all sides without damage to the fruit.

Corrugated Fibreboard Boxes :

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Corrugated Box Packaging

CFB (Corrugated fibreboard) boxes are the most commonly used shipping containers where cartons, glass, cans and pouches are the unit containers.

Plastic Corrugated Boxes :

The most commonly used material for plastic corrugated box is polypropylene and HDPE. Its advantage over CFB is low weight to strength ratio and its reusability. CFB box has an edge over plastic fibreboard boxes when cushioning properties are taken into consideration.

Plastic Crates :

Plastic crates, usually made up of HDPE or polypropylene by injection moulding have been replacing wooden and wire crates. These crates must have good resistant properties to ultraviolet degradation and shock damages.

Wooden Boxes :

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Wooden Box

Includes natural wood and industrially manufactured wood-based sheet materials. Manufactured wood based sheet materials include ply wood, hard board and particle board. Plywood is usually made from birch. t is rigid and strong, though perhaps somewhat less resistant to splintering than poplar, but is smoother and flatter to be suitable for direct printing.

Sacks :

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Sack Packaging – Jute Bag

These are flexible shipping containers which are generally used in food industries to transport raw materials viz. fruits and vegetables from the field. The commonly used materials for sacks are cotton, jute, flan, woven plastics (HDPE, Polypropylene). These sacks are advantageous to use as they cost less, have high strength, reusable and require little space for the empties.

Pallets :

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Pallets have been standardised keeping in view of the standard package sizes and sea containers. The sizes of the pallets are of strategic importance since they correspond directly to the sizes of various types of containers, ship cargo compartments, trucks, fork trucks, etc. Most commonly used pallet sizes are 120×80 cm (Euro pallet) and 120×100 cm (Sea pallet). Sea pallets are most commonly used outside Europe.

Active Packaging :

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Box Storage Packaging

Several new technologies offer the packer opportunities to modify the atmosphere inside the shipping package during distribution even though such control traditionally finishes with the sealing of the package. Packaging is termed as “active” when it performs some desired role other than to provide an inert barrier to the external environment. The goal of developing such packaging is the achievement of a more ideal match of the properties of the package to the requirements of the food. Hence, it addresses one or more specific needs of the food without necessarily having any impact on other food properties.

Ethylene Scavengers :

Ethylene (C2H4) acts as a plant hormone that has different physiological effects on fresh fruit and vegetables. It accelerates respiration, leading to maturity and senescence, and also softening and ripening of many kinds of fruits.

CO2 Scavengers :

CO2 is formed in some foods due to deterioration and respiration reactions. The CO2 produced has to be removed from the package to avoid food deterioration and/or package destruction. CO2 absorbers might therefore be useful.

Oxygen Scavenging :

Oxygen is such a broadly effective agent of deterioration in foods that a substantial industry has been established to provide a wide range of alternative means of oxygen removal from package headspace to reduce chemical deterioration.

Humidity Regulators :

This approach allows the food packer to reduce the surface concentration of water in a food by reducing the in-pack relative humidity. This can be done by placing one or more humectants between two layers of a plastic film which is highly permeable to water vapour. A different approach to humidity buffering is being developed for use in the distribution of horticultural produce which is normally distributed in fibreboard cartons, usually with a polyethylene liner or made from very expensive waxed fibreboard without a liner. A recent development has been the water-barrier coating of the inside of fibreboard cartons to allow moist produce to be placed directly into the carton.

Antimicrobial Packaging :

Substantial recent research has been directed at determining how the surfaces of plastics can be made not only sterile but also capable of having an antimicrobial effect on the packaged food or beverage. This type of effect has already been achieved in outer layers of laminates by use of modified printing presses. To control undesirable microorganisms on foods, antimicrobial substances can be incorporated in or coated onto food packaging materials. The principle action of antimicrobial films is based on the release of antimicrobial entities, some of which could pose a safety risk to consumers if the release is not tightly controlled by some mechanisms within the packaging material.

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Canned Packaging


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In recent days, entrepreneurs in India are showing greater interest in internal marketing as well as export of fresh produce. The trade is attractive but is not an easy enterprise; a high degree of organisation and professionalism is necessary to export fresh produce successfully, especially to the sophisticated markets of Europe. It can make good use of indigenous horticultural skills. The combined requirements of fresh produce and of its transport environment often impose unusually severe conditions on the packaging employed. As a result, higher package quantity is usually needed for fresh fruits and vegetables when compared to manufactured goods of the same weight.

Tandle Imports and Exports is one of the India’s leading Agro Trading Company. Our extensive experience and attention to detail, we have won the trust and satisfaction of our customers in the worldwide market. For best quality export packaging contact us anytime.


Indian Grape | Export | Types And Availability

Grape cultivation is one of the most profitable farming enterprises in India. Also the country is one of the top grape exporter in the World. The fruit is grown under different type of soil and climatic conditions.

There are three climatic zones namely –

  • Sub-tropical
  • Hot tropical 
  • Mild tropical climatic regions

Nashik District is the major producer, exporter and accounting for 70% of the area under grapes.

Varieties Of Grapes

The grape are harvested and exported almost all the year around. If not all the varieties, one or more varieties are always available at any given time of the year.

The varieties of grapes in India is as follows –

  • Anab-e-Shahi (White, seeded)
  • Bangalore Blue Syn. Isabella (Black, seeded)
  • Bhokri (White, seeded)
  • Flame (Red, seedless)
  • Gulabi Syn Muscat Hamburg (Purple, seeded)
  • Perlette (White, seedless)
  • Sharad – A mutant of Kishmish Chomi (Black, seedless)
  • Thomson and its mutants (White, seedless)


Indian grape is cultivated over an area of 34,000 hectares with an annual production of 1,000,000 tonnes.

Packaging for Exporting

Packaging is normally done in Corrugated or Solid Fibre board cartons. A layer of double pad or protective liner is placed at the bottom of the carton to protect the grapes from bruising and a polyethylene lining is placed over it.

Specification details for Corrugated Fibre Board (CFB) Boxes for packing (5 Kg Box ) (Dimension: 480X300X100 mm)

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Source – APEDA

Here’s the video of grape container.

Storage Requirement

Facts About Grapes

  • Grapes contain the powerful antioxidants. The nutrients in the fruits may help protect against cancer, eye problems, as well as cardiovascular diseases and other health conditions.
  • The fruit is also a good source of fibre, potassium, and a range of vitamins and other minerals.
  • Grapes have Resveratrol that may help with Alzheimer’s disease, blood glucose control, osteoarthritis. It also boost the immune system.

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