Category — Sourcing

India now grows “Kopi Luwak” coffee

India, Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee, started producing the world’s most expensive coffee, known as civet coffee or kopi luwak.

In the country’s largest coffee-growing area in the southern state of Karnataka, a start-up firm, Coorg Consolidated Commodities, produces the luxury coffee on a small scale. Narendra Hebbar, one of the founders of the company explained that civet cats eat the flesh of coffee cherries, but not the bean. The animal’s excreta contains the partially digested seeds or beans which are sourced from plantations located close to the forest from where the wild civet cats come to eat the ripest coffee cherries. Natural enzymes in the civet’s stomach enhance the flavor of the bean which makes this coffee unique.

Coffee berries

The Economic Times reports that in India, this specialty coffee sells at $65 per pound  (a cup of kopi luwak can sell for as much as $80); its price includes the cost of sourcing the animal droppings, processing the beans, accounting for the wastage during processing and acquiring quality certifications.

September 15, 2017   No Comments

India’s Seafood Exports to Grow 20% in FY18

India’s seafood exporters expect that exports will grow over 20 percent in FY18 after sales figures touched an all-time high of $5.78 billion in FY17 when USA imported 1,88,617 tons of Indian seafood — a growth of 22.72 percent in quantity from the previous year.

“With exports to U.S. setting new records and the markets’ rising appetite, the industry [in India] is confident of a strong [export] growth for Indian shrimps,” said Rahul Kulkarni, director, WestCoast Group, a leading seafood exporter from India.

Shrimp

Shrimp

Business Standard reports that India’s exporters are pinning hopes on growth in exports with the adoption of the Vannamei or Pacific White variety of shrimp in recent years over the Black Tiger. “The area brought under Vannamei cultivation is on the rise in states like Odisha and West Bengal. There is also emergence of demands from new countries like Canada and Australia,” said G. Mohanty, an Odisha-based exporter.

 

August 31, 2017   No Comments

Indian Companies are Source for Game of Thrones Costumes

The popular Game of Thrones  show has an international cast and locations from different countries around the world. India, too, plays an important role in the series.

Since 2011, the fabrics, clothes, and tents used in this production are from a store called Rangrasons in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi. The company also supplies the military ceremonial uniforms, braids, embroidery, furniture, trimmings, chain mail, and accessories to the show. Established in 1945, this company has supplied fabric and costumes to many popular shows and movies since 1982, when they made costumes for Gandhi, and later for Captain America, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Wrath of the Titans, and Prince of Persia among others, reports mensxp. Game of Thrones Sets

The Times of India says that the pelt Jon Snow wears is made at the Noida Special Economic Zone.  Here, the factory of RS Windlass and Sons manufactures not just official merchandise for fantasy shows, but has also provided props and costumes to some major Hollywood productions such as Rome, The Tudors, and Batman Begins. Rajiv Goil, partner at the company, says that their unit at Dehradun, Windlass Steelcrafts, manufactures swords, armor, and other metalwork for Game of Thrones. Jon Snow’s sword ‘Long Claw’, Arya Stark’s ‘Needle’ and many others have been made at this factory along with Jon’s suit of armor, Eddard Stark’s ensemble and more. Goil adds, “Now we focus mainly on licensed replicas which are all exported.”

Daenery’s dragons are made in a facility in Mumbai which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios.

August 30, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Fashion Designer Connects East with West

Ruby Bhandari‘s passion for designing began even as she was a teenager. Born in New York of Indian descent, the University of Texas, Austin graduate set up Silk Threads in northwest Dallas where she offers ready-to-wear or custom-designed dresses, custom bridal wear, Indian American styles, and fusion menswear.

Her creations are manufactured in a factory in New Delhi, where junior designers procure the fabric and get it dyed according to a customer’s specifications, and artisans start on the embroidery. On request, the company will send pictures of the order in progress, and if needed, at an extra cost, it also arranges to courier swatches of the embroidery that is being done on a specific apparel.

Ruby Bhandari in her factory at Delhi

Ruby Bhandari in her factory at Delhi

Bhandari has expanded her designs to include royal blue and silver items in honor of the Dallas Cowboys, and she just launched a collection of destination bridal wear, reports Dallas News.

August 29, 2017   No Comments

Foreign Travel Arrivals in India Grow 15 percent this year

India’s Ministry of Tourism released a report based on data from the Bureau of Immigration that says the number of overseas travelers to India grew 15 percent year-on-year. For the period January – July 2017 foreign travel arrivals numbered 5,674,000 , compared to 4,903,000  in the corresponding time period last year.

Considering the number of arrivals, Bangladesh has emerged on top of the chart, with a share of 20.12 percent, followed by tourists from the United States of America (16.26 percent) and United Kingdom (10.88 percent).

A Section of New Delhi Airport

A Section of New Delhi Airport

Travelers arriving on e-visas have registered a year-on-year growth of 73.3 percent — a total of 119,000  tourists arrived on an e-Tourist Visa as compared to 68,000  in July last year. USA and U.K. were at the top two spots in terms of countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities in July 2017, with percentage shares of 12.9 and 12 respectively.

The international airport at New Delhi received the highest number of foreign travelers, reports Business Standard.

August 28, 2017   No Comments