| | JANUARY 202019management then realized that in order to main-tain our growth momentum and to reach our long term goal, we would have to foray into the consumer space. Thus, we launched our signature line of hon-ey in 2016 under the brand name of Apis and grad-ually added other products to our roster, for most of which we have dedicated world-class in-house production capabilities. Tell us about your products and what makes them different? How do you ensure the quality of products during the manufacturing process?Honey has been our flagship product since the be-ginning, and we are immensely proud to bring a product to market that is procured through respon-sible sourcing through a wide network of beekeepers spread across 15 Indian states. While other players may have one or two variants in the honey segment, we have introduced about 10-15 honey variants which include organic honey, raw honey, acacia honey, hon-ey with royal jelly, lychee honey, black forest honey and eucalyptus honey, among others. Several of these specialty honeys are exported to more than 29 coun-tries, including US, Canada and Europe.Other than our variety, our high quality products and manufacturing capabilities have helped us gain a stronghold in the industry. Owing to our presence in the international market, we adhere to interna-tional standards of quality such as ISO ­ 22000, a cer-tification for the documented procedures that applies to Food Safety framed by International body besides ORGANIC, TUV, USFDA, KOSHER, EIC, APEDA, and FMCG certifications.Once the honey procured from beekeepers reach-es our facility, it undergoes over 50 tests to ascertain its quality. Another interesting facet is that we do not believe in selective sampling which is the industry norm, but conduct 100 percent sampling. The honey also undergoes several checks during the manufac-turing and processing phase. In terms of our other products, we procure raw materials such as dates, mango, ginger and garlic from all over the world and send them to the facto-ry where grading and quality checks are performed. From there, the products go to the cold storage and then to the deep freezer in order to eliminate any contamination and infection. Following that, the products are moved to the processing line where cleaning, washing and drying is done, post which it undergoes nitrogen flushing to improve the shelf life and packaging. Who is Apis India's target audience and what marketing strategy is the brand leveraging to catch the buyers' fancy?Our target audience is the average Indian wom-en who run a household, and we have been investing heavily in order to increase our brand recall among our target audience. We focus on localized BTL ac-tivities that help us create brand visibility, and the entire strategy is supported by an aggressive ATL campaign along with continued digital support. Also, we believe that going forward, digital marketing will gain more relevance. Therefore, we are focusing strongly on digital platforms in order to promote our brand. We have worked on minute brand details such as consumer friendly packaging and consumer trails to gain more consumers through experience. Already having gained one of the top spots in its segment, how is Apis India working towards accelerated growth in the years to come? The market for health foods is only going to grow in the years to come, and Apis has put an ef-fective supply chain in place to keep-up with this growing demand. In terms of products, we have been working on adding five new product categories in the next 18 months. In fact within next two weeks, Apis is going to launch Hummus in the Indian market. The product has a shelf life of 18 months, which has been unheard of in the Indian market. While we already reign supreme in the export mar-ket, our next growth strategy is to focus on the Eu-ropean market to further grow our stronghold. Addi-tionally, Apis is gearing towards setting-up a factory in Dubai which will be operational in next two quarters. The factory will help expand our control on the Mid-dle Eastern, African and European markets. On the domestic front, we have been growing at 100 percent YoY and are now looking to cut-down inefficacies in our system to maintain consistent growth. We are also in the process of procuring land for setting-up our biggest ever factory in UP, which will be dedicated towards honey, dates and centralized warehousing and cold chain. ?!?!?!BRANDS TO LOOK FOR IN 202010TOP
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