Crown Orchard Company will sell 2015 apple crop in India
RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia apples by Crown Orchard Company to a major Indian importer during his trade and marketing mission to the Middle East and India. The deal is a significant development that strengthens Virginia’s partnership with one of the world’s largest economies and population bases.
McAuliffe said, “I am pleased to announce this new sale of Crown’s 2015 apple crop into the highly competitive Indian produce market. The primary goal of my mission to the Middle East and India is to pursue trade opportunities and new investments for the commonwealth, and this is exactly the type of result I want to achieve for our Virginia companies. After opening the Indian apple market for Virginia producers last year, it was important that we continue that momentum and push hard to expand those sales. Export deals like this one play a vital role in generating additional revenue and jobs for the commonwealth and are critical to my work to build a new Virginia economy.”
The governor met with IG International, an Indian produce importer and distribution company, while in Mumbai and witnessed the company’s signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to purchase apples from Crown Orchard Company of Covesville. In addition, first lady Dorothy McAuliffe visited several Mumbai fruit and vegetable markets with IG International leadership to promote the growing Virginia apple trade with India.
Agricultural and forestry exports from Virginia reached a record high of $3.35 billion in 2014. While currently a relatively small market for these products, the Indian market is growing and holds strong potential for Virginia’s agricultural and forestry industries. Exports to India in 2014 represented more than half of the state’s total apple exports worldwide, while the year-to-date sales as of September to India account for more than 60 percent of this year’s total apple exports.
Crown Orchard Company is one of Virginia’s largest apple producers, wholesalers and exporters. The company has been owned and operated by the Chiles family since 1912 and also grows peaches, nectarines, cherries and other fresh produce. The Chiles family also runs Carter Mountain Orchard, a popular destination for pick-your-own apples and seasonal festivals.