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Sanjay Sethi
Works at Export Trading Group (ETG)
Attended Institute of Rural Management Anand
Lived in Nairobi, Kenya
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Vijay, you have picked an important issue. In my opinion, the modern retail shouldn't offer what the roadside vendor is offering. Modern Retail should strive to offer BETTER than what roadside vendor can offer and may charge a premium for the same. For example, DMart in Mumbai shrink wraps the veggies to avoid bacterial attack on cauliflower etc. But buys the veggies from Vashi Mandi and not able to avoid additional handling, meaning not able to offer better quality than the vendor on the street. Similarly, no effort has been made to buy Kashmir apple stored through better technology of Controlled Atmosphere stores, even though Government offered subsidies to install the technology. This is a criminal lapse by the industry. And we professionals have to be blamed for this. It is unimaginable. I clearly see the industry embracing this technology, when the smarter next generation takes over. When grapes can be packed straight from the farm and loaded onto a truck, so can other fruits and vegetables, why it isn't happening now? Because the price discovery at the farm gate favors the farmers. And modern retail is for the consumer. Even when you disintermediate, the buying is not cheaper, but quality surely is better. Had the Cash and Carry operations by ITC continued, we would have had a winning model by now. Alas it was stopped.
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I am a food and agri business professional focused on food security agenda in Africa and Asia. Having led cross functional teams for rolling out large supply chain and food production initiatives, I focus on integration of various organisations and individuals towards the common goal. Have provided inputs to various governments, developmental organisations and multi-lateral agencies for economic empowerment of farming communities. I believe private business can support the social agenda in a more sustainable manner.
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  • Export Trading Group (ETG)
    CEO - Food and Beverages, present
    I am spearheading ETG's forays in Horticulture Businesses in Eastern & Western Africa. I am leading a cross functional team to set up a modern fruits processing unit in Benue State of Nigeria for production of fruit concentrates & other by-products of citrus, mango and pineapple. Aseptic and frozen concentrates would substitute the imports in Nigeria and will also export regionally to Africa and possibly to international markets like Europe, India and rest of Asia.
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Nairobi, Kenya - Gurgaon, Delhi - Mumbai, India - Bhavnagar, Gujarat - Palanpur, Gujarat - Anand, Gujarat - Bhopal, India - Kaul, Kurukshetra, India - Hansi, Hisar, India - Hisar, Haryana, India - Narwana, Jind, Haryana - Algiers, Algeria - Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
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Winner - Africa Food Prize 2013
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CEO - Food and Beverages, Export Trading Group
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Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Medal for Social Service, International Speaker, Spearheaded various industry first projects like Modern Terminal Markets, Mega Food Parks, Supply Chain Integration for Organised Retail and Free Trade Warehousing Zone. Co Chairman, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry's Task Force for Quality in Agriculture
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  • Institute of Rural Management Anand
    MBA (PGDRM), 1989 - 1991
  • CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India
    B.Sc (HONS.) Agriculture, 1984 - 1989
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