OSI unveils Vista Processed Foods production facility in India
Vista Processed Foods Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned member of the OSI Group, has further expanded its manufacturing portfolio in India by opening another value-added frozen vegetable processing plant in the northern part of the country, in the state of Punjab. The opening of this plant marks Vista’s third facility here after opening its second location in southern India, near Bangalore, in January 2012. Vista’s first facility opened in 1995 and is located in Taloja, Navi Mumbai.
The Punjab facility will focus on producing value-added frozen vegetable products for QSRs and retail outlets for both the domestic and export markets. With this further capacity expansion, Vista becomes one of the largest modern value-added food companies in the country, supplying a variety of processed vegetables, chicken, dairy and fresh produce items.
Located just 250 km (155 mi) north of New Delhi and 30km (18 mi) from Chandigarh International Airport, the facility sits in India’s largest vegetable production and consumption region. Vista’s new facility also houses one of the country’s largest fresh vegetable processing lines, which is owned and operated by Pagro Frozen Foods Pvt., Ltd. Pagro has been one of Vista’s key raw material vegetable suppliers for over a decade. This strategic location, accompanied by the business cooperation with Pagro, represents another important milestone in Vista’s strategy as one of the only frozen food players with a national footprint in India.
“This new plant completes another important component of our manufacturing strategy to supply our key customers in India and the Middle East,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager, Further Processing, Brent Afman, of OSI APMEA. “By leveraging our relationship with a key supply chain partner like Pagro, Vista is positioned to assure supply to our core customers with safe, high quality food products at competitive prices.”
Managing Director and CEO Bhupinder Singh of Vista agreed. “The north expansion of our frozen value-added vegetable processing capacity with the most modern technology and an outstanding quality management system helps Vista to expand in the growing frozen food market in India,” he said. “This latest development of our value-added processing capacity demonstrates OSI’s recognition of the sizeable opportunity in the Indian market and is an important indicator of growth ahead. With this capacity, Vista has a true pan-Indian manufacturing capability.”
“Vista’s expansion of its capacity in north India helps our ten year relationship with this supplier-customer to grow,” said Director Sartaj Brar of Pagro Foods. “This is not just a handshake; it’s a holding of hands together as we move into the prosperous future. This step will definitely help both of us to grow our businesses. I extend all my good wishes to Vista and OSI for this new step.”
Source: OSI Group LLC