• The nut and dried fruit industry’s most exclusive global event will take place on May 8-10 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
  • Marc Low, Director, Innovation & Emerging Technology at KPMG Canada, and Prof. Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management at the University of Toronto, will deliver keynote addresses.
  • Exclusive sessions will cover topics shaping the nut and dried fruit landscape, including crops, product and market trends, sustainability and the latest scientific breakthroughs in nutrition research.


May 1, 2024

From May 8-10, 2024, the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) will host the most prestigious gathering of company owners, presidents, and CEOs from across the globe at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With over 1,200 distinguished attendees representing more than 60 countries, the event promises to be an unparalleled opportunity for industry leaders to converge, collaborate, and chart the course for the future of the nut and dried fruit sector.

The three-day program is designed to provide a dynamic platform for dialogue, debate, and discovery. Attendees will delve into a myriad of topics shaping the industry landscape, including crops, product and market trends, sustainability and the latest scientific breakthroughs in nutrition research. Moreover, participants will have exclusive access to premier networking opportunities in the exhibition area and at iconic Vancouver venues such as BC Place Stadium and the Atrium at the Pan Pacific Hotel, fostering meaningful connections and collaborations.


Congress Sessions

  • Nutrition Research Seminar: Led by esteemed Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, this session will showcase cutting-edge insights into the health benefits of nuts and dried fruits. Renowned speakers, including Dr. John L. Sievenpiper of the University of Toronto (Canada) and Dr. Kristina Petersen of Penn State University (USA), will illuminate recent advances in nutritional science, empowering attendees with actionable knowledge to promote health and wellness.
  • Sustainability Seminar: Chaired by Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the INC Sustainability, Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, this session will address pressing industry challenges, from climate change to geopolitical tensions. Panelists Julie Adams of the Almond Board of California (USA), Miriam Gautier of Bösch Boden Spies (Germany) and Dr. Miriam Villen King of Stahmann Webster (Australia) will explore strategies for fostering a sustainable future for the sector.
  • Keynote Presentations: Marc Low of KPMG Canada will dissect the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on business and society, while Prof. Janice Gross Stein of the University of Toronto will offer insights into navigating today’s complex geopolitical landscape.
  • Thematic Round-table Discussions: top industry leaders from around the world will lead engaging discussions on various nuts and dried fruits, providing invaluable perspectives and insights.


INC Awards Ceremony

Recognizing excellence in the industry, the Congress will bestow prestigious awards upon deserving individuals and organizations. This year, honoring excellence in the nut and dried fruit industry, the Corporate Golden Nut Award will go to PLANTERS®. Chef Andrea Carlson of Vancouver’s renowned Burdock & Co. will receive the INC Award for Excellence in Gastronomy, while Prof. Cesarettin Alasalvar of TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center will be honored with the INC Award for Excellence in Research. Additionally, winners of the INC Innovation Award and the Award for Excellence in Sustainability will be revealed during the event, highlighting groundbreaking contributions and initiatives driving positive change in the sector.

The event will be an unforgettable convergence of industry leaders, thought-provoking discussions, and celebration of excellence in the nut and dried fruit sector.

For more information and registration, visit the Congress website.


About the INC

The INC is the international umbrella organization for the nut and dried fruit industry. Its members include more than 900 nut and dried fruit sector companies from over 85 countries. INC membership represents over 85% of the world’s commercial trade in nuts and dried fruit. The INC’s mission is to stimulate and facilitate sustainable growth in the global nut and dried fruit industry. It is the leading international organization on health, nutrition, statistics, food safety and international standards and regulations regarding nuts and dried fruits.

Press contact: e-mail press@nutfruit.org and telephone +34 977 331 416.

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