The INC Advances in the Implementation of its Sustainability Agenda

Through its Sustainability Manifesto, the INC publicly calls for the nut and dried fruit industry to accelerate sustainability commitments that are tangible, quantifiable and measurable. The INC believes that all actors throughout the supply chain can take action to tangibly improve and communicate how the industry has an impact on sustainability and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. [Manifesto]

In addition, as part of its mission to stimulate and facilitate sustainable growth of the global nut and dried fruit industry, the INC has identified a shortlist of focus Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the sector. It is conceived as a guide for companies to help them incorporate the SDGs into their Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) policies, identify specific metrics and indicators and implement concrete actions. [Focus SDGs] [Read more]

Join the INC for the Best Event in the Industry, the INC Congress

From May 11-13, 2022, Dubai will transform into the heart of the nut and dried fruit industry with the INC Congress, and there is still have time to register! Starting March 1, 2022, the rates will increase to €200, so take advantage of the savings and register now! Network with top business leaders and put yourself in a largely market-focused atmosphere. Over 1,000 participants from more than 60 countries are expected to be at the industry’s not-to-be-missed event this May. As of now, 720 participants from 50 countries have already saved their spots! We cannot wait to see you there in person! [Preliminary Program]

INC Pavilion at Gulfood 2022

To date, 18 companies will join the INC Pavilion at Gulfood from February 13-17. With an excellent high-visibility location at Za’Abeel Hall 5, co-exhibitors will have the best opportunities to network and connect with potential business clients. We hope to see you in Dubai and if you’re not co-exhibiting with the INC, come stop by and say hello! Don’t forget to come by for the exclusive INC Cocktail on Monday, February 14 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. [More information]

INC Academia, the Best Education in the Industry

The 5th edition of the INC Academia, is just around the corner opening February 15, so save your spot in either the Basic Program on Nuts & Dried Fruits or the Advanced Program on Nuts & Dried Fruits. Each program features new courses, expanding the reach of the entire INC Academia. Moreover, new to this edition are the free Industry Master Classes, a great way to get a peek into what topics are covered in the INC Academia, or if you’re already enrolled, use them for some additional material to take a deeper look into specific topics! [More information]

Ongoing Global Shipping Monitored by INC

According to the Drewry World Container Index, the spot freight rates have slightly decreased 2.9% compared to the previous week. Although, this remains 79% higher than one year ago. Of the major routes tracked by Drewry, Shanghai to Los Angeles saw the largest decrease at 5%. Shanghai to New York also dropped 5%, while Shanghai to Rotterdam fell 3%. The rest of the major routes remained unchanged. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka recently addressed the…[Read more]

INC Distributes Findings from Health Study on Peanuts and Tree Nuts

A recent study published in Frontiers in Nutrition aimed to examine how consuming peanuts and tree nuts affected the lipid profile in type 2 diabetic patients. Type 2 diabetes is associated with metabolic disorders, especially on the lipid profile, and diet can play a significant effect on blood lipids. To analyze the effect of peanut and tree nut consumption on the lipid profile, researchers performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled-feeding clinical studies. The authors searched various databases to identify possible studies to include in the review…[Read more]

INC Shares Highlights from Nut Consumption and Cancer Study

The International Journal of Cancer has published a new study looking at the association between nut consumption and cancer outcomes for long-term breast cancer survivors. Nut consumption is associated with lower total and cause-specific mortality in general populations, but there is not evidence on the association for long-term breast cancer survivors. The study’s researchers included peanuts and tree nuts in their analysis and assessed at 5-year postdiagnosis with overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) for a total of 3,449 long-term…[Read more]

INC Informs on the Latest FDA Review of a Notification Regarding a Health Claim Related to Peanut Allergies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) undertook a review of a notification in regards of explicit health claims linked to the introduction of certain foods to infants and the reduction in the risk of developing food allergies. In the authorization process of these claims, the FDA took into account statements from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Manufacturers can use the following claims on the label of any food product that may be…[Read more]

New FDA Qualified Health Claim for Magnesium and Reduced Risk of High Blood Pressure Shared by INC

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on January 10, 2022, a new qualified health claim for magnesium and reduced risk of high blood pressure. The following qualified health claims for conventional foods and dietary supplements are included in the FDA’s letter of enforcement discretion:
  • “Inconsistent and inconclusive scientific evidence suggests that diets with adequate magnesium may reduce the risk of high blood…[Read more]

International Trade News Monitored by INC

The INC has been tracking some of the most recent news in international trade which includes information on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), that came into effect on January 1, 2022. Moreover, there are updates on various free trade agreements including Australia, India, the UK, the EU, New Zealand, and Georgia. Lastly, the update touches on some new EU regulations regarding tariffs and imports. [Read more]

INC Shares Latest Sustainability News

Among the news in the INC latest sustainability update is a 2022 priority list from the EU that includes the European Green Deal, digital transformation, a people-friendly economy, EU’s Global Gateway, promoting the European way of life, and protecting and strengthening democracy and European values. Also in the update is the EU’s support to promote sustainable agri-food products during 2022. Across the world, California is implementing new measures on organic waste collection in efforts to reduce emissions. And the FAO releases a report on sustainable agricultural practices. [Read more]

INC Reports on Latest Food Safety Updates, Pesticides, and New Labeling Information

Learn about various EFSA news regarding food safety and pesticides. The updates also include information about China’s newly revised agricultural product quality and safety law. The WHO revealed its draft for food safety strategy during the time period 2022-2030 which highlights strengthening national food control systems, address global food safety challenges, improving the use of food chain information, encouraging stakeholder engagement and promoting food safety as an essential component in domestic, regional, and international food trade. [More on food safety] [More on pesticides] [More on labeling]

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