INC Strategic Goals to Aid in the Sustainable Growth of the Nut & Dried Fruit Sector, 2022-2026

In late 2022, the INC Executive Committee held its Strategic Planning Meeting to define a series of strategic goals aimed at bringing the industry together as a whole to increase consumption: 1) Increase global consumption to ensure a healthy balance between supply and demand; 2) Prioritize key areas of focus for health and nutrition to obtain regulatory approved health claims to aid the promotion of nuts and dried fruits globally; 3) Collaborate with international organizations regarding increasing market access and overcome the challenges of the trade barriers and supply chain issues; 4) Define the sustainability agenda for the nut and dried fruit industry. [Read more]

Enroll in the INC Academia and Get an Exclusive Discount on Your Congress Registration

If you’re planning to attend the INC Congress in London, and have never studied in the INC Academia, why not enroll yourself or one of your employees on the Full Course of the Advanced Program on Nuts & Dried Fruits and save 50% on your Congress registration! The Advanced Program is tailored to the seasoned professional or prospective manager where, students will complete the 11 courses, written by top experts and learn the business side of the nut and dried fruit industry. Plus, this year the on-site part of the program will be taking place in London, just before the Congress, where students will visit processing plants, and distribution centers as well as participate in lectures and case studies from top professors. So, don’t miss out on this exclusive offer for members, enroll today and enjoy the best educational program and the greatest event in the nut and dried fruit industry at discounted prices! [Enroll now!]

INC Innovation Awards Are Now Open!

Don’t miss this opportunity to show the nut and dried fruit industry your dedication to innovation and share your brand’s new products at the XL World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, in London! Delegates attending the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress have the chance not only to share experiences but also to get enriched with new ideas. This contest will select the Top Best new product/service within the sector. [Apply now!]

INC Prepares for the INC Pavilion at Gulfood 2023

Gulfood 2023 is only a month away and from February 20-24, the INC will be hosting its INC Pavilion. With 18 companies joining, it is guaranteed to become the central meeting point for the nut and dried fruit industry. With an excellent high-visibility location at Za’Abeel Hall 5, co-exhibitors will have the chance to connect with potential business clients, network and discuss key topics within the sector. We can’t wait to be there so, if you’re attending the exhibition, please, come stop by and say hello!

Recent Study Shared by INC Finds Positive Effects of Walnut Consumption on Mental Health

A recent study published in the journal Nutrients examined the effects of academic stress and daily walnut consumption on mental health, biochemical markers of general health and gut microbiota in university students. Researchers conducted a randomized feeding trial in 80 healthy male and female undergraduate students at the University of South Australia between the ages of 18 and 35 years. For the duration of the 16-week study period, members of the treatment group were instructed to consume… [Read more]

INC Highlights New Study on Post-Exercise Benefits of Almond Intake

The journal Frontiers in Nutrition has published a new study analyzing how the ingestion of nutrient-rich almonds affects post-exercise inflammation and muscle soreness and damage. Researchers conducted a study with a randomized, parallel group design to determine whether daily consumption of almonds would mitigate post-exercise inflammation and muscle soreness and damage. A total of 64 non-obese adults, who did not regularly engage in resistance training, were instructed to consume either 57 grams of almonds or a calorie-matched snack bar each day for four weeks… [Read more]

INC Shares New Study on Oral Immunotherapy to Treat Peanut Allergy

A new study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy assessed the safety and efficacy of oral immunotherapy using sequential doses of boiled peanuts followed by roasted peanuts to treat peanut allergy in children. Researchers conducted an open-label, phase II, single-arm clinical trial in children between the ages of 6 and 18 years with a history of peanut allergy. A total of 70 participants received oral immunotherapy with 12-hour boiled peanut for 12 weeks, 2-hour boiled peanut for 20 weeks… [Read more]

INC Updates on EU Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Concerns for Dried Fruits.

As previously announced, on November 24, 2022, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) published its Scientific Opinion on the Follow-up of the re‐evaluation of sulfur dioxide (E 220), sodium sulfite (E 221), sodium bisulfite (E 222), sodium metabisulfite (E 223), potassium metabisulfite (E 224), calcium sulfite (E 226), calcium bisulfite (E 227) and potassium bisulfite (E 228). Sulfur dioxide-sulfites are added as preservatives and antioxidants to a range of food products, including dried fruits (dried apricots, raisins) and vegetables. [Read more]

INC Shares Latest Sustainability News

The INC’s latest sustainability update covers the outcomes of the UN COP15, new guidance from the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) on climate-related disclosures and China’s goal of reducing pesticide use on fruits and vegetables by 10% by 2025. The update also discusses the European Commission’s new proposal for a regulation on packaging and packaging waste and Germany’s new national nutrition strategy. [Read more]

International Trade News Monitored by INC

See the most recent updates on international trade, including information on the World Trade Organization’s ruling against US tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum import and the United Kingdom’s decision to suspend the 8% import tariff on dried prunes from California. [Read more]

INC Compiles Food Safety News

In the latest INC food safety update, you can read about the European Union’s decision to temporarily increase official controls on the entry of certain nuts and dried fruits into the EU, as well as other food safety news from FAO, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, and the USA. [Read more]

Labeling News Shared by INC

In this month’s update on labeling news, you can read about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to seek public and industry comments on two guidance documents about food allergen labeling requirements. The new draft guidance includes revised questions and answers to update and clarify information presented in earlier editions of the guidance, such as the labeling of tree nuts and images that show examples of labeling requirements. [Read more]

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