Over 1,200 Professionals From Across the World Met in Vancouver for the 41st World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress

A thrilling three days of discovery, networking and doing business

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all who attended our congress, contributing to its resounding success. Throughout the event, valuable insights into our wonderful industry were shared, key connections were made, business transactions flourished, and a great time was had by all. From enlightening sessions unveiling industry secrets to vibrant networking opportunities, each moment was an enriching experience. Your participation and unwavering support of the INC made this congress truly exceptional.

Congress presentations are now available to all INC members in the members’ area of our website: [Congress presentations]

We also invite you to check out the video and photos from the event, and to take part in the congress survey: [Congress video] [Congress photos] [Congress survey]


INC Awards Give Recognition to the Best in the Industry

Congratulations to our 2024 INC Award winners!

  • INC Golden Nut Award: PLANTERS®
  • INC Excellence in Research Award: Prof. Cesarettin Alasalvar
  • INC Excellence in Gastronomy Award: Chef Andrea Carlson
  • INC Innovation Award: Diamond Foods
  • INC Excellence in Sustainability Award – Back to the People: LIMBUA
  • INC Excellence in Sustainability Award – Back to the Planet: Treehouse California Almonds

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INC On-site Technical Visit in California’s Central Valley

Participants discovered first-hand how this leading producing region operates  

This year’s INC On-site Technical Visit was held in California’s Central Valley from May 2-5. Thanks to a jam-packed program of visits to orchards, processing plants and more, participants got an up-close look at the entire value chain and gained insights into what makes this world-class producing region tick. Over the course of four days, the group visited Wonderful Pistachios, Sun-Maid Growers of California, The Hulling Company, Qcify, Almond Board of California’s Salida Almond Variety Trial, Land IQ, Pomona Farming, Diamond Foods, the California Walnut Commission & Board, and TOMRA. We want to give a huge thank you to the hosts of the visit for their wonderful hospitality and exclusive insights given during the trip, as well as to all participants. And, we invite you to see the photos highlighting some memorable moments. [See photos]


Join Us at SIAL Paris 2024!

Unleash your brand’s potential and apply now

Become a co-exhibitor in our largest INC Pavilion in SIAL Paris from October 19-23, 2024. The INC Pavilion allows you to showcase your brand to over 310,000 visitors from more than 200 countries and establish long-lasting global connections to boost your business.

Why become a co-exhibitor, and what are the benefits of showcasing your brand at our INC Pavilion at SIAL Paris?

  • Brand Exposure: Increase your company’s global brand awareness
  • Business Connections: Prime location, the INC Pavilion offers numerous opportunities to network and conduct business with the industry’s top professionals.
  • Targeted Promotion: Enjoy exclusive brand promotion through INC communications leading up to the event.
  • Social Events: Take advantage of the popular INC Cocktail event, where co-exhibitors can build professional relationships in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity. Secure your spot and showcase your brand at SIAL Paris 2024. Apply now! [Become an exhibitor]


Codex Alimentarius: 17th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods

The Committee adopted a definition of ready-to-eat peanuts

The 17th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF17) took place in Panama City from April 15-19, 2024. Among other agenda items, the Committee discussed a definition of ready-to-eat peanuts proposed by an India-led Electronic Working Group (EWG) in which the INC participated alongside representatives of 22 countries and FoodDrinkEurope. The Committee agreed to apply the existing definition for ready-to-eat (RTE) tree nuts in the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food and Feed… [Read more]


India’s New Dietary Guidelines Include Nuts in Definition of “Healthy Meal”                                          

Recommended daily intake of nuts is 40-45 grams for men and 30-40 grams for women

India has released new dietary guidelines that include nuts in the definition of a “healthy meal” and outline recommended daily nut intake levels for men, women and children. The guidelines also envisage a key role for nuts in meeting daily needs of fats and essential fatty acids. Released on May 8 by India’s National Institute of Nutrition, the new guidelines represent the first update to India’s dietary recommendations in 13 years. The document defines a healthy meal as follows: “A healthy meal… [Read more]


Prunes Associated with Bone-Protective Effects in Postmenopausal Women With Certain Gut Microbes          

Several microbiome species may be involved in the bone-protective effects of prunes

A rapid decline in bone mineral density is a common effect of menopause. Prunes have been shown to protect against postmenopausal bone loss, but these benefits are only seen in certain individuals. A recent study published in Frontiers in Nutrition examined the relationship among the gut microbiome, immune responses and bone-protective effects of prunes on postmenopausal women. A total of 52 women who consumed 50-100 grams of prunes daily were divided into responders (n = 20) and non-responders (n = 32)… [Read more]


Eating Prunes May Help Prevent Increase in Belly Fat in Postmenopausal Women

Preventing changes in abdominal fat distribution may decrease risk of cardiovascular disease

An increase in belly fat is common in postmenopausal women and, when excessive, can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition set out to evaluate the effect of 12-month prune supplementation on cardiometabolic health markers in postmenopausal women, including android total mass. The study was a single-center, parallel-design, 12-month randomized controlled trial in which a total of 183 postmenopausal women were allocated to a no-prune control group, a group that ate… [Read more]


Sustainability Updates

The INC’s latest installment of sustainability news includes updates on China’s draft Corporate Sustainability Disclosure Standards and updates on key proposals that are clearing the final legislative hurdles ahead of the European Parliament elections next month. [Read more]



International Trade News

The latest trade news compiled by the INC includes information about Türkiye’s ban on trade with Israel, specific requirements for food and agricultural imports to South Korea, the European Union’s extension of autonomous trade measures for Ukraine and Moldova, and more. [Read more]



Food Safety News

The INC’s latest food safety update covers China’s publication of a new National Food Safety Usage Standard for Food Additives, which will replace the current standard, as well as an update on EU pesticide rules. [Read more]



Marketing Orders

In this month’s news on marketing orders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule amending the marketing order that regulates the handling of almonds grown in California. [Read more]


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