Check out the Highlight Video from SIAL

The INC Pavilion at SIAL Paris 2022 was undoubtedly a success, transforming into the heart and center of the nut and dried fruit industry. The pavilion served as a meeting point for INC Members and the co-exhibitors were able to grow their business with new contacts through high visibility. The INC Cocktail which took place on October 16 was the best place to meet the industry in a relaxed atmosphere. Check out the highlight video and pictures! [Highlight Video] [Pictures]

NUTS 2022 Highlights the Importance of Increasing Consumption

The NUTS 2022 event, held from October 20-21 at the INC headquarters served as a central meeting point for the world’s top researchers regarding the health benefits of nuts and dried fruits. Key takeaways from the meeting include the need to increase the consumption of nuts and dried fruits worldwide to better public health, and the need to be able to accurately share the health message with consumers. The INC has invested in spreading the message from NUTS 2022 to a worldwide audience with press releases translated into Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, and other key market languages. Check out the images! [Pictures] [Read more]

Enroll in the INC Academia with Early Bird Rates until December 15

As the year winds down, take advantage of the Early Bird Rates for the INC Academia before December 15 and enroll yourself or your team in the industry’s premier educational program. INC Members will receive a special 20% discount, so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to increase your or your team’s knowledge of the nut and dried fruit industry! The INC Academia offers premium online programs on the basics of the industry, as well as more advanced topics. If you have employees new to the industry or an experienced team, there is always something to learn with the INC Academia! Plus, as INC Members, you can partake in the Full Advanced Program which includes an On-Site portion for hands-on learning and networking! [More Information]

Gulfood 2023 Enables INC to Bring the Industry Together in Dubai

The INC Pavilion is scheduled to come to Dubai at Gulfood from February 20-24, 2023. This will be the sixth edition of the INC Pavilion in the Middle East and with more than 4,000 companies from over 125 countries, Gulfood represents one of the best opportunities to connect with business partners from all over the globe. The INC will host 18 co-exhibitors and serve as a central meeting point for the entire nut and dried fruit industry. Co-exhibitors will be able to take advantage of the good location and foot traffic of the INC Pavilion to improve their brand visibility. Don’t forget to come and say hello! [More information]

62nd International Dried Grape Conference

Delegations from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Greece, Iran, South Africa, Türkiye, and the United States participated in the third online meeting of the International Seedless Dried Grape Producing Countries Conference. The statistical analysis undertaken at the Conference showed that the total availability of Thompson Seedless Raisin and Sultanas, decreased by 7% as world stocks carried into the new season and new crop production dropped. This was mainly driven by adverse weather conditions across various production origins. [Read more]

Dates Global Statistical Review

The global climatic conditions –mostly high temperatures– have had an impact on the 2022/23 date production. However, world production has remained practically stable, owing to the gradual entering into production of the new plantations that were carried out in the majority of the producing countries. Exporters are preparing to meet the needs for the period of large consumption of table dates: the end-of-year celebrations for the Mediterranean countries of southern Europe and Ramadan for South-East Asia. [Read more]

Prunes Global Statistical Review

As reported by the California Prune Board, this year’s growing season, farmers have managed to navigate the challenges of early frosts and multiple heat waves. As harvest grew near, it was apparent the weather had taken some toll on overall tonnage, albeit a good crop with above-average sugars and excellent dry ratios. At the time of this writing, this year’s crop was estimated at ~62,000 MT. Supplies continue to be tight as strong demand outpaces production and the global industry finds itself in relative balance compared to a few years ago. [Read more]

The Impact of Nut Consumption on Adolescents’ Academic Performance

There is strong scientific evidence that regular nut intake is associated with several health benefits in adults, such as a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, among other health conditions. These benefits have been attributed to their particular nutritional composition, as nuts are nutrient and energy-dense foods, sources of essential nutrients and bioactive compounds, such as ‘healthy’ fats, plant protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidant molecules. [Read more]

Nut Consumption and Cardiovascular Health in Young Adults

A study has been published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, that examines the long-term association of walnut, other nut, and no nut consumption with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The researchers analyzed a total of 3,092 young adults who were enrolled in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. In the CARDIA study, dietary intake including walnuts and other nuts was assessed 3 times over 20 years and CVD risk factors were also…[Read more]

Peanuts May Help Improve Gut Health

The journal, Clinical Nutrition has published a study that examined how peanuts as a nighttime snack may be beneficial to gut health. While tree nuts influence gut microbiota composition, the effect of peanut consumption had not been investigated yet. The aim of the study was to analyze the effect of consuming 28 g/d of peanuts for 6 weeks, compared to an isocaloric lower-fat higher-carbohydrate (LFHC) snack on the gut microbiota composition [Read more]

The Effect of Walnut Consumption on Lipids

A recently published study in Nutrients aimed to see how walnut consumption affects the lipid profile of consumers. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials from 2010 to 2022 were conducted by researchers in order to look at how walnut consumption affects the lipid profile. In total, 13 trials from the US, Europe, and Asia were included in the study. The results showed that walnut consumption was associated with a significant reduction in…[Read more]

INC Shares Latest Sustainability News

The INC’s latest sustainability update covers the FAO’s most recent session of the Committee on Forestry, an FAO report on the role of governments in halting deforestation, the Green Partnership between the European Union and Morocco, and the European Commission’s work program for 2023. Moreover, the update discusses a new sustainability standard for prunes in Chile, an effort by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to reach organizations in China with a Chinese language version, and an EU resolution stating that free trade agreements involving the Union should respect environmental, labor, and human rights.[Read more] 

International Trade News Monitored by INC

See the most recent updates on international trade with information on a free trade agreement between Cambodia and the Republic of Korea, the official start of a framework agreement between the European Union and Australia, and the addition of 44 pine nut geographical indications to the Annexes 10-A and 10-B of the free trade agreement between the European Union and Korea. Furthermore, read about a USDA GAIN report on recently made updates by the GACC to the list of products subject to Decree 248 for select food product imports into China. [Read more] 

Food Safety Updates Gathered by INC

In the INC’s food safety update for November, you can read about an update to the Codex Alimentarius General Standard for Food Additives, the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy for Food Safety 2022-2030, discussions on extending the use of glyphosate in the EU, and regulation from the EU regarding walnuts originating in Moldova to longer be considered high-risk plants. Moreover, China’s National Health Commission has released an updated Catalogue of National Food Safety Standards, [Read more]

Labeling Updates and Marketing Orders Shared by INC

For labeling updates, see information on how South Africa has notified the World Trade Organization on new proposed regulations to set minimum quality standards for the grading of dried fruit. Regarding marketing orders, the INC has shared a new proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for amendments to Marketing Order 984 which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. [Read Labeling Updates] [Read Marketing Orders]

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