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Check Out the Latest Issue of the Nutfruit Magazine

November issue available online

This edition of Nutfruit covers a wide range of topics and provides valuable insight into the nut and dried fruit industry. You can read about how the INC is setting the global industry agenda for nut and dried fruit promotion and get a sneak peek at plans for next year’s INC Congress in Canada. In the Feature Articles section, you can read about the 30th anniversary of the INC NREF, blockchain-based traceability practices, fair and sustainable macadamias from rural Kenya, almonds as a key ingredient in cutting-edge edible batteries, and advances in the use of drones and AI for early almond yield forecasting. This issue also features interviews with Michelin-starred chef Sriram Aylur and Christina Chen, Vice Chairman of ChaCha Foods. You can also learn about cashews from West Africa in this edition of the Country/Product Spotlight and read up on the latest industry statistics in our Global Statistical Review. Log in to access the Members Area, and then click on Members Area and Magazine.


INC Participates in UN Agricultural Quality Standards Meeting

Key topics of discussion included the prevention of food loss and food waste

The INC took part in the 78th Session of the UNECE Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 13-15, 2023. The INC was represented at the event by Mr. Michael Waring, Chairman, Mr. Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the Sustainability, Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, Mrs. Goretti Guasch, Executive Director, and Ms. Irene Gironès, Statistics and Technical Projects Manager. The meeting served as a venue to assess the work of the… [More information]


INC Attends 36th European Trade Meeting in Hamburg

The theme of the meeting was “Paths to Sustainability”

The INC attended the 36th European Trade Meeting, organized by the Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse e.V., on November 17, 2023, in Hamburg, Germany. The meeting, which focused on the theme of “Paths to Sustainability,” brought together around 100 participants representing companies and organizations in the nut and dried fruit sector across 13 different countries. The INC was represented by Mr. Michael Waring, INC Chairman, Mr. Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the INC Sustainability… [More information]


INC Participates in Scientific Conference for the Tree Nut Sector in Italy

The event featured 20 presentations by experts from some of Italy’s most prestigious academic institutions

In late October, the INC took part in the “Giornate Scientifiche SOI per il Comparto della Frutta a Guscio,” a scientific conference focused on the tree nut sector. The event was hosted by the Edmund Mach Foundation, a training, research and technology-transfer center in northern Italy that boasts approximately 700 collaborators, including food technicians, scientists, professors, researchers and farmers involved primarily in tree nuts and vine fruit. The INC was represented… [Read more]


Replacing Red Meat with Nuts Is Associated with Lower Diabetes Risk

Study underscores the importance of nuts as an alternative source of protein

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition assessed the relationships between intakes of total, processed and unprocessed red meat and risk of type 2 diabetes and estimated the effects of replacing red meat with healthy plant-based protein sources, including nuts and legumes. The prospective cohort study looked at health data from 216,695 participants in the United States, of whom 81% were women. Diet was assessed with food frequency questionnaires every two to four years, for up to 36 years… [Read more]


Almond-Enriched Diet Leads to Weight Loss and Supports Cardiometabolic Health

Participants who ate almonds saw greater improvements in key lipoprotein subfractions

A recent study published in Obesity evaluated weight and cardiometabolic outcomes after a three-month energy-restricted diet (−30%) containing either almonds or carbohydrate-rich snacks (phase 1), followed by six months of weight maintenance (phase 2). This nine-month, randomized controlled, parallel-arm dietary intervention included 140 overweight or obese participants. Participants were randomly assigned to eat either an almond-enriched diet (in which 15% of their energy intake comprised unsalted whole almonds with skins) or a nut-free control diet… [Read more]


Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Decreased Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease

Other benefits included lower cardiometabolic risk factors

A recent study published in Current Developments in Nutrition set out to estimate the usual tree nut intake of a nationally representative sample of US adults and examine the association between tree nut consumption and cardiometabolic health outcomes. The study sample included 18,150 adults over 20 years of age who had participated in the 2011–2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Participants’ usual tree nut intake was estimated using the National Cancer Institute Method. Approximately 8% of… [Read more]


European Parliament Adopts Position on Packaging and Packaging Waste Legislation

The text includes some exemptions from reuse obligations

On November 22, 2023, the European Parliament adopted its position on new EU-wide rules on packaging and packaging waste. Under the Parliament-approved text, packaging that is in direct contact with food would be exempt from reuse obligations. The revamped text will become the Parliament’s mandate for negotiations with EU governments, once the Council has adopted its position. [Read more]


INC Shares Latest Sustainability News

The latest INC sustainability update includes information about the publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s annual flagship report, the European Parliament’s rejection of a Commission proposal on the sustainable use of plant protection products, and Brazil’s decision to incorporate the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards into its regulatory framework. [Read more]



International Trade News Monitored by INC

The INC’s latest installment of trade news includes an update on the free trade agreement signed by China and Serbia, European Union’s amendment of the regulation on tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff, the Specialty Crops Reporting on Opportunities and Promotion Act (Specialty CROP Act) introduced in the US Congress, and more. [Read more]


INC Provides Updates on Food Safety News

The INC’s latest update on food safety covers the publication of the FAO/WHO recommended allergic threshold values for Brazil nuts, macadamias and pine nuts, the European Commission’s intention to proceed with the renewal of the approval of glyphosate for a 10-year period, the publication of the Turkish Food Codex Contaminants Regulation in the country’s official gazette, and more. [Read more]



INC Monitors Marketing Standards and Labeling News

The INC’s latest update on marketing standards and labeling focuses on the publication of new marketing standards for the fruit and vegetables sector. New requirements under this regulation include the extension of origin labeling to some products that used to be exempted. [Read more]

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