Check out all the top news from the INC for the month of June.
INC Returns to SIAL Paris in October 2022
In just under 4 months, the INC Pavilion will be present at one of the world's largest food and beverage exhibitions, SIAL Paris; so, mark your calendars for October 15-19, 2022 to come stop by and chat with the INC. The INC Pavilion will be featured in a new location in Hall 8, right next to the entrance. On Sunday, October 16, the INC will host a cocktail, to gather the nut and dried fruit industry in a relaxed atmosphere to network and do business, and the INC would like to say thank you to Almendras Llopis S.A.U. for your generous support and sponsorship of the INC Cocktail. Moreover, if you are interested in one of the last remaining booths, to boost your company's visibility, read more about SIAL Paris 2022. [More information]
INC Announces Dissemination Grant Recipients
The INC launched the 2022 Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects with the objective to fund projects aimed at increasing the use and consumption of nuts and dried fruits, whenever such projects cannot fit within the INC's regular dissemination activity, for instance, due to language or geographic barriers. The INC Executive Committee approved the following two projects, as prioritized by the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination, as the beneficiaries of the grant:
- Project title: “Eat More Dried Fruit —Increase consumer confidence in health benefits of natural dried fruit, growing global consumption”. Applicant: Raisins South Africa NPC, South Africa, on behalf of The Dried Fruit Alliance.
- Project title: “Nuts as health influencers —Nuts about good health”. Applicant: Nucis Italia, Italy.
If you would like to find out more about the INC Annual Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects, please see Funding Opportunities.
See the Photos from the Onsite INC Academia Course
The INC Academia onsite course 2022, which took place in Naples, Italy was nothing short of a success as well as the Port visit in Dubai! The experience enabled students to see hands-on how the nut and dried fruit industry works. Click the following link to see images from the course! [INC Academia Onsite Images]
INC Shares Highlights from Georgian Nuts 2022 Seminar
Last May 19, in Tbilisi, the National Food Agency of Georgia hold the seminar ‘Georgian Nuts 2022: Quality and Value of the Exported Products’, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The purpose of the event was to discuss advances in the development of the hazelnut industry in Georgia, in terms of quality and exports, with key stakeholders, including both public and private sectors. As part of the work of the Global Hazelnut Project, Mr. Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the INC Sustainability, Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, presented a global statistical review of the state of the hazelnut industry. [More Information]
Hazelnut Crop Updates Disseminated by INC
Preliminary forecasted at 760,000 MT (in-shell basis), Turkish production 2022/23 is anticipated to remain within this range, but below the bumper crop of 2021/22. Productivity is growing owing to improved farming practices with kernel sizes and quality also improving and kernel yields already at 51-52%. Following a very low off crop last year, Italian production is recovering and the 2022/23 crop is anticipated to reach 140,000 MT. Based on the planted acreage and taking into account unpredictable weather conditions and the inflation adding pressure for growers, the Oregon 2022/23 crop is expected to set a new record of 74,000 MT. [Read more]
INC Shares Latest Info on Global Almond Crop
The 2022/23 California almond crop is forecasted at 2.8 billion pounds (1.27 million metric tons) with a projected ending stock of 800 M lbs. The USDA NASS May 2022 initial subjective forecast, also situates the crop at 2.8 B lbs., based on a record bearing acreage of 1.37 M acres and a yield of 2,210 lbs./acre. According to the Almond Board of Australia, the projected crop for 2022 is 138,650 MT, down 4% from the previous estimate, mainly due to wet weather during harvesting. [Read more]
INC Highlights Global Macadamia Crop
As per SAMAC second crop estimate, mainly due to favorable rainfall throughout the season and across the producing regions, the updated forecast for 2022 is 61,288 metric tons of dry nut-in-shell, 6% higher than the first-quarter forecast of 57,723 MT and up 15% from 2021. As reported by the Australian Macadamia Society, the crop forecast has been reduced to 49,340 MT NIS (@3.5% moisture), 10% down from the previous figure of 54,930 MT, as a direct result of the torrential rain and flooding events in New South Wales and Queensland. [Read more]
Chilean Walnut Report Disseminated by INC
The Chilean walnut harvest has ended and there is a lot of important information and news to share. The estimated size of the current crop is over 170,000 tons, and this figure is very much in line with the initial estimation from Chilenut. Regarding quality, the main parameters have kept within normal standards and although it is still early, preliminary information shows the following results: In terms of color, 66% of the crop is extra light and 27% is light, amounting to a total of 93% in these two ranges. This is higher than last season which was 91% with a small difference in terms of the distribution between both colors... [Read more]
INC Highlights News on Product Standards for Macadamias
The World Macadamia Organization released the WMO Macadamia Product Standard, aimed at helping customers with the challenges that come with having different product standards. WMO Members ratified the product standard in Dubai, at the WMO Members’ Council Meeting, last May. The standard can be found on the WMO website. [Read more]
INC Shares Health Study on Walnuts
A study in the Journal of Food Science and Nutrition set out to explore how consistent walnut consumption affects dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia, the imbalance of lipids like LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and HDL cholesterol, is one of the most commonly related health conditions to cardiovascular disease (CVD). In the study, researchers examined walnut consumption as part of a low-calorie diet and lifestyle modification in a sample of 120 randomly chosen individuals. The sample was then split into a control group (60 people) and an intervention group (60 people). [Read more]
International Trade News Monitored by INC
This month's news on international trade is highlighted by trade agreements between Ecuador and Chile, Ukraine and the UK, as well as the FAIRS Export Certificates from China. Moreover, read news from the European Union on a free trade agreement with Andean countries, a new publication on agri-food trade, as well as a new initiative for organic food. Finally, learn about the latest agricultural economic fact sheet from South Africa and USA. [Read more]
INC Shares Latest Sustainability News
In this month’s sustainability update from the INC, you can read about an EU public consultation on sustainable food systems, and a report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, plus updates from the United Nations on the SDGs too. You can also see news from more world organizations like the FAO and the OECD. Lastly, read about a USDA GAIN report on sustainability trends in the food market for South Korea. [Read more]
INC Reports on Food Safety and Pesticides Updates
Read about new regulations from China on aflatoxins and imports, a recommendation from the European Food Safety Agency, as well as a technical report on the placing of pili nuts on the EU market. You can also see an EU Draft to prevent Anoplophora Chinensis, a proposal for changes to Import Checks in the United Kingdom, and raw walnut kernel specifications in Tanzania. Regarding the updates on pesticides, learn about an updated list of active substances approved by the EU, and MRLs for fluopicolide in the USA. [Food Safety] [Pesticides]