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May 2022 INC Updates & News Brief

May 2022 INC Updates & News Brief


Check out all the top news from the INC for the month of May.

Over 1,100 Attend the INC Congress in Dubai

The 39th World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress was held from May 11 to 13, 2022 at the luxurious Madinat Jumeirah Resort in Dubai. More than 1,100 industry professionals from 64 countries came together to discuss and debate the most pressing topics for the sector such as market development, sustainability, nutrition research, and the opportunities and threats that the nut and dried fruit industry currently faces. 

The Congress featured insightful roundtables providing statistics and knowledge on the industry, expert keynote and guest speakers, exceptional social events that promoted networking amongst the participants, and an exhibition area where companies could showcase their products and services. Moreover, the INC celebrated excellence in the sector by giving several awards over the three days of the event. [Read more] [Highlights Video] [Official Images]

2021/2022 Annual Report from the INC

The INC is pleased to share the 2021/2022 Annual Report. This year's report provides a high-level look at the past year with sections on Who We Are, What We Do, Industry Funding, Marketing and Communication, and Technical Projects. Each chapter of the report provides a glimpse into the INC's activities and how over the past year, the INC worked to strive toward its mission of stimulating and facilitating sustainable growth in the nut and dried fruit industry. [Read More]

INC Releases 2021/2022 Statistical Yearbook 

The INC is pleased to announce the release of the 2021-2022 edition of its Statistical Yearbook, which provides an overview of the last decade's trends in nut and dried fruit production and consumption, as well as individual chapters for each nut and dried fruit. Each ad hoc section delves into the main producing, exporting, importing, and consuming countries, analyzing current and 5-year average shares, along with 10-year historical series. [Read more]

INC Academia Onsite Course in Naples, Italy a Success

The onsite course within the Advanced Program on Nuts & Dried Fruits has come to a close. Students who participated in the three-day program were able to learn from prestigious professors such as Miquel LLadó and Kandarp Mehta from IESE Business School and visit orchards from Maurizio Cervone and the Teano Region, as well as processing plants from Besana and Italian Confetti. Watch the recap video by clicking the play on the left-side image!

The online Programs of the INC Academia are still open and provide a great opportunity to expand your business's knowledge of the nut and dried fruit industry. See what program best fits your need! [More Information]

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A Global Threat for Hazelnut Production?

On May 25th, 2022, Edagricole hosted a webinar in collaboration with the INC Global Hazelnut Project covering the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and how it is affecting hazelnut production. INC 2nd Vice Chairman, Pino Calcagni participated in the opening of the webinar. The session featured a wide range of experts from Italy, Turkey, Georgia, and the USA who touched on the current status of BMSB in their respective regions, and different plans and tools to minimize the negative effect of BMSB. [Program]

INC Releases Full 2021 Border Rejections Report

The INC has released the full 2021 Border Rejections report. Last year, the European Union’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) issued a total of 392 notifications. In the United States, notifications for edible nuts in 2021 increased by 10% compared to the previous years (45 notifications). In Japan, notifications for edible nuts and dried fruit increased by 12% compared to 2020 (from 89 to 100 not.), after two years of subsequent decreases in the number of total notifications. Australia issued 48 notifications for nuts and dried fruits in 2021, an increase of 20% compared to the previous year. [Read more]

INC Shares Health Study on Cranberries

A recently published article in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition aims to analyze how consumption of freeze-dried cranberries affects cognitive function. Cognitive decline occurs as people age, however, there are certain controllable factors that may help protect against the decline. While diet is considered to be a controllable factor against cognitive decline, there is scarce research on how cranberries affect cognitive function in older adults. Researchers completed a 12-week parallel randomized placebo-controlled trial with 60 adults aged between 50-80 years. The study assessed cognitive assessment indicators such as...[Read More]

New Study on Peanut Allergies Disseminated by the INC

New research has been published in the journal Allergy which looks at how the body undergoes immunological changes that may support the remission of peanut allergies in children. Previously there was little known about how the body successfully acquires remission of the peanut allergy, and this article uses probiotic peanut oral immunotherapy to analyze this more in-depth. The study included 62 children from Australia aged between 1 and 10 years who were peanut allergic. The children were split into two groups, one that received a combination treatment of probiotic and oral immunotherapy, and another which acted as a...[Read More]

INC Announces European Commission School Scheme Consultation

The Commission has launched a review of the EU school scheme as part of the Farm to Fork Strategy with the goal of creating a favorable food environment that makes it easier to choose a healthy and sustainable diet. The review will contribute to Europe’s Beating Cancer plan to improve health promotion through access to healthy diets and to the Action plan for the development of organic production. The scheme has been applicable since 2017 and has supported the distribution of fruit, vegetables, milk, and milk products to schoolchildren and educational activities to encourage the adoption of healthy habits. The consultation is in the form of a questionnaire and will run until July 28, 2022. One of the questions regards possible products to be included in the scheme, including nuts and nut-based drinks (e.g., almond drink).  [More Information]

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