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The 39th World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress was held in May at the 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.
Global statistical update on nuts and dried fruits for 2022-2023
World tree nut production in the 2022/2023 season is anticipated to reach 5.4 million metric tons (kernel basis, except pistachios in-shell), up 6% from the previous season, as discussed by industry leaders at the Congress round tables.
Although it is still early in the season to predict the crops’ final outcomes, the most substantial increases are projected for:
- walnuts (up by 18%)
- Brazil nuts (18%)
- cashews (8%)
- hazelnuts (7%)
- pistachios and macadamias (5% each)
- and pecans (3%).
- almonds, forecast at over 1.6 million metric tons, is expected to be similar to the 2021/22 crop.
According to early estimates, world peanut production in 2022/23 is foreseen to amount to 47.8 million metric tons (in-shell basis).
Global dried fruit production
Global dried fruit production has been forecast at 3.2 million metric tons, up 4% from 2021/22, as world volumes are expected to increase for:
- dried cranberries (up 16%)
- prunes (6%)
- dates and dried figs (5% each)
- and raisins, Sultanas and currants (3%).
Throughout the round tables, a common theme was that the industry in general is facing an oversupply that in turn has led to lower prices. It was agreed upon by industry leaders that the sector has to come together to promote consumption of nuts and dried fruits in efforts to rebalance the supply and demand. Shipping delays and increased freight costs also have strained the industry, however there remain many opportunities to grow. A significant opportunity for the industry to increase consumption is focused on potential high growth opportunities in markets such as India and China, and through a focus on innovation and e-commerce.
Sunny Verghese, the Co-Founder and Group CEO of Olam International gave a stimulating keynote speech touching on ways the industry can successfully and sustainably improve the food and agricultural system. Verghese also highlighted the growing challenges that the agricultural sector faces such as inflation. Meanwhile, Saket Modi, the Co-Founder and CEO of Safe Security provided insights into the importance of cybersecurity for firms and how they can better mitigate any potential cyber threats through cyber risk quantification in real-time.
A new round table, Matching Supply Chain to Production and Consumption Trends: Looking Into the Future, was introduced this year, led by INC Chairman, Michael Waring. The session took a deep look into one of the industry’s biggest challenges, how to rebalance supply and demand, and how the sector can take advantage of new trends to grow consumption in the coming years. Some of the biggest opportunities for growth mentioned by the panelists were the Indian market and the rapidly growing Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2012) market.
The Sustainability Seminar was headlined by Marta Moren Abat, the International Relations Coordinator for the Directorate General for Maritime and Fisheries at the European Commission. In her presentation, she discussed various measures that can be taken to improve water conservation such as water transfers, reuse, repricing, alternative plant selection, desalination, and efficient irrigation. Moreover, her speech touched on several possible roles that the nut and dried fruit industry could play in protecting water resources.
Goretti Guasch, INC Executive Director, gave a presentation on how to empower minds and stimulate consumption, highlighting the need for the industry to come together to tackle oversupply. Guasch touched on the INC’s latest trend research, which was a main driver in the decision to roll out a multiyear country-specific campaign to six key global markets. The campaign will be directed at Gen Z, which is poised to drive markets for the next decade.
The 2023 INC Congress is scheduled to take place in London, UK, from 22-24 May 2023.
The INC Awards, handed out annually as part of the INC Congress, are aimed at recognizing outstanding leaders and visionaries who contribute to the excellence of the nut and dried fruit industry.
In Dubai, the ‘Corporate Golden Nut Award’ was presented to ofi, and the ‘Excellence in Research’ to Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó. Furthermore, Dr. Karen Lapsley was recognized for her Outstanding Service to Research in Almonds with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Chef Akmar Anuar was awarded ‘Excellency in Gastronomy’, and the ‘Innovation Award’ was presented to ofi for their Cashew Nut Oil Dipping Sauces & Dressings.
About the INC
The INC is the international umbrella organization for the nut and dried fruit industry. Its members include more than 850 nut and dried fruit sector companies from over 80 countries. INC membership represents over 85% of the world’s commercial “farm gate” value of trade in nuts and dried fruits. The INC’s mission is to stimulate and facilitate sustainable growth in the global nut and dried fruit industry. It is the leading international organization on health, nutrition, statistics, food safety, and international standards and regulations regarding nuts and dried fruits.
This year’s Recent Advances in Food (RAFA 2021) event will be held virtually on 3-4 November.
The event organizers, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague, Czech Republic) and Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), part of Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands), said due to ongoing uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided not to hold a live RAFA symposium.
“To keep the RAFA community together and invite newcomers to join us, we are organizing an online special event titled ‘RAFA Trends & Views’. Attending this event will be free of charge for all registered participants,” the organizers said.
“We are delighted to invite food scientists from academia and industry, representatives of national and international agencies, control authorities, governmental and commercial laboratories to attend RAFA 2021.”
Since the first edition launched in 2003, RAFA has grown to become a prestigious event attended by up to 900 participants from more than 60 countries worldwide.
RAFA 2021 programme highlights
In line with previous events, the RAFA 2021 symposium will provide an insight into contemporary trends in (BIO)ANALYTICAL STRATEGIES IN FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY CONTROL and discuss CHALLENGES / NOVEL APPROACHES IN FOOD AND NATURAL PRODUCT ANALYSIS. The oral programme will be accompanied by a series of webinars offered by leading companies. These webinars will introduce participants to recent instrumentation and analytical strategies for advanced food quality, safety and authenticity control.
The programme will be composed of invited lectures presented by distinguished speakers who will open discussion on current trends and their visions. In addition, various satellite events, such as vendor webinars or focused workshops and seminars, will be also offered to participants. Networking and virtual meetings will be supported to enable sharing of views on presented topics.
Due to a limited format of this year RAFA, no proposals for oral and/or poster presentations can be accepted.
RAFA 2022 – the 10th anniversary of the event – will be organised as a live event in Prague, in November 2022.
- For more information on RAFA 2021, and to register, visit: rafa2021.eu