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30th Anniversary World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress Event Breaks Attendance Record!

30th Anniversary World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress Event Breaks Attendance Record!
April 24
07:35 2013

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, INC has provided new details and event updates for the 30th Anniversary World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, which will be held 21-23 May at Hotel Ritz-Carlton Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

Attendance at the 2013 Congress is confirmed at record level, with 1,080 participants from 57 countries to date, for a stimulating three-day program to exchange knowledge and ideas in market development, supply chain, consumption, product innovation, food safety, nutrition and research.

“The size of the exhibition, technical sessions, meetings, events and networking opportunities coming up in May is incomparable, highlighting again why the INC World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress is the industry’s ‘must-attend’ event. It is fantastic to see such encouraging response. Year after year the INC Congress breaks records” says Goretti Guasch, INC Executive Director. “Despite this growing number of attendees, it is our commitment to keep direct contact with our members and to deliver a first class service”

3 Days to Gain an Exclusive Insight into the Nut and Dried Fruit Industry

This unique event will attract participation from 57 countries as it provides the only international platform to share and debate industry’s most relevant and hottest topics. It offers representatives from the international nut and dried fruit industry in-depth information in a series of round tables for each nut and dried fruit, and satellite meetings on cashews, macadamias, almonds and hazelnuts.

In addition to the technical program, the Congress will feature a Scientific Seminar and Nutrition Update on current challenges and key facts concerning food safety and trade, and the latest scientific findings related to health and nutrition; the INC General Assembly and the presentation of the 33rd World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress –Melbourne, Australia 2014.

Besides the technical sessions, the social programme will provide an indispensable opportunity for delegates to network, meet key people in the industry and strengthen business ties.

Expanding the Congress Experience: Meeting Point and Exhibition Area

The Congress virtual Meeting Point is a social networking tool to enhance delegates experience and expand their networking connections. INC members coming toBarcelonacan already contact other attendees and exhibitors, and even setup on-site meetings before and during the event. The Meeting Point enables INC members to maximise their time onsite by providing an easy way to connect with other attendees and exhibitors.

Given the success of the Exhibition area in previous Congresses, showcasing in Barcelona will offer a great opportunity for companies to display products, services and technology to the target audience.

Across 200 square metres of exhibition and hospitality space, attendees will be able to visit stands and learn about innovative services, technologies and products with companies from Belgium, China, France, Germany, China, Japan, Moldova, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.

First World Forum for Nutrition Research Conference

The Palace of Congresses of Reus will host the First World Forum for Nutrition Research Conference, on 20-21 of May, 2013. Under the theme “Mediterranean Food on Health and Disease”, the conference will include afternoon sessions exclusively dedicated to nuts and their health effects on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and antioxidant components. Distinguished scientists around the globe are joining us to exhange ideas and learn about the latest scientific findings.

New INC Home Grand Opening

Monday, May 20th, will mark the Grand Opening of the new INC Headquarters, which coincides with the 30th Anniversary of INC’s foundation. More than 500 guests will enjoy an open doors day and an evening rich in activities and entertainment, including the welcome by the INC Founders and a cocktail dinner. At 6:00 pm, the Palace of Congresses of Reus will embrace the ceremony of recognition and delivery of plaques to the 72 New INC Home Donors by the Founders of the INC.

Afterwards, delegates will have the opportunity to visit the new headquarters and their facilities, which are walking distance from the Palace of Congresses, and the 2,500 sq m Arboretum, a living collection of a large variety of worldwide nut and dried fruit trees.

INC Awards: Highlighting the Best of the Industry

INC Awards are the premier international showcase of excellence for the nuts and dried fruit industries. The ceremony of the Golden Nut Award and the Innovation Awards will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2013, during the Gala Dinner.

INC is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Honorary Golden Nut Award is Jasper Sanfilippo. John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (JBSS) was founded in 1922 as a pecan shelling operation in Chicago, IL. Jasper Sanfilippo served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman, and under his leadership, JBSS grew from a small pecan shelling operation to a multi-facility manufacturer and processor of tree nuts and peanuts with sales exceeding US$700 million.

As for the Award for Excellence in Research and the Award for Excellence in Gastronomy, INC is glad to announce the winners: Dr. David Jenkins and Chef Ferran Adrià.

For more information, please visit www.nufruit.org.

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