More than 1,400 Participants at the Most Attended World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress

Jun 02, 2016, 09:00 ET from International Nut & Dried Fruit Council (INC)

SAN DIEGO, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

INC has celebrated the XXXV World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress in San Diego. From May 30th until today June 1st, more than 1,400 delegates have participated in the only and largest international event dedicated to the nut and dried fruit industry that this year's edition has broken previous records of attendance.

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Steve Junqueiro, Co-president and COO of Save Mart Supermarkets, shared his vision on the future of American supermarkets. He outlined a market featured by a more digital consumer driven by food transparency, convenience, connectivity, emotional connection and local and sustainable supply.

Industry leaders provided participants with updated information on global production of different nuts and dried fruits for 2016. As it's been stated, pistachio's industry expects consumption to increase, as consumers are looking for more snacks. When it comes to almonds, they look for worldwide demand growing to 5-6% rates, while projections for walnut consumption are also positive due to new products being launched to the market and promotions led by advertising campaigns.

Furthermore, the Congress has gathered distinguished scientists and nutritionists such as Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton (Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Dr. Cesarettin Alasalvar (TÜBITAK Marmara Research Center, Turkey). A study conducted by Tianjin Medical University about nut consumption and depressive symptoms. Conclusions show that "the frequency of nut consumption is independently and inversely associated with depressive symptoms", Prof. Salas-Salvadó said. "It is suggested that nut consumption may be beneficial to the prevention of depressive symptoms".

Dr. Kris-Etherton outlined the importance of including nuts on a regular daily habits, "the younger population are not clearly meeting recommendations for nuts, seeds and soy products, so we have room to improve this situation", Dr. Kris-Etherton affirmed and added that "strong evidence suggests that consumption of nuts and peanuts decreases all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, risk of diabetes in different population groups, as well as age-related increases in body weight".

The Scientific Seminar focused on agricultural and water resources. Dr. Joel Kimmelshue, from Land IQ, made an approach to the spatial mapping technology in almonds, walnuts, pistachios and dried plums. Results provided by spatial mapping, Dr. Kimmelshue stated, represent a "foundational, updatable and accurate base layer to drive much more informed decision-making".

The final session has served to present the following INC Congress that will be held in Chennai, India, on May 2017.

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