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Good Work Deserves Recognition.

The INC Awards are the premier international showcase of excellence for the nuts and dried fruits industry.

The INC Awards program comprises the Golden Nut Award, the Award for Excellence in Gastronomy, the Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation Awards.

Individual Golden Nut Award

Mr. Bert Steir

The Wonderful Company, USA

Bert Steir has been working in the nut and citrus industry for over 38 years. He was a founder of the original Paramount nut group, and is now Vice President of The Wonderful Company. Before that he was an executive of two New York stock exchange companies. He grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude. Prior to college he served in the U.S. Infantry in France, Germany and the Philippine Islands during World War II.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Since moving to California, Bert and his wife, Judy, have also kept a home in New York, where Judy spends most of her time tracking their expanding clan of  21 children,  grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Excellence in Research

Prof. Linda Tapsell

Senior Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Wollongong, Australia

Professor Linda Tapsell is a leading Australian researcher in Nutrition and Dietetics. For over 30 years she conducted ongoing clinical trials manipulating the macronutrient content of diets, testing the impact of individual foods on health outcomes and evaluating the efficacy of healthy dietary patterns in lifestyle interventions. This included a number of trials specifically examining nuts in relation to dietary fat manipulation, impact on cardiometabolic parameters, and driving healthy dietary choices. She has over 200 scientific publications, including a textbook Food, Nutrition and Health (Oxford University Press). Professor Tapsell has trained a generation of nutrition scientists and practitioners and is a Fellow of both the Australian Nutrition Society and the Dietitians Association. She continues to serve on a range of national and international expert committees on food and nutrition. In 2015 she was named a member of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to health science as an academic and clinician specialising in diet and nutrition’. 

Excellence in Gastronomy

Chef Andrew Roenbeck

Executive Chef at Boca Raton Resort & Club

Chef Roenbeck has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. An integral part of the Resort & Club for 27 years, Chef Roenbeck joined Boca Resort’s culinary team in September of 1991. He supervises a culinary staff of 127, overseeing all aspects of the more than $70 million food and beverage operation.  

Prior to joining the culinary team at Boca Raton Resort & Club, Chef Roenbeck held a number of culinary positions. He completed a stage at the world famous Café and Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo working with renowned Chef Alain Ducasse at the Louis XV restaurant and with Café de Paris’s executive Chef Roger Cuisinier. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, in 1982, he went to work for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and won a Gold Medal for Hershey’s International Chocolate Festival. For six years he served as a task force leader for Interstate Hotels and Resorts, opening new hotels throughout the United States during his tenure. In 1989, he was hired to open the Trump Taj Majal. Chef Roenbeck moved to Boca Raton to work for one of the area’s exclusive country clubs.

His solid reputation and extensive contacts led Chef Roenbeck to a position at Boca Raton Resort & Club, where he has remained for the last 27 years, making Boca Resort one of the culinary leaders in the Waldorf Astoria collection as its Executive Chef. In 2018, Hilton Worldwide recognized Chef Roenbeck with the Chef of the Year award in the luxury category for over 700 rooms during the 2018 Hilton Curate Food & Beverage Conference held at Boca Raton Resort & Club. This award is presented to a leader that curates amazing experiences for hotel guests and team members at the highest level. This individual consistently delivers on all financial metrics related to sales and profits while providing extremely high levels of quality food & beverage.

Innovation Awards

Established in 2011, the INC Innovation Award celebrates the creative spirit of the nut and dried fruit industry by focusing attention on the most significant new product/service introduced in the market.

INC members attending the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress have the opportunity not only to share experiences but also to get enriched with new ideas.
This contest will select the Top Best new product/service at the 38th World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, May 23-25, 2019.

Open only to INC members attending the Congress, this is a unique opportunity to:
  • Reach 1,300 participants from 60+ countires.
  • Highlight your new products/services.
  • Enhance your company’s reputation for innovation.
Why participate?
  • Participants will be displayed in the Exhibition Area of the XXXVIII World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, May 23-25, 2019.
  • The winner will be announced at the 2019 World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
  • The winner will be featured in the Nutfruit magazine and Congress video.

  • Entries must submit the product/service description (300 words max.), high-quality product shots (jpeg or tiff, 300 dpi or greater) and company logo.
  • Entrants shall e-mail the information before April 10, 2019, to
  • Once accepted, entrants will be asked to send product samples and/or supporting material to the Congress venue for the Exhibition Area. Shipment details will be provided.

Deadline to submit the information is April 10, 2019 (only one product or service per applicant).

The INC will set up displays in the Exhibition Area in the form of posters and glass cabinets. The posters will present the description of the product/service, pictures and company logo.
Eligible products must be newly launched. This includes:
  • A new product or service that has been introduced in the market in 2018 or early 2019.
  • A completely new product, product line, service, packaging or technology launched by the participating company in 2018 or early 2019.
  • A product with a significant modification to the original offering introduced in the market in 2018 or early 2019. For example, the addition/deletion of an ingredient, or a significant modification to equipment functionality, or innovation in packaging.
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