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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.

Corporate Golden Nut Award

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Costco Wholesale Corporation is an American multinational that operates a chain of membership only warehouse clubs and dedicates to bring to their members the best possible prices on quality private label and brand-name merchandise.

With 770 locations around the world, Costco provides a wide selection of items, both food and non food, as well as the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services.

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.

Six candidates aim for this year's INC Innovation Award, to be delivered during the World Congress in Boca Raton. New nut and dried fruit products, along with innovative services and packaging solutions, compose an outstanding roster of brilliant candidates. The candidates for this year are:

  • Date Sweeteners: Liquid & crystallized date sugar + date powder developed by Boudjebel, Tunisia. The company presents a new sweetener line that includes date sugar (liquid and crystalized) and date powder, all of them naturally produced without adding harmful components or any foreign ingredient.
  • developed by Nutnose, Netherlands. The candidate presents a 21st century way of trading to companies for the nuts, seeds and dried fruit industry: an online dealmaker, matching supply and demand in a way that has never been done before.
  • Besana's Planet Friendly Pot developed by Besana Group, Italy. Based on a long-lasting experience and as a result of an intense work in collaboration with experts, the company presents an innovative packaging combining in two layers a cardboard sheet and an environment-friendly plastic film.
  • Mediterranean tree nut beverages developed by Crisolar, Spain. The candidate presents a range of tree nut beverages in a single serve to enjoy all the tree nuts. A pure formula with only tree nuts, different flavors and with 3 times more nuts than other leading brands.
  • PureHeart Choco Mixed Nut Spread developed by Western India Cashew Company, India. The company presents a unique product in the spreads category with a 3-in-1 blend of almonds, cashews and hazelnuts paired with rich chocolate.
  • Valentine Day gift box developed by Nutty Gritties, India. The candidate presents a unique Valentine’s Day gifting solution that contains four specially curated nuts & blends: Exotic Rose Almonds, Dark Chocolate Almonds, Barbeque Blend and Berry Boost.