INC Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, Italy
Active in the nut and dried fruit industry for about sixty years, Pino Calcagni took over the enterprise from the Besana brothers, founders of Besana Group, having led its strong expansion through many years. In fact, Besana is today a leader in Europe dealing in nuts, dried fruit, seeds and chocolate. Soon he took over important roles, first in national and quickly also in European and worldwide organizations. In 1982, he is among the passionate founders of the INC. He was President of the INC during the early 90’s and he is today Vice Chairman.
For many years he has been active in spreading the importance of nuts and dried fruit as healthy foods, and always emphasizing the deep social and environmental aspect, as thousands of people worldwide live with and from these natural commodities. With zeal and devotion he carries on his personal commitment towards the sector and the consumer. All of that has allowed him achieve significant international goals, for which he was honored with the Golden Nut Award in 2010.
In January 2018, he was awarded the Honoris Causa degree from the Caspian University, Almaty (Kazakhstan) for his outstanding contribution to the nut and dried fruit sector over sixty years.