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The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) will celebrate the XXXVI World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress in Chennai, India. From May 19-21, 2017, INC Congress will provide a unique environment for participants to learn, do networking and share knowledge and experiences.

Day 1, Friday May 19, 2017

CONGRESS REGISTRATION

*Registration will open on May 17, 2017 from 08:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and May 18, 2017 from 08:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

May 19, 2017 07:30 AM - 06:00 PM Hibiscus Lounge

BOOTH EXHIBITION

 

May 19, 2017 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM Prefunction Area

MORNING COFFEE

Morning coffee will be served continuously from 8:30 AM to 12 PM.

Sponsored by Besana Group
May 19, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM Prefunction Area

CONGRESS OPENING

 

May 19, 2017 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Rajendra Ballroom

CASHEWS Round Table

Chaired by: Hari Nair, Western India Cashews, India.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Gopi Kallayil

Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google
"9 principles of innovation at Google"

May 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Rajendra Ballroom Gopi Kallayil

PEANUTS Round Table

Chaired by: Wim Schipper, Intersnack Procurement B.V., Netherlands.

NUTRITION RESEARCH UPDATE

Chaired by: Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination, Spain.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Richard D. Mattes
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science Director of Public Health Graduate Program Director at Ingestive Behavior Research Center Purdue University, USA.
  • Dr. V. Mohan
President & Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India.

BUFFET WORKING LUNCH

 

Sponsored by GI Technologies
May 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM Rajendra Ballroom

MEETINGS AREA

 

Sponsored by Jungle Organic
May 19, 2017 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM Lotus Lounge

MACADAMIA WORKING GROUP SESSION AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Chaired by: Carl Henning, SAMAC, South Africa.

WELCOME COCKTAIL

The Leela Palace will host the welcoming party of the Congress, a cocktail evening to enjoy the music of DJ Zam, along with a Saxophonist and a Cajon drum player, while participants take advantage of a significant networking opportunity.

Cocktail dress recommended.

• Coaches depart from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM from Sembiyan Porch ITC Grand Chola.
• Coaches depart at 5:00 PM from main entrance at the Westin Chennai Velachery Hotel.

Sponsored by Intersnack Rajkumar
May 19, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM The Leela Palace Hotel

Day 2, Saturday May 20, 2017

CONGRESS REGISTRATION

 

May 20, 2017 07:30 AM - 06:00 PM Hibiscus Lounge

BOOTH EXHIBITION

 

May 20, 2017 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM Prefunction Area

MORNING COFFEE

Morning coffee will be served continuously from 8:30 AM to 12 PM.

Sponsored by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc.
May 20, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM Prefunction Area

ALMONDS Round Table

Chaired by: Bill Morecraft, Blue Diamond Growers, USA.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GURUDEV SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

Spiritual and humanitarian leader
“Mantra for success and happiness”

May 20, 2017 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM Rajendra Ballroom Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

WALNUTS Round Table

Chaired by: Cheng Hung Kay, CHK Trading, China-Hong Kong.

SCIENTIFIC SEMINAR

Chaired by: Pino Calcagni, Chairman of the INC Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, Italy.

Guest speakers:

  • Prakash Kalbavi: Kalbavi Cashews, India

BUFFET WORKING LUNCH

  

Sponsored by Almond Board of California
May 20, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM Rajendra Ballroom

MEETINGS AREA

 

Sponsored by Jungle Organic
May 20, 2017 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM Lotus Lounge

BUFFET CASUAL DINNER

In the frame of the casual dinner at The Leela Palace, the delegates will have the opportunity to relish the myriad colors and crafts of the Indian culture, including a spectacular Bollywood performance by Sumeet Nagdev Dance Academy, specially flown in from Mumbai. As the Bollywood show ends, a DJ will take the floor. Besides, activities such as Henna or Bangles will showcase the vibrancy of India. 

Smart casual dress recommended.

  • Coaches depart from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM from Sembiyan Porch ITC Grand Hotel
  • Coaches depart at 6:00 PM from main entrance at the Westin Chennai Velachery Hotel.

Sponsored by The Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds
May 20, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM The Leela Palace Hotel

Day 3, Sunday May 21, 2017

CONGRESS REGISTRATION

 

May 21, 2017 07:30 AM - 02:00 PM Hibiscus Lounge

BOOTH EXHIBITION

 

May 21, 2017 08:30 AM - 01:00 PM Prefunction Area

MORNING COFFEE

Morning coffee will be served continuously from 8:30 AM to 12 PM.

Sponsored by The Richard Franco Agency
May 21, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM Prefunction Area

ANNUAL REPORT


Delivery of the:
• Innovation Award
• Award for Excellence in Research > Dr. Richard D. Mattes
• Award for Excellence in Gastronomy > Bukhara Restaurant

May 21, 2017 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM Rajendra Ballroom

PINE NUTS Round Table

Chaired by: Pino Calcagni, Besana, Italy.

May 21, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Rajendra Ballroom Pino CalcagniPengyu ZhangRustam Kushu

BRAZIL NUTS Round Table

Chaired by: Roby Danon, Voicevale, UK.

PECANS Round Table

Chaired by: Steve Zaffarano, National Pecan, USA.

May 21, 2017 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM Rajendra Ballroom Steve ZaffaranoBruce CarisJeffrey SanfilippoJill Whyte

BUFFET WORKING LUNCH

 

Sponsored by Sun-Maid Growers of California
May 21, 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM Rajendra Ballroom

MEETINGS AREA

 

Sponsored by Jungle Organic
May 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM Lotus Lounge

GALA COCKTAIL

 

May 21, 2017 06:30 PM - 07:00 PM Hibiscus Lounge, Lotus Lounge and Prefunction Area

GALA DINNER

The traditional Gala Dinner and Awards Evening will be celebrated at the Rajendra Ballroom of the ITC Grand Chola Hotel. The Golden Nut Award ceremony stands as the central moment of the program, that also includes an introductory performance titled The Big Om, specially choreographed for INC by Arangham Dance School. After the dinner, buses will take delegates and accompanying persons to the Gala After Party at The Grand Chennai by GRT Hotels, where they will be delighted by music and open bar will be available.

Delivery of:

• Golden Nut Award > Mr. K. Ravindranathan Nair

Black tie recommended.

Sponsored by Vijayalaxmi Cashew Company
May 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM Rajendra Ballroom

GALA AFTER PARTY

• Coaches depart from 9.30 PM from the ITC Grand Chola.

May 21, 2017 09:30 PM - 12:00 AM The Leela Palace Hotel