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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 Award.

Corporate Golden Nut Award

Olam International

The Corporate Golden Nut Award will be awarded to Olam International. They are a leading food and agri-business that supplies food ingredients, feed and fiber to over 19,800 customers ranging from multi-national brands to small family owned business. Founded in 1989, Olam has grown to encompass 74,500 employees and was listed on the Singapore Exchange in 2005. Currently Olam ranks among the top 30 largest companies on the Singapore Exchange in terms of market capitalization. Their portfolio comprises of a wide range of products including confectionery and beverage ingredients, food staples, packaged food, industrial raw materials, infrastructure, commodity financial services, and edible nuts and spices. Recently Olam has been presented with several awards for sustainability and this topic continues to be of utmost importance for the company.

Excellence in Research

Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó

Professor and Director of the Human Nutrition Unit, Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology at the Rovira i Virgili University, Spain

Professor and Director of the Human Nutrition Unit, Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology at the Rovira i Virgili University, Spain. Head of the Nutrition Department at the Sant Joan University Hospital of Reus, Spain. Vice-President of the Pere Virgili Institute of Health Research. Principal investigator of the CIBERobn, at the Institute of Health Carlos III. Director of the Catalan Nutrition Center at the Institute of Catalan Studies. Director of the Iberoamerican Network on metabolic syndrome. Chairman of the INC-World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination. Member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Member of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition.

Throughout his career, Prof. Salas-Salvadó’s research has focused on human clinical trials evaluating the effect of diets and dietary compounds on obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Since 2005, he has been one of the leaders of the PREDIMED STUDY and Chair of the PREDIMED-Plus Steering Committee.

Since 1983, he has directed more than 25 research projects funded by public bodies and over 27 projects in conjunction with pharmaceutical and food industries. He has published more than 580 scientific articles, numerous reviews and editorials. Editor of 7 books and co-author of more than 65. 

Excellence in Gastronomy

This year the INC is taking an innovative and different approach to the Award for Excellence in Gastronomy.

In previous years, this award was given to a chef that had demonstrated dedication and success in using nuts and dried fruits as a principle part of their recipes. However, this year, the INC is excited to change the process and make the award more of a contest, creating healthy competition and innovation among chefs. The INC will use this opportunity to reach out to local culinary organizations in an effort to engage local chefs. As the INC Congress this year will take place in Dubai, The Emirates Culinary Guild will be the association taking part in the competition.

The contest will be laid out as follows:

  • An invitation containing the rules and process will be sent to The Emirates Culinary Guild. They are a national member of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). WACS is the premier global network for chef associations around the world.
  • Once The Emirates Culinary Guild has received the invitation, the offer will be sent out to all chefs that are members and wish to compete for the Award for Excellence in Gastronomy.
  • The chefs are charged with the task of creating a unique and innovative dish using nuts and/or dried fruit of their choice.
  • The Emirates Culinary Guild will select the top five chefs from the initial group of contestants.
  • The top 5 chefs will then be invited to attend the Gala Dinner of the congress where the Executive Committee of the INC will select the chef to be awarded the Award for Excellence in Gastronomy.
  • The selection will be based on the use of the nut and or dried fruit (50%) and the innovativeness of the dish (50%).

Once the winning chef has been announced, the winner will select a nut or dried fruit of their choice and will have the opportunity to travel to a country that produces that nut or dried fruit. During this visit, they will tour and visit production facilities to further learn about the product. The winning chef will also collaborate with the communication and marketing plan of the INC and will contribute recipes.

Innovation Award

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.

Delegates 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 XXXIX World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, in Dubai, UAE, May 27-29, 2021.

Open only to INC members attending the Congress, this is a unique opportunity to:

  • Reach 1000+ participants from 60+ countries.
  • Highlight your new products/services.
  • Enhance your company’s reputation for innovation.


Why participate?

  • Participants will be displayed in the Exhibition Area of the XXXIX World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, in Dubai, UAE, May 27-29, 2021.
  • The winner will be announced at the XXXIX World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress in Dubai.
  • 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, 2021, 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, 2021 (only one product or service per applicant).

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 2020 or early 2021.
  • A completely new product, product line, service, packaging or technology launched by the participating company in 2020 or early 2021.
  • A product with significant modification to the original offering introduced in the market in 2019, 2020 or 2021. For example, the addition/deletion of an ingredient, or a significant modification to equipment functionality, or innovation in packaging.


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