The 2021 INC 3D Online Conference, held by the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), on May 25-27, has been completed. The conference brought together more than 1,300 industry professionals in the nut and dried fruit industry from more than 70 countries of the world. More than 70 expert speakers spearheaded discussions on the industry, addressing topics such as sustainability, yield forecasts, supply and demand, the benefits of dried and unshelled fruits to human health, and efforts to increase consumption.
Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters’ Association Vice Chairman Mehmet Ali Işık said that an increase of 34 percent and 11 percent is expected in global plum and date production in the 2021/22 season, respectively.
Işık said, “With the production of total dried fruits (dates, dried apricots, candied dried cranberries, dried figs, plums and raisins – dried grapes and currants) reaching 3.1 million tonnes, it is estimated that there will be an increase of 7 percent compared to 2020/21.”
“Rollover stocks are expected to decrease by 7 percent in 2021/22 and overall supply and demand are in balance. Retail sales soared in 2020 as a result of curfews,” Işık added.
The conference also offered sponsor sessions and an exhibition hall that connects directly with attendees to provide business solutions to attendees. All sessions were shown on Nutflix, which serves as a one-stop shop to watch every session in the conference.