The Spanish Almond Board met in Reus, Spain on April 24, 2018 to discuss and share the latest changes and opportunities of the Spanish Almond industry. The event welcomed over 150 participants from the Spanish almond industry (growers, traders, processors, manufacturers, organizations and machinery companies) and was organized by Spain's Almond Board (SAB-Almendrave) with the aim to share and discuss updates on the sector's challenges and opportunities in the country. Mr. Pont (INC Honorary President) was awarded with a Medal of Honor in recognition for his professional career at the Closing Ceremony.
The event offered three round tables -innovation, final consumer and almond markets- with experts from the almond sector (growers, traders, processors, manufacturers, organizations and machinery companies). Mr. Pino Calcagni, INC Vice Chairman and Chairman of the INC Scientific and Government Affairs Committee, gave a presentation about the Hazelnut Global Situation.
During the first round table, moderated by Mr. Joan Fortuny (Vice-chairman of the Spanish Almond Board), some innovations in the almond sector were presented. Ms. Ana Boulova (FRUCOM) presented the FRUCOM’s project in phytosanitary products research. Mr. Charles Boddy (Borrell) explained the cutting-edge technology in almonds and hazelnuts. The project for the detection of bitter almonds was summarized by Mr. Aurelio Gracia (IRTA). Mr. Enrique García (Grupo Gas Natural Fenosa) presented the innovation and energy efficiency in greenhouses. Mr. Ramón Gil (Cajamar) explained the innovation in the organizational structure in tree nut orchards.
The second round table, moderated by Mr. Josep Moragas (Spanish Almond Board), revolved around the final consumer. Snacks, nougats and almond drinks were the topics presented by Mr. Xema Albert (Importaco), Mr. Angel Velasco (Torrons Vicenç) and Ms. Mar Doñate (Calidad Pascual), respectively. During the last round table, the almond market was discussed. Due to the absence of Ms. Rachel Bickford (USDA), Mr. Jorge de Saja commented the development of US almond production. The structure of the almond sector worldwide was explained by Mr. Antonio Pont Jr. (AEOFRUSE). Mr. José Luis Balanzá (Descalmendra) talked about the future of the national and international almond market. Finally, Mr. Nuno Ferreira (PABI S.A.) and Mr. Parick Marchandou (GLM) gave a presentation about the almond sector in the Iberian Peninsula and in Australia, respectively.
In the Closing Ceremony, Mr. Antonio Pont (INC Honorary President) received a Medal of Honor in recognition for his professional career.