new products with almonds

New products with almonds: the best nut for the NPD

Almonds are the key ingredient in the development of new nut products, accounting for more than 40% of new launches of this type, according to some studies on the industry. In this article, we talk about almonds’ extraordinary versatility and take a closer look at some examples of the development of new products that make…

professional confectionery

Spanish almonds in professional and industrial confectionery

Paco Torreblanca, winner of the award for best pastry chef in the world, presents us the origin, history and evolution of three well-known pastry recipes and how almonds are the key ingredient in all of them.    After working on different projects, together with Michelin-starred chefs, hotel and catering schools and technological centres specialising in…

industry memberships

Importaco’s main food industry memberships

Actively participating in professional forums and associations is part of Importaco’s commitment to knowledge transfer in the fruit industry, which has helped us to position ourselves as a leading European food group. Would you like to know which are the main memberships and industry organisations in which we participate? Read more.     Importaco Group…

Consumer trends in the food industry

Consumer trends in the food industry by generation

For the food production sector, it is a must to know what drives consumer behaviours, what prompts them to choose specific foods and what motivates them to adopt certain eating habits. In this article we will go over the main consumer trends in the food industry and how they affect different generational groups. Keep reading.…

Plant-based drinks

Plant-based drinks and foods: new trends and innovative launches

Are you interested in the plant-based food and beverage market? Do you want to know where innovation is headed in this important food industry segment? We invite you to keep reading this article where we also delve deeper into the way in which nuts are influencing many of the new plant-based food launches.     …


New inspiration section aimed at hospitality professionals and industrial manufacturers interested in innovation with nuts and their application

A creativity, innovation and inspiration hub for the professional sector. A new digital space where Itac Professional, B2B brand of Grupo Importaco, offers food service and food industry professionals all of the high-value material developed by the company.     Nowadays, chefs and restaurants strive to renew their menus to follow gastronomical trends and satisfy…

nuts in the food industry

Itac Professional presents a collection of animated videos related to the use of nuts in the food industry and current trends

Nuts are a highly attractive ingredient for professionals of the food sector due to their versatility and many properties. In this new project, Itac Professional aims to inspire and encourage formulations with nuts by sharing a few specific applications of these products in the food and restaurant industry.   The project’s origin At Itac Professional,…

frozen foods trends

Frozen food trends: the influence of nuts

Frozen foods are experiencing a true golden age, especially since the beginning of the pandemic, when consumers reduced their number of supermarket visits and rediscovered the wide and varied offer of frozen foods. But, where is innovation heading in this market? Do you want to know the latest frozen food trends in the food industry?…

Slivered almonds

Slivered almonds: uses and applications in the food industry

Slivered almonds are among the most widespread processed almond forms, and the most demanded by industrial manufacturers. Want to learn about its main uses and benefits? Keep reading!   The food industry is increasingly including almonds and its various processed forms, such as pastes, dices, slices and slivers, in the formulation of products and new…

food product development

Food product development: new ingredients and strategies

The food industry is currently witnessing a new form of consumption. It must now abide by more sustainable processes and the use of innovative ingredients that are not only natural, but that also offer an added value and come from more environmentally-friendly sources. For this reason, it is vital for the entire industry to engage…


Top new uses of nuts in the food industry

The popularity of nuts in the development of new products for the food industry grows with each passing year. In addition to the more traditional sectors that use this ingredient, such as chocolate, bakery, ice cream and nougat, there is an increasing number of manufacturers who choose to enhance their products with nuts and its…

cereals ready to eat

Cereals ready-to-eat: enhancing breakfast value with nuts

The way we eat has been drastically changing during the last few years. The lines that once divided the moments of consumption of many food products are becoming increasingly blurry, and because of this, industrial manufacturers are working to strengthen the nutritional profile of products so that they can be considered suitable for any time…

nut powder

Nut powder: impact on the food industry

Nut powder is seeing an unprecedented level of acceptance among consumers. This trend comes hand in hand with the boom of plant-based proteins – especially as a result of the pandemic.    Growth expectations for this market in the last few years have been spectacular, and in fact, several experts and studies attribute its growth to…

food innovations

Some food innovations that are leading the industry

Every year, food industry manufacturers continue innovating and introducing new products in an attempt to attract new market segments, diversify their offerings and align with the new trends that drive food consumption among consumers. In all of these innovations, nuts and all of its derivatives are increasingly valued ingredients by innovation and product managers. In…

food certifications

Most important food certifications for industrial companies: all you need to know

Food safety certifications are today the best proof that a food product meets all quality, hygiene, safety and ingredient integrity requirements when made available for sale. For this reason, different food industries are increasingly interested in obtaining the most important certificates – those that are issued and verified by prestigious, specialised external organisations.   The…

nut flours

Nut flour: new applications in the food industry

The use of nut flours keeps growing in the industry as consumers show a greater interest for gluten-free products as part of cereal-free or low-carb diets, such as keto and paleo diets. But what are the benefits of making formulations with this ingredient? What are the main applications of this product in the food industry?…

food and beverage trade shows

Food and beverage trade shows and events in Europe 2022-2023

Every year, companies of the food industry work to define and plan their strategy in relation to their presence in food & beverage trade shows. Despite the fact that trade shows were deeply affected in 2020 by the Covid-19 pandemic, this sector is expected to recover in 2022 and everything points to them being, once…

food traceability

The importance of knowing your supplier’s food traceability process

Food traceability is a key component of food safety, a process that enables processors and manufacturers painstakingly track and trace each product and ingredient from their origin to their final application. Controlling the supply chain traceability is crucial both during daily operations and during crisis management situations or product recalls. What are the risks of…


Uses of walnut in new product formulations

Walnuts are taking a leading role in the food industry – especially in the field of new product developments. The versatility of this nut makes it ideal to be part of a myriad of novel foods. In this article you will find information about the benefits of this ingredient and we will delve deeper into…

Snacking trends

8 most popular snacking trends and nuts influence

The evolution of lifestyles, cultural changes and a higher sophistication and awareness among consumers in relation to their diet have had a deep impact in the way we eat. In Europe, many consumers are choosing to snack on something throughout the day, which implies a great opportunity for manufacturers. In this article we will go…

chocolate tasting experience

Improving chocolate tasting experience with almonds

According to a global study conducted by Innova Market Insights, 42% of consumers choose almonds as their favorite ingredient in chocolate products1. Chocolate consumers’ preference for almonds is not new, but it is true that new food trends are favoring their inclusion in more products such as bars and snacks. They are also a key…

peanut butter trends

Peanut and peanut butter trends

Raw and processed peanut, as well as peanut butter, are ingredients that are becoming increasingly common across different segments of the food industry. This growth is driven by changes in the consumption patterns of consumers, who compel manufacturers to update their offer with plant-based ingredients that are more respectful of the environment and provide new…

almond paste

Almond paste solutions for the food industry

The food industry has evolved during the latest years toward the use of natural, high quality ingredients specifically designed to offer a unique flavour and texture to the products. In processes for the manufacturing of ice cream, cakes, chocolates and specialties such as cereals and cookies, it is increasingly common to add innovative solutions such…

bakery industry trends

The most popular bakery trends: new fillings and toppings with nuts

The bakery and pastry industry is experiencing a moment of significant innovation in the search for the perfect balance between offering healthy and indulgence products. What are the main bakery industry trends? Changes in lifestyle during the last few years have encouraged a series of trends that are leading manufacturers to introduce new, more natural…


Nut butters in the Food Industry

What are nut butters? Over the past few years, the popularity of nut and seed-based butters has increased considerably. A few years ago, peanut butter was the most widely consumed nut spread used as an alternative to dairy butter, but the development of technology and consumer awareness of the nutritional properties of nuts and seeds…

processed peanuts

Get to know all the options for processed peanuts

Peanut can be used in many forms as an ingredient in the food industry. At Itac Professional we are expert peanut producers, and our products for this sector include processed peanuts in different forms, which is perfect for industries such as snacks, ice creams, baked goods, breakfasts or chocolate. In this article we tell you…

Semillas en la cocina

Uses and applications for seeds in your recipes

Using seeds allows us to add texture, consistency and colour to our recipes, making them more attractive and tasty. And, as they’re 100% vegetable-based, we can use the seeds for vegan and vegetarian dishes, in powder or hydrated form. On our blog, we’ve already shared an article about how you can use seeds in your…

snack saludable frutos secos

Healthy snacks: The new main player in vending machines

A snack can be defined as something we consume between meals or as an appetizer at meetings, with a cocktail, or at parties. Many of these snacks are sold in vending machines located in shopping centres, train stations, airports, gyms, hospitals, schools, or universities. This new way of consuming snacks and nuts (among other things)…

Cocktail frutos secos

Discover our dried fruit and nut cocktail range

Seasonings, batter and breaded coatings, crocants and desserts… Itac Professional dried fruit and nut cocktails have so many commercial culinary uses, apart from being a great snack, and they’ll help you give your dishes a really distinct flavour. Would you like to know what their secret is? It’s simply the great variety of tastes and…

Nut pastes

Discover the possibilities of nut pastes

The nutritional and sensory properties of nuts make them a fundamental part of the food industry. From the most traditional cuisine to the most innovative lifestyles, these foods can form an important part of any recipe repertoire. Now you can multiply their possibilities and potential applications by using them in paste form: discover the possibilities…



A healthy diet will include a good number of plant-based foods. As well as dishes with  vegetables, fruits, leaves, or roots, we can include an element with enormous potential: seeds. But how can seeds enhance your recipes? We’re about to tell you! With all their amazing properties, it means that we can always turn to…


Importaco to attend the 2019 PLMA Trade Show in Amsterdam

For more than thirty years the PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association) Trade Show in Amsterdam has brought together retailers and manufacturers not only to showcase the latest developments in the food sector, but also to help generate synergies between its different players. This is how new ideas are born that help distributors and manufacturers in…

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From tree to factory: almond harvesting

Once the almonds are harvested and the cold weather sets in, the almond trees must start their winter rest, shedding their leaves and entering the vegetative stage until they start flowering, where the vegetative activity restarts once the warmer temperatures arrive.