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Chocolates with nuts: a mix of flavours and textures

Chocolates with nuts: a mix of flavours and textures

Chocolates with nuts are much more than a sweet treat. Its combination of flavours and textures produces very appealing sensations on the palate, which restaurant and catering professionals take advantage of to surprise their customers with something special.     Consumption of nuts with chocolate The consumption of chocolate with nuts is increasingly consolidated among…

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New products with almonds: the best nut for the NPD

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…

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Importaco’s main food 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…

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Consumer trends in the food industry by generation

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.…

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Plant-based drinks and foods

Plant-based drinks and foods

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.     …

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

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…

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Nut applications: preparations suitable for the industry

Nut applications: preparations suitable for the industry

Itac Professional once again takes a giant leap in the use of nuts by designing an innovative project focused on the development of new and creative preparations suitable for the industry based on almonds and peanuts. In this project we dive into a new universe, connecting not only with professionals of the hospitality industry, but…

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

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,…

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Development of new nut products and foods for elderly

Development of new nut products and foods for elderly

In 2050, over 2 billion people around the world will be over 60 years. The elderly are the fastest-growing population segment in the world, and this fact does not go unnoticed by industrial manufacturers and their new formulations. What are the ideal foods for elderly? Why does adding nuts and its processed forms in formulations…

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Frozen food trends: the influence of nuts

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?…

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Slivered almonds: uses and applications in the food industry

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…

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Food product development: new ingredients and strategies

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…

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Top new uses of nuts in the food industry

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…

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

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…

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Nut powder: impact on the food industry

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…

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Food innovations that are leading the industry

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…

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Most important food certifications for industrial companies

Most important food certifications for industrial companies

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…

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Nut flour: new applications in the food industry

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?…

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

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…

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Sustainable and efficient almond cultivation

Sustainable and efficient almond cultivation

Importaco Group established the Importaco Terra company in 2015 with a clear goal: to start an agricultural integration project that would boost agricultural development through the Spanish-variety almond cultivation. All under a more sustainable supply chain management model. What are the hallmarks of this company? How has it evolved throughout the last few years? Keep…

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Chocolate confectionery trends

Chocolate confectionery trends

Chocolate confectionery products are usually consumed as a snack. Within this category there are a myriad of possibilities, with a wide range of products, ingredients and possible combinations. In this article we go over the chocolate confectionery trends that are driving innovation in this segment and how nuts are influencing new product launches. In general,…

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Know your supplier’s food traceability process

Know 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…

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Uses of walnut in new product formulations

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…

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Ice cream trends: transparent and ethical ingredients

Ice cream trends: transparent and ethical ingredients

The ice cream industry is experiencing a period of great creativity and innovation. The impact of the Coronavirus, the lockdowns and the restrictions to the hospitality industry have led many people to consume ice creams at home. In this regard, according to Mintel, 45% of consumers see ice creams as their favourite indulgence, which further…

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8 most popular snacking trends and nuts influence

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…

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Peanut and 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…

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Food industry: Almond paste solutions

Food industry: Almond paste solutions

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…

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The family companies Importaco and Besana join forces to form a leading European nut group

The family companies Importaco and Besana join forces to form a leading European nut group

We are pleased to announce that, this July 2020, we completed the integration of the Italian company Besana through the purchase of 51% of its share capital. The Spanish food company Importaco reached an agreement with the Italian company Besana to strengthen its focus on natural products, such as hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, peanuts and seeds,…

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Nut butters in the Food Industry

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…

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Options for processed peanuts

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…

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Seeds in recipes: Uses and applications

Seeds in recipes: Uses and applications

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…

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Discover our dried fruit and nut cocktail

Discover our dried fruit and nut cocktail

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…

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Christmas classics for your menu

Christmas classics for your menu

Nuts are some of the most popular food items at Christmas time, and, for that reason, shouldn’t be missing from your restaurant’s festive menu. Incorporating them into your Christmas recipes will help you give a festive touch to your recipes.     Nuts, among the most popular food items at Christmas Although we can enjoy…

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Possibilities of nut pastes

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…

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Petit-fours and chocolate-coated dried fruits

Petit-fours and chocolate-coated dried fruits

When people eat out, whether in a restaurant, at events, or in a gourmet market, you’ll always give your customers a really sweet impression if you offer them a chocolate treat to finish off their meal. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that there’s always room for something sweet, especially if it’s petit-fours or…

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PRODUCTS FOR YOUR GOURMET DISHES

PRODUCTS FOR YOUR GOURMET DISHES

DEHYDRATED INGREDIENTS: GOURMET PRODUCTS FOR CREATIVE DISHES A good chef should know when to use the more unusual ingredients to give a special touch to their dishes. With that in mind, as nuts producers experts, we’re going to give you a few tips about how to use our best gourmet products in your menu.  …

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HOW CAN SEEDS ENHANCE YOUR RECIPES?

HOW CAN SEEDS ENHANCE YOUR RECIPES?

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…
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From tree to factory: almond harvesting

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.

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