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, the B2B brand of Importaco, we are greatly committed to the dissemination of new nut applications and the way in which these ingredients can help you stay up-to-date with new food trends. It is this commitment that gave birth to our inspiration section for professionals and to this new project aimed at food companies looking for products that can entice consumers.


Through an eye-catching resource such as animated videos, this project conveys some ideas of high interest to professionals, and encourages innovation in the development of new products by making formulations with more natural ingredients such as nuts.


The best inspiration for food industry manufacturers


Dairy alternatives and gluten-free products

One of the main objectives of food manufacturers is to conquer new market niches and get the most profit out of their businesses. 


In this regard, products aimed at population groups with special dietary needs, such as dairy-free and gluten-free products, have an increasing demand. Despite of this, the offer is still not sufficiently broad to satisfy the needs and tastes of these population groups. In this video you can find more details regarding this important niche. 




How to improve the diet of the elderly with nuts

By 2050 there will be 2 billion people over 60 on the planet. In this landscape, the industry must be capable of satisfying the specific needs of the fastest-growing population segment in the world: the elderly. Here, nuts can help:

    • Prevent diseases
    • Combat malnutrition in the elderly
    • Attain an optimal protein intake


The elderly are increasingly aware of the impact that food can have on their health and wellbeing. If brands start focusing their efforts on the development of products specifically aimed at this group, they will find an important means to increase the profitability of their business. More details in this video!




Functional foods: ingredients that open up new opportunities

In the always difficult task of seducing consumers, stressing the functional properties of a product and the ingredients that contribute to this is an increasingly common strategy in the food industry. 


Nuts, dried fruits and seeds are essential ingredients in many processed foods and contribute to the formulation of new functional products. In this video we take a quick look at its contribution to this important segment of the food sector.




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Coffee and peanut: a match made in heaven

During the last few years, consumer interest has grown over special or gourmet coffees. In this video we tell you how disruptive innovation can be achieved through an alluring mix of coffee and peanuts.




How to maximise the value of plant-based protein?

Did you know that 48% of consumers are already on the lookout for foods labelled as «plant-based»? And that 42% of them consider high protein content «particularly important» when choosing a product? Find out why the application of plant-based protein as a product of the combination of complementary ingredients is gaining relevance and learn why including nuts in your recipes is a good option amidst the «plant-based» and «protein-rich» trends.




Plant-based alternatives to meat: Challenges and consequences

The popularity of alternatives to meat is booming, as high consumption of red and processed meats has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease and overall mortality.

If you want to discover the role of nuts as a plant-based alternative to meat and the challenges this poses for the food industry, we invite you to watch the following video:




Special nut oils

A gateway to new gastronomic experiences! Current scientific knowledge has made some oils stand out, not only for their organoleptic characteristics, but also for their health properties.


Those oils, apart from representing a scientific breakthrough that improves people’s health, represent a huge opportunity for those industrial manufacturers who are willing to take advantage of them.




The secrets of the cheese that is not cheese

Many people consider cheese to be their favourite food, or at least, an important ingredient of their favourite meals. Within vegan products, cheese analogues represent the fastest growing category. This industry is expected to be worth $3.9 billion globally by 2024 and $7 billion by 2030.


If you are not yet aware of the enormous opportunity that nut-based vegetable cheeses represent, this video animation will spark your interest in this food category.




Everything can be advantaged from the almond

The almond is the most consumed nut in the world, making it a key element in a healthy diet.


However, to obtain the seed directly for consumption, we first have to get rid of the shell, the skin and other elements, such as the blanching water. With the increase in its consumption, its production has grown, which means an increase in the amount of waste.


Find out how to take advantage of everything from the almond, both its seed and the bio-waste that is generated.



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