24 Jun 2013
Prunes Improve Digestive Health
Prunes have been granted a specific EU health claim for their "contribution to normal bowel function". Prunes are the first entire fruit that have obtained a claim under EU's new food marketing regulations –according to PRNewswire Press Realease featured on 12 June 2013.
Eating prunes is officially beneficial for digestive health confirms the European Commission in its final authorization published on 12 June 2013. Prunes are the unique natural fruit in achieving an authorized health declaration in the EU.
The permitted health claim for prunes reads: “Dried plums/prunes contribute to normal bowel function”. Eating 100 gr of prunes (8-12 pieces) gives the effect of favourable digestive health and provides more than 25% (7.1 gr) of the daily recommended intake of fibre. Therefore, prunes are a convenient source to raise the fiber intake.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a favourable opinion after reviewing six years of complete scientific research that demonstrates the beneficial effect of the plums bowel function, and consequently in digestive health.
USA, Chile, France and Argentina are the top four producing countries of prunes, representing 97% of global prune production. USA is the largest prune producer with 47% of worldwide production in 2012/2013, according to the data presented during the Dried Fruit Seminar at the INC World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress in Barcelona, last May 2013.
 The aim of the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations are to defend consumers from false health recommendations in labelling, advertising, marketing and promotional activities. All health claims are evaluated by carefully scientific assessment and require high quality human research based on an approved recommended scientific practice.
30 Apr 2013
Besana offer is Global: 86% export
Interview (in Italian) to Pino Calcagni, Chairman of Besana Group
26 Apr 2013
Increase of Global Consumption of Nuts and Dried Fruits
The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) has published the 2007-2012 Global Statistical Review, the latest annual revision on global production, trade and consumption of nuts and dried fruits.
The core results of the 2007-2012 Global Statistical Review are as follows;
- Total production for tree nuts in 2012 totalled 3.5 million metric tons, which represents a 5.5 percent increase from the previous year.
- Dried fruit global production totalled 9.5 million metric tons, representing a 13 percent increase from 2011.
- Peanuts 2012 world production achieved the sum of 36.5 million metric tons, 2 percent up from the previous year.
- Global trade of tree nuts in 2011 decreased by 4 percent, which implies an increase in local consumption.
- Dried fruit trading in 2011 had no significant variation over 2010.
- On the other hand, 2011 trade volume of peanuts increased by 30 percent.
- World consumption of tree nuts in 2011 exceeded for the first time the barrier of 3 million metric tons, with a sum of 3.020.492 MT.
- Dried fruit consumption increased 5 percent in 2011, while peanut consumption was slightly over 36 million metric tons, a 7 percent increase from the previous year.
- Nuts and dried fruit total supply value accompanied the consumption rising trends in the last years, achieving 25.657 billion US dollars for tree nuts in 2012 (19% up from 2011), and 6.663 billion US dollars in the case of dried fruit (4% down from 2011).
- The increase of world supply value over the last seven years was 88% for tree nuts, and 40% for dried fruits.
The results of International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) Global Statistical Review 2007-2012 is available in pdf file, please download it by clicking the following link:
24 Jan 2013
Besana Group wins Uk-Italy Business Award
The Besana Group, based in Campania, Southern Italy, and a leading company in the production and distribution of nuts and dried fruit, has received high level recognition by the British government for its dedicated and outstanding business activities in the United Kingdom. The President of the Group, Giuseppe (Pino) Calcagni, told us: “Our presence in the U.K. goes back to 1989 and today we are preparing to invest another £5 million in a new production and distribution plant”
Milan, 24th January 2013.
V.Besana Spa, a food company based in Campania near Naples and leader in the production and distribution of nuts, dried fruit, seeds and chocolate, has today been honoured with the "UK-Italy Business Award", an award conferred by the British government on Italian companies who have chosen the United Kingdom for their international expansion.
The Group, led by Giuseppe Calcagni and today present in European, American, Asian and African markets through various brands, including AlmaverdeBio (specializing in organic products), has been received the “Long Term Investor” award. This accolade is in recognition of its presence in Great Britain since 1989 and to its fruitful business relationships with important local institutions.
“We are particularly proud of this award – explains Giuseppe Calcagni – because it highlights our achievements in the United Kingdom. Our group, founded as a family enterprise, is today an international player in the sector. The success attained and our historical presence in Great Britain are the catalyst toward our now investing in further projects thereby helping to develop and consolidate our activities on all 5 continents”.
In the medium term the British site plans to increase employment by 20% and make a further investment of GBP 5 million for a new chemical-free and environment-friendly production and distribution plant, creating a strong commercial bridge towards Central Europe and Africa.
The official ceremony for the UK-ITALY Business Awards has taken place today in Milan at the Borsa Italiana (Italian Stock Exchange), in the presence of the British Minister for Business and Innovation Michael Fallon, the British Ambassador in Italy Christopher Prentice and the CEO of Borsa Italiana Raffaele Jerusalmi.
UK Trade & Investment, the British agency promoting international trade development, has recognized the Besana Group who for nearly 25 years have been operating a strategic production and logistics site based in Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire, within converted aircraft hangars that formerly housed the Royal Air Force. Besana created this base to consolidate its business activity within the British and Northern European markets.
Founded in 1921 by the brothers Emilio and Vincenzo Besana the group is today guided by the third and fourth generations, Giuseppe (Pino) Calcagni and his son Riccardo.
Their long term strategies combined with active research & development, capacity for continuous innovation, respect for quality and safety of products has made the company a leader in the sector and an important partner of the principal European supermarket chains, food service companies and major food industries. The Group has been a pioneer in the application of international food quality regulations and the defence of hygiene and environmental standards for workers in nut and dried fruit production, always basing their own procedures on these international guidelines, the HACCP manual and product certification.
Who is Giuseppe Calcagni
Born in Naples, Calcagni has skilfully led the Besana Group through 50 years of activity. Beyond his own company he has been entrusted with important institutional roles among which are: the Chairmanship of the Advisory Group Fruit & Vegetables at the European Commission (appointment in 2009 and reconfirmed in 2011); the Chairmanship of ‘Confidi Regione Campania’; the Vice Presidency of the I.N.C. (International Nut and Dried Fruit Council), a foundation co-founded in the early 1980’s by Calcagni, which today counts more than 700 associated companies worldwide representing 65% of sector commercial exchanges.
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