Walnut Attraction will be held on the opening day of Fruit Attraction, on Tuesday 23 October from 10:15 am to 12:45 pm, in the Fruit Forum in Hall 10 at the fair, and will look at the main characteristics of walnut production, a crop that has increased in Spain in recent years.
The day will feature two main presentations, one on “The walnut sector in Spain and Europe” and the other on “Sustainable and Responsible Quality”, along with a seminar. The “Marca Nueces de España” (Spanish Walnuts) brand will also be presented.
According to the the Survey on Crop Areas and Yields of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the area set over to walnuts in Spain in 2017 was 13,565 hectares. Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, and Andalusia are the Autonomous Communities with the largest area, according to MAPA data, with 3,611 hectares in the case of Castilla-La Mancha, 1,578 hectares in Catalonia and 1,438 hectares in Andalusia. They are followed by Castilla y León, with 1,419 hectares, Comunidad Valenciana with 1,081 hectares and Extremadura, with 1,052 hectares. Among the varieties of walnut tree, one of the fastest-growing has been the pecan nut tree in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, the consumption of which has also grown.
Walnut Attraction forms part of the technical seminar days to be held as part of Fruit Attraction, which this year celebrates its tenth edition with excellent prospects for participation, a foreseeable 16% more exhibitors and surface area, exceeding 1,600 exhibitors and 45,000 square metres, as well as 70,000 professional participants from 120 countries.