The importance of high oleic (HO) oil groundnuts was highlighted at the High Oleic Congress 2019, an event dedicated to the fast-growing high oleic oil market, providing participants an opportunity to network with other key players in the high oleic oils industry.
Dr Janila Pasupuleti, Principal Scientist – Groundnut Breeding, ICRISAT, shared the story of the development and release of high oleic groundnut varieties at ICRISAT to meet the emerging market demand from food processing industries for enhanced shelf-life besides consumer health benefits of diets rich in oleic acid content.
With a rising awareness about the high oleic groundnut varieties bred by ICRISAT, the HO group discussed the possibility of high oleic groundnut oil joining the HO oil market in Asia. The participants agreed that high oleic groundnuts had good potential for local food industries, since future supply-demand dynamics would be focused on sustainability and nutrition.
The HOC 2019 was a clear signal towards the need to develop products (groundnut varieties) that cater to an emerging (HO) market, which in turn can drive value chains and improve livelihoods of groundnut producers.
The High Oleic Congress 2019 was held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4–5 September 2019.