Almonds are still the No. 1 nut in new products worldwide, and also the first choice among consumers as a food ingredient. In fact, according to a Global Perceptions Study conducted by Sterling-Rice Group in 2011, 45 percent of consumers worldwide report eating almonds several times a month or more, an increase of 36 percent from 2009 to 2011.

As in the past, Europe introduces more almond products than any other region, accounting for 44 percentof new products globally, and bakery products are tops (49 percent) for almond product introductions in Europe.