Cashew Industry News

The latest news from the African cashew industry.

2 Oct, 2012

From 17-20 September, cashew stakeholders from around the world gathered in Cotonou, Benin from to attend the 7th ACA Annual Conference. The event was the world’s biggest cashew event to date, with more than 500 registered participants from 36 countries. Keynote speakers, sector-specific workshops, and hundreds of Business2Business meeting provided both first-time attendees and experienced...

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6 Aug, 2012

On 31 July 2012, at a Press and Stakeholder Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, the national cashew associations of Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique set up a cooperation framework that will promote cashew business in the region. The Chair of the Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPAK), Muhara Johnson, Cashewnut Processor Association of Tanzania Chairman Idrisa Kilangi, ACA MD Christian Dahm and...

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6 Aug, 2012

During an ACA visit to Kenya last week, ACA President Idrisa Kilangi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chairman of the Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NUTPAK), Muhara Johnson, in the presence of Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Trade. This partnership will promote the development of a sustainable cashew industry in Kenya, by facilitating a platform for...

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19 Jun, 2012

Red River Foods, one of the largest cashew kernel buyers in the world, has joined the Advisory Board of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA).  "We recognize the growing importance and future potential of Africa in the global cashew industry.  ACA has provided an excellent gateway for Red River Foods to establish business operations in Africa.  We are excited to continue working...

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30 May, 2012

On May 25, Tolaro Global, a cashew processing factory located in Parakou, Benin, became the first processor to be awarded the ACA Quality and Sustainability Seal.

The ACA Quality and Sustainability Seal is an industry-supported mark signaling compliance with international food safety, quality, and labor standards.  During the past five months, Tolaro Global has been implementing the...

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15 May, 2012

On Friday May 11, ACA Managing Director Christian Dahm, USAID West Africa Acting Director Lisa Franchett, and the President of BOAD (Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement, or the West African Development Bank) Christian Adovelande signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Lome, Togo to improve access to finance for investments in cashew processing. The agreement will make available CFA 7...

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23 Apr, 2012

Online registration is now open for The Future is Now! The 7th ACA Annual Conference will be held in Cotonou, Benin from 17-20, September 2012. Register before June 15 to receive discounted early bird rates!

The ACA Conference has become the world's largest annual cashew event. This year, over 400 international cashew industry stakeholders...

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9 Apr, 2012

A breakthrough in access to finance was announced on March 1st by the African Cashew Alliance (ACA), the USAID West Africa Trade Hub, and African Investors Management Services Ltd (AIMS). A Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) and Ecobank will facilitate access to US$2 million in financing for three Nigerian processing firms, which will lead to dramatic...

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9 Apr, 2012

On Thursday 23 February, Olam International inaugurated its new cashew processing plant in Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire. This fully mechanized plant has a processing capacity of 30,000MT, which makes it one of the largest single cashew processing units in the world. The factory will employ 2,400 people when running at full capacity, of whom 60% will be women. The company invested US$ 30 Million in...

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2 Feb, 2012

ACA was proud to support Nigeria's National Cashew Summit, held on 1-2 December 2011. This event, organized by Nigeria's Raw Materials Research and Development Council, focused on strategies to promote the sustainable development of Nigeria's cashew industry - namely an increase in both production and processing. The 200 participants learned about good agricultural practices, trends on the...

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