The signatories included the Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS), the Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI), the Brazilian Association of Cashew Nut Manufacturers (SINDICAJU), the Australian Cashew Association, the African Cashew Alliance, and representatives of global companies such as Kraft Foods Inc., Olam International, Intersnack Group, Rajkumar, and Richard Franco Agency.
The agreement is aimed at promoting usage and consumption of cashews, initiating nutritional and health studies, promoting food safety, developing quality standards, and increasing awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of cashews.
To evaluate world-wide trends in production and consumption of cashews and to promote growth with a good balance between supply and demand.
To study and promote the usage and consumption of cashews using appropriate platforms throughout the world.
To research the nutritional profile of cashews, to determine appropriate health platforms and possible health-claims and to validate these benefits with scientific research including clinical trials.
To launch a program of activities to disseminate and publicize health messages related to cashews around the world.
To evaluate and suggest basic industry-standards for compliance with food safety regulations and issues internationally and to work with regulatory bodies worldwide on food-safety issues related to cashews.
To work actively with the U.S. Association of Food Industries, to adopt the AFI cashew standards as global standards, with adaptations for different origins and destinations if necessary.
To evaluate possible synergies in the cashew value-chain and create added value to benefit producers, processors, traders, the food industry and the final consumer.
To liaison with international institutions such as the FAO, WTO, WHO, EU, CFC, etc. and also other governmental and non-governmental bodies to gather necessary support for the above activities.
Under this agreement, a Board was established to oversee the activities of the Council, set the strategic plan of actions and define the budget.
Technical Information Kit
In 2015, the Global Cashew Council created the first-ever Technical Information Kit for Cashews.
Designed to provide a basic understanding of using cashews (charachteristics, applications, safety and quality standards), the Kit targets buyers, processors, manufacturers and the food service industry.
Click the links below to download the brochure in different languages:
On June 16, 2017, the INC had a meeting with the Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to exchange views on the development of the cashew industry and the cooperation between VINACAS and INC/GCC in particular.
to download the Press Release.