Global Cashew Council

Supporting Growth and Sustainability



An historic agreement was signed in Budapest, Hungary, May 21, 2011 by the main cashew producers, industry, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) in the name of promoting growth and sustainability of the cashew nut sector.

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.

Global Cashew Council Objectives

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.

Global Cashew Council Participants

Board Members:
  • INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council
  • Intersnack Procurement, Netherlands
  • Intersnack Rajkumar Cashew Company, Singapore
  • Olam International, Singapore
  • Richard Franco Agency, USA
  • The Kraft Heinz Company, USA
  • Treehouse Foods, USA
  • Australian Cashew Association, Australia
  • Chi Commodities Handlers, Canada
  • Samsons Traders, India

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:

Press Releases

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.
Click here to download the Press Release.

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