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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 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.

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

a) Main cashew producing countries/regions:
  • Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACAS)
  • Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI)
  • Brazilian Association of Cashew Nut Manufacturers (SINDICAJU)
  • African Cashew Alliance (ACA), as special regional member representing without exclusivity: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Gambia.
b) Other qualified players from producing countries: Sri Lanka, Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, China, Laos, Australia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

c) Snack food global companies marketing cashews, such as Kraft, Olam International, Intersnack, etc.

d) In addition, possible collaboration with associations of cashew kernel marketers, roasters, handlers, processors, and importers, such as AFI-USA, CENTA-UK, JNA-Japan, Australia Cashew Association, ANIC-Australia, and NZV-Holland.

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.



As a result of the meeting of the INC Macadamias Steering Committee in Singapore in May 2012, it was agreed that the formation of a Health Research Committee should be initiated.

The committee has the goal of identifying funding priorities, and promoting a macadamia health research program.

In addition, the committee agreed to create a group (Macadamia International Data Collection) to collect statistics in each producing country in its last meeting in Brisbane, September 2012.

The Macadamia International Data Collection

Since its creation in September 2012, the Macadamia International Data Collection group has been collecting and updating statistics from the main producing country on a quarterly basis. This group, formed by country representatives from the main macadamia producing countries, gathers data on crop estimates, stocks and shipments.

The Research Grant

On January 3, 2017, INC launched the Macadamia Health Research Grant on behalf of the macadamia industry with due date for submission February 28, 2017.

The macadamia community called for research projects that could contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of macadamia nuts consumption by comparing the effect of a macadamias enriched diet vs. a control diet on insulin resistance/secretion, lipid profile (total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides), and other emergent cardiovascular risk factors, e.g. inflammation, oxidative stress markers, etc. including the evaluation of the effects of macadamia nut consumption on adiposity. INC is coordinating this Call on behalf of the contributors.
The INC received 16 applications from 5 countries (Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain and USA). The INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination developed an academic prioritization of the projects. The Contributors will make the final decision on the successful Research Provider and Hort Innovation will appoint the successful grant recipient on their behalf.

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