Case Cashews India Brazil

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Topics: Cashew, Nut
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THE CASHEW CASE INTRODUCTION

Cashews have their origin in the Brazilian jungle. The Tupi Indians ate the cashew apple in the past. Later the Portuguese spread this tree to other tropical countries trying to grow this tree on plantations but the vulnerability of the tree towards insects makes made it impossible.

Cashews are composed of a fruit and a nut. The fruit was exploited earlier because it matures first, is bigger then the nut and processing the nut is more complicated. Later, the nut became more important then the fruit because of higher popularity of the Indian population.

By the introduction of the cashew nut processing industry in India the nut became more popular in India. Almost 50% of the Indian cashew production was for own use, the rest of was for exportation. Anyway India was the strongest export country in cashew nuts world wide until mid of the seventies.

This world leadership in producing cashew nuts is the consequence of being the world largest producer in cashews. The second reason is the high Indian demand in early days. Foreign Cashews would not be competitive due to a higher cost. Finally the workforce in India is used to this kind of work.

Processing (roasting/ steaming, shelling and peeling) operations of the cashew nut is basically manual. Modern techniques permit to process the nut automatically but efficiency is much lower then manual operation.

Due to en excess of processing capacity in India they have been supplied with raw nuts from other countries to cover the processing capacity.

1. ANALYSIS INDIA VS BRAZIL

SWOT INDIA

Strength (Internal) Opportunities (External)
• Very good trained manual workers
• Low wages
• R&D with advanced technology
• Potential in increase of production
• High nut consumption in India
• Experience in producing and processing
• Better taste then the Brazilian nut
• No competitors for the Indian market and high internal demand
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