Opportunities on the European market for cashew nuts

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           Consumer demand for vegan, gluten-free and natural food offers opportunities for exporters from developing countries.
        Food safety certification supported by frequent laboratory tests, together with adherence to corporate social responsibility standards can also be a great advantage to European markets suppliers.

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Cashew nuts Consumption in EU

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  • In terms of value, apparent consumption of edible nuts is increasing by an average annual rate of 9%, but in the last three years this increase was even larger.

  • The largest European consumer of cashew nuts in Europe is Germany which had a total consumption of more than 23,000 tonnes and estimated consumption of 1.13 kg of cashew nuts per capita in 2014. However, the Netherlands is the largest European consumer of cashew nuts per capita at 1.55 kg. Other major consuming countries are the United Kingdom (with a total consumption of 16,000 tonnes), France (10,000 tonnes) and Italy (7,000 tonnes).

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Increasing imports cashew nuts from developing countries

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  • In the long term, the European market for cashew nuts is expected to grow steadily. This growth is likely to be driven by changes in consumption patterns of European consumers including rising demand for vegetable sources of protein to replace meat.

  • Regular fluctuations in imports will continue to be influenced by the harvested crops rather than changes in demand.

  • European imports of cashew nuts into Europe increased annually by the average rate of 14% in values and 11% in volume in the last five years (2011–2015).

  • Many of the importing countries starting to import cashew nuts directly rather than through intermediaries. Imports from developing countries are growing more rapidly than from other European countries.

  • In 2015, the value of import of cashew nuts reached €1.17 billion and 172 thousand tonnes

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