'We believe the cashew sector can provide a bright future for everyone involved in the supply chain'


We contribute to improving the cashew sector, so farmers can get better yield and income, employee’s better opportunities and consumers a better quality. We are building a fully transparent supply chain to ensure a safe place to work, to contribute to a decent income for workers and farmers and to prevent child labour.
From harvest to processing, it takes about 5000 man-hours to fill one container of cashews. Unfortunately, some steps in the process don’t yet take place under the safest circumstances. Intersnack improved this by introducing single roof processing.
Single roof processing
Our entire production process takes place in our own factories, from the moment we buy the raw cashews until their arrival in Europe. This way we avoid subcontracting and thus prevent bad and unhygienic working conditions and child labour. Our goal is to raise the bar in the sector and achieve full transparency. This is a complex task and we are committed to getting it done.
Getting to know the farmers
We are linking more and more of the thousands of smallholder farmers in our supply chain to our company. This enables us to collaborate on agricultural practices. It helps farmers increase their yield and volumes, resulting in more income to support their families. This way we secure good practices and social compliance. 25 percent of our volume already comes directly from farmer cooperatives, and we are fully committed to extending this to cover our total volume.
A good example is our project in Cambodia. We shorten our supply chain by direct sourcing of raw cashew nuts. It reduces CO2 emissions, it also directly supports 2000 farmers and their families in improving their income and livelihoods. We work together on this project with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is funded through the develoPPP program.

Improving through (sector) initiatives

We aim for cashews to provide a bright future and sustainable income for everyone involved: from (smallholder) farmer to factory worker to consumer. We have been involved in various social projects and initiatives for many years already. We actively participate in sector initiatives like ComCashew, ETN (Ethical Trade Norway), Sustainable Nut Initiative and the African Cashew Alliance. These projects intend to improve productivity, yield and quality at farmer and cooperative levels.
We know we still need to do better and that this will take time, dedication, and commitment. We hope you will support and follow us on our journey.

The journey in a nutshell

The journey of our honest cashews starts in Asia and Africa where the cashew trees grow...

Learn more about local community initiatives

We want to contribute to the working and living conditions of local communities in India and Vietnam. Therefore, we also invest in social projects that go beyond our factories.
field tree plantation in India

Tree plantation in India

As a part of the Honest Cashew Initiative and the green belt movements, we have started tree plantation in 66 villages near our factory in India. 40 of these villages contain workers coming to our factory at Tuticorin. To establish a connection with all the villages and the workers, we will provide cashew trees and other plants. Our goal is to contribute to the healthiness of the soil in the villages and in time, the cashew plants will be in the long term an additional source of income for the inhabitants.

Clean drinking water

Not all villages have access to clean drinking water. In Eluru, for example, families had to rely on unsafe ground water or expensive bottled water. As many of our employees live in Eluru, we have built a reverse osmosis plant there. Now 500 families of Eluru have access to purified drinking water, without having to walk to another village. Each family can use their token with a sensor, to collect 25 liters of fresh drinking water per day. This way the available water is distributed equally among all families.

Improve road safety

After their evening shifts, some of our employees had to travel by a busy but dark road. That was rather unsafe. To improve safety for all traffic, we have installed 42 streetlights next to the road which connects several villages. Now people can travel safely at night and in the early morning.