Global demand for cashews is increasing by 9% annually, and Tanzania is currently the eighth-largest producer in the world. While the country produces about 158,000 metric tons of cashews annually, value addition and processing of raw cashews are lagging, with over 80% of all in-shell cashews transported to Asia for further cracking and sorting.
Established in 2002 and located in Dar es Salaam, Mo Cashews is MeTL Group’s cashew processing plant. Currently, it helps offset the country’s raw cashew export by processing over 10 metric tons of raw cashews per day (3,650 metric tons per annum). Mo Cashews offers an assorted variety of cashew nuts, from raw to roasted, in various sizes and grades.
As the only cashew processing plant in the commercial capital of Tanzania and one of the largest cashew processing facilities in the country, its raw materials are in high demand. MeTL operates 1580 hectares of cashew farm, maintaining good long-term relationships with local farmers to fulfil factory demands.
Mo Cashew’s newly modernised and mechanised plant will allow it to increase its cashew nut processing operations, offering farmers a purchasing guarantee for raw cashew nuts and reliable transport, logistics, and storage facilities. Processing cashews within the country is both better for the environment and economy, contributing to local employment opportunities. The company currently employs more than 450 people and supports more than 1000 farmers.