Female cashew harvesters
June 2022

Paving the way for greater sustainability in the cashew supply chain: ALDI teams up with West African suppliers

The ALDI SOUTH Group is going to launch innovative cashew products in several ALDI markets to shorten the cashew supply chain and support West African cashew growers and processors. ALDI UK is the first market to put in place the African Cashews Special buy with a QR code on-pack to help customers find out more about the journey of the cashew kernel from farm to fork.

The Cashew Journey

Did you know that West Africa is the biggest producer of raw cashew nuts accounting for 60% of the global harvest? In fact, few people understand the long journey that cashews grown in Africa travel in order to arrive in customers’ shopping bag. Only approximately 10% of the African cashews are processed (cracked, shelled and sorted) in that region, while 90% of raw cashew nuts are shipped to mainly Vietnam and India before travelling to Europe or the US to be sold in stores. This long journey can make it difficult to enforce sustainability standards and ensure that human rights are safeguarded because of extensive and complex supply chains. These challenging processes often mean more people involved, less transparency, and with it, limited ability to improve living and working conditions for farmers and workers across the sector.

Smarter partnerships for better products

At ALDI, we are working intensively to improve our cashew buying practices. To overcome certain issues and make global supply chains future proof, we are investigating partnership opportunities with West African-based cashew suppliers and processors to grow capabilities in the region. By sourcing cashew kernels from the area, we support existing processors in Africa with joint business partnerships as well as reaching the ALDI Vision 2030 of “making sustainability affordable for our customers” through:

  • Reduced supply chain complexity
  • Increased supply chain transparency
  • Improved livelihoods in major growing regions

Protecting our farmers

Sourcing straight from growers in West Africa directly supports  the livelihoods of farmers, factory workers and their families by ensuring fairer pay, gender equality and long-term community development. By also processing close to the growing sites, cashews are not only fresher and less travelled, but farmers and factory workers also know each other, creating a network of sustainable business relationships. In this way, value is reinvested into the community and supports the financial independence of the pre-dominantly female workforce on the farms and in factories. The fully traceable and hand-picked cashews from this project are embedded with the identity, trust and care of the farmers, factory workers and communities from which they come.

ALDI UK Special Buy African Cashews

The Pioneering Product

Similar special products will go on the shelves in many other ALDI markets this year.


ALDI UK is the first supermarket to launch the African Cashews Special buy with a QR code on-pack to help customers find out more about the journey of the cashew kernel from farm to fork.

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Human Rights

Transparency in supply chains
Transparency in supply chains
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Partner for change
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CR into buying

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Sourcing sustainably
Sourcing sustainably

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Emissions in our supply chain

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