CÔTE D’IVOIRE – The Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association (PTNPA) recently concluded a trade visit to Côte d’Ivoire, focusing on crucial discussions surrounding food safety within the cashew processing industry.

The trip, orchestrated to exchange knowledge with the emerging Ivorian cashew sector, not only provided invaluable insights but also fostered strengthened relationships within the global nut community.

Led by PTNPA’s CEO Jeannie Shaughnessy, the delegation engaged in fruitful discussions with influential governmental officials and business leaders, including Prime Minister Robert Beugré Mambé and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani.

The visit encompassed tours of cashew processing facilities and insightful meetings aimed at enhancing mutual understanding and collaboration.

Amidst the multi-day event, briefings attended by numerous members of the press and public were conducted, centering on the paramount importance of food safety systems and adherence to regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

PTNPA emphasized the significance of maintaining rigorous food safety standards to build consumer trust and facilitate business growth, particularly in U.S. markets.

Jeannie Shaughnessy expressed admiration for the progress made by the Côte d’Ivoire cashew processing industry in aligning with stringent food safety protocols. She highlighted the rapid implementation of robust programs aimed at increasing exports to the U.S. market while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

With Côte d’Ivoire being a leading producer of cashew nuts, boasting an estimated production of 1,225,935 tons in 2023, the sector aims to further expand production with government support. The visit underscored the passion and dedication of those working within the cashew industry in Côte d’Ivoire, leaving a lasting impression on the PTNPA delegation.

As PTNPA celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2024, the organization remains committed to proactively advancing the nut industry through professional networking, advocacy, and education.

Joel Perkins, PTNPA Chair, emphasized the importance of expanding global relationships within the industry to benefit all members, fostering a deeper understanding of opportunities and challenges worldwide.

“The Côte d’Ivoire experience provided an opportunity for PTNPA to connect with an emerging nut industry, share best practices, and gain insight into new market opportunities,” he said.

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