Why should processors become ACA Seal approved?
Implementation of ACA Seal procedures (a proven set of practical turn-key programs) is projected to result in significant cost savings for processors. Assuming a company processes 2,000MT of cashew nuts per year, the ACA Seal can result in more than US$0.042 in cost savings per pound of kernel produced. Even after implementation fees, it is projected that the Seal program will generate a net additional profit of more than US$0.03 per pound.
These cost savings can be broken down into:
- avoidance of charge-backs due to product damages, cost of treating infestation etc
- added value, e.g. by optimizing kernel moisture levels
- general program benefits through improved and efficient quality management procedures
Should a buyer decide to reward ACA Seal approved factories with a price premium, this would come on top of the benefits outlined above. Even if a price premium does not materialize, the ACA Seal could help processors to avoid price discounting due to quality concerns.
The ACA Seal signals high quality cashew to the entire industry, enabling processors to enter new markets and enjoy established customer loyalty.
As processing continues to rapidly grow in Africa, the Seal will play a key role in the relationship between African processors and international buyers. The benefits of being one of the first processors to achieve this level of international industry recognition are hard to quantify but because of the widespread support ACA has been able to mobilize for the Seal program today, now is the best time to get started!
Please contact ACA, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how your factory can begin the Seal process!