Believe it or not, cashew shells are an important part of our business. The circular journey of the cashew shells starts at our factory. To power the steaming and drying portions of the cashew shelling process, we use them for a large portion of the fuel mix for our furnace. We then distribute the resulting ash to farmers to use as a fertilizer for cashew trees and rosella bushes.
We also pass our excess cashew shells on to other small businesses, such as commercial laundries, which use the shells to heat their boilers. While the shells may seem like a simple byproduct with little value compared to the cashews themselves, they’re actually integral to our operations and need to be managed with care.