There are 4 parameters we look for when sourcing ingredients:
Quality - taste, texture, freshness.
Supplier - reputability, labour practices, duration of business experience, organic practices & certifications.
Price - we try and find competitive prices; this is always important!
Location - as close to home as possible.
Fatima Imports & Exports Ltd. work with Indian cashew nut supplier Zantye Cashew Nuts, a responsible grower and employer based in the beautiful region of Goa.
Goa is the only place in the world where every nut is handpicked from the cashew fruit. Harvesting takes place only when the fruit has fully ripened and naturally fallen to the ground, thus enhancing the taste of the nuts. This contrasts with harvesting practices in other Indian states, where the fruit is often picked prematurely and sun-drying is required to obtain the nut.
The grass on the cashew farms, which is grown naturally during the rainy season, is often used for cattle grazing. Milk dairies are often set within cashew farms and the composed cattle dung is used as an organic manure for the cashew trees.
Zantye Cashew Nuts have been exporting 100% organic cashew nuts since 1928 and have set up 4 processing units across Goa and Maharashtra. They are currently leading the cashew processing industry in Goa, selling quality Goan cashew across India through numerous outlets and e-commerce. Due to their ethical practices, Zantye have successfully undergone audit for SEDEX certification. Over 250 farmers in the region are paid a premium for the raw & handpicked cashews, as price rates are controlled and regulated by the state government. Furthermore, Zantye Cashew Nuts’ processing units have generated around 300 employment opportunities in the town of Bicholim, Goa. Around 90% of their employees are women.
Factory employees at Zantye work on a daily contract or permanent basis. They are paid in the range of £8 per day, which is well above the minimum wage as per standard of living in the Bicholim area.
The employees are also entitled to additional benefits, such as festival bonuses and flexible working hours. Employees working on the processing plants are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment to protect against injury and minimise occupational hazards.