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With an eye to meeting latent demand after the current, pandemic-induced trade restrictions are lifted, the USAID TradeHub is helping a Mozambique-based cashew processor access the resources it needs to expand its reach in the U.S. market. With 31 employees, the cashew processor, based in an industrial park outside Maputo, faces difficult decisions as it works to comply with government restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For most companies, this would mean reducing production and, in some cases, closing the processing plant and sending staff home. Sunshine Nut, on the other hand, remains operational, following government guidelines for reducing staff and keeping them at a safe working distance from one another. Despite a halt in payments from distributors, the firm is vying to gain market share by continuing to accept orders from U.S., European, Asian, and African buyers. In the meantime, the firm is set to participate in an upcoming USAID TradeHub-supported webinar hosted by U.S.-based trade promotion service provider Red Oak, which will expose Sunshine Nut to practical strategies for growing their Stateside buyer base. This follows earlier USAID TradeHub support to the Maputo-based company, which included facilitating its participation at Gulfood, “the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition.”


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