Sweet Bénin

Supporting Beninese small food processors in product innovation and marketing

We support Sweet Bénin, a group of Beninese SMEs on their mission to valorize the forgotten treasure of cashew: the cashew apple. We do this by market activation to promote cashew apple juice, by piloting bottle recycling to improve the business case of the producers and by discovering new by-products to valorize cashew apples.

Partners

Technoserve
Sweet Benin

Expertise

Marketing and Distribution
Inclusive Innovation
Circular Economy

Sectors

Nutrition and Agriculture

Markets

Benin

Timeline

2020 to 2021

From waste to value

Cashew nuts are the second-most valuable export product from Benin. The crop has even more to offer: an often forgotten part of it is the cashew apple. Tons of this nutritious, vibrant fruit are being discarded as waste every year during harvest due to misbeliefs and taboos around the apple. Cashew apple is actually a highly nutritious juicy fruit with high magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin C content, with a great potential to be valorized in different forms.

Together with a group of Beninese processors, Sweet Benin, Bopinc is exploring the possibility of valorising cashew apple products such as juice, dried apples, syrup and bio compost. After successful prototyping and testing, Sweet Bénin is planning to launch sales of cashew apple syrup and is exploring opportunities to offer compost of otherwise wasted apples to cashew farmers, closing the loop.

Impact

Bringing circularity to the cashew value chain

10 Entrepreneurs supported

To develop circular products and business models

4 Products prototyped

And two will be launched commercially

14 People to be trained

In entrepreneurship skills

Inspiring circularity

Besides new product development, we are piloting innovations to improve recycling of juice bottles. By finding the right incentives for recycling, we aim to improve the business case of cashew apple processors and to reduce waste in the chain.

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Valeria Varga
Lynda Allaby
Timeline

Project milestones

Discover

Insights study to identify & prototype 4 new potential by-products

Jan - May 2020

Define

Facilitate linkages with new clients, co-design marketing and recycling pilot, build business case for new products

Jun - Aug 2020

Develop

Product selection and roll-out support for new entrepreneurs

Sep 2020 - Mar 2021

Deliver

New clients engaged, new products launched

Apr - May 2021

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