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The Nugold tomato paste processing plant in Ghana (Tema) marks CCA's first significant investment in manufacturing in the food industry and will commence production in December 2020.

The project was a natural step for the company combining, as it did, its extensive commercial sales and marketing experience of tomato paste in the region; a production team already experienced in the products manufactured in Ghana and a vibrant demand for our brands in the market.

The new facility will represent a considerable boost to the local community with up to 80 local jobs being created and with the long-term intention of sourcing the raw tomatoes from local farmers. The business aims to be a valued contributor to the government's import replacement policy. Once up to full capacity the plant will be replacing $20m of imports with locally produced products of which up to half will potentially be exported to the ECOWAS region as a whole. With significant duty benefits all over ECOWAS, our ability to offer finance packages to the client base as well as the sales and marketing strength of our group; the company will be well placed to take a leading role in these markets.

Nugold has already been granted 1D1F status in Tema, and we look forward to rewarding this faith in our company with the establishment of a productive and long-term positive contributor to the Ghanaian economy.

Consumers will be familiar with our range of brands which already have a successful sales history in the region for some considerable time. The Tasty range is widely known amongst Ghanaian households and is well placed to leap again to its preeminent status as the brand of choice.                  

The local management team will be a part of a verified quality production unit with their own laboratory for chemical analysis on-site are already have registration with FSBC 2000 and will be accredited to ISO 2020 soon. Consistent, high-quality production is not an aspiration for Nugold; in fact, we regard it as a prerequisite for the success of a business focussed on such a quality sensitive market. To this end, whether it be in the purchasing of the raw materials, the selection of the packaging or the production system itself, our philosophy will be to conduct our operations in such a way as to be second to none.

Nugold is a responsive and responsible producer. We are focussed on providing a service that answers our customers' requirements in every respect. We can offer a range of brands, packaging, delivery options and financial solutions. We are receptive to new ideas and innovations and are keen to adapt our offer in any practical way possible to increase our customers' satisfaction.


Shuthuka Nut Processors (Pty) Ltd is our flagship macadamia nut processing facility that is suitably located on the macadamia nut farm Emboni in Doringkop KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.

CCA exports macadamia nut in shell (NIS) in 40kg net weight bags and all eight styles of kernels in vacuum-packed foil bags weighing 11,34kg nett under our brand "The Nut Collection." The factory is currently undergoing extensive upgrades with the addition of its first semi-automated macadamia nut kernel processing line that will be HACCP and FDA accredited by December 2020.

Currently, as little as 1% of the global demand is being met with the need for macadamia kernels at an all-time high, making it the most expensive nut in the world.

South Africa surpassed Australia as the leading global supplier of macadamia NIS and kernels back in 2018 and remains the world's largest producer to this day. The quality of kernels produced in KwaZulu-Natal is of the best in the world with exceptional crack out yields making our nuts highly sought after globally.

Macadamia nuts are grown on trees and are arguably the fastest growing tree crop industry in South Africa with production increasing more than 20-fold in the last 20 years, from 1 211 tons of nut in shell (NIS) in 1991 to 59 050 tons in 2019. Compared to 2018 production, the industry's production grew with an additional 2 550 tons in 2019.  The total value of the annual output has increased from R32million in 1996 to approximately R4.8 Billion in 2019. In 2019, the industry planted 5 887 new hectares macadamias.  KwaZulu-Natal remained for a second year the Province that established the most hectares, followed by Mpumalanga and then Limpopo.

Industry facts are available from the South African Macadamia industry body SAMAC with whom our factory Shuthuka Nut Processors (Pty) Ltd is a member. SAMAC has implemented an export standard on all in-shell macadamia nuts and kernels. This means that the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) need to inspect every consignment of macadamia nut that is due for export as in-shell to ensure it conforms to the minimum standard.

As the world's largest producer, these most stringent standards have been implemented to uphold the highest quality standards ensuring confidence for our global customers.


CCA's partner in Kenya, Privamnuts Kenya Limited, was incorporated in 2011 to primarily engage in agri-food processing and more importantly, for the opportunity that existed in the Kenyan macadamia nut market. When it started, the company had its principal offices and processing plant in the industrial area of Thika municipality, about 30km from Kenya, Nairobi.

In 2015, the company constructed a new state-of-the-art processing facility in the town of Embu, about 130km from Nairobi and began operations in February 2016. In the same year, the company changed its name to Privamnuts Epz (Kenya) Ltd and was issued with an operating license to operate as an EPZ company. Privamnuts Epz (Kenya) Ltd currently has a processing capacity of 7 000 tons of nuts in-shell per year, and with the planned expansion this will soon be doubled.

Our macadamia nuts are naturally grown in the mineral-rich highland soils of Mt. Kenya, right through the Equator. Our source is from 80 000 plus small scale farmers around Mt. Kenya. These farmers allow their trees to grow naturally with very little intervention. They use available resources like animal manure. Spraying is non-existent. We operate a robust and ethical fair-trade policy with all our farmers, and thus we have an extensive raw material sourcing network in the country. This ensures that we talk to as many farmers as possible on best practices on growing and storing macadamia nuts. We have developed a cordial relationship with our farmers which ensure a long-lasting relationship. We have established more than 50 buying centres in the country which are managed by field supervisors, and numerous collection centres.

The company maintains more than 100,000 macadamia seedlings in its nursery and promotes best practice and innovation in growing and handling.

Privamnuts supplies macadamia kernels to the world's largest food manufacturers, as well as the snack, bakery, ingredient, retail and confectionary industry sectors.

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