Fresh Plaza Article
"The Amazon walnut is a wild product. Here, in the Amazon shared by Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, nobody has walnut plantations because it is a product that is not cultivated, only harvested. That is precisely what makes it more subject to price fluctuations. For example, last year it was sold at US$12 per kilo, and this year at US$7.50," explains Byron. "We have been working with this product since 2016, and in 2020 we opened our own processing plant, for which we have made an investment of approximately US$11 million. Currently ours is the only plant in Peru with a BRC certification, with AA grade. We have also acquired a Tomra grading machine, which is helping us a lot in our processes, and we have opened a temperature-controlled warehouse for the finished product," says Byron Machuca. "Our facilities are located in the heart of the jungle; in fact, the White Lion Foods plant is the furthest from the main city in this region of the Amazon, which is an advantage for our raw material." White Lion markets the Amazonian nut worldwide. "We ship quite a few volumes to North Africa, South Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. We also ship quite a lot to Russia, although due to the war it is no longer marketed so easily in that country. As a result, prices have gone down," says Byron. "This is a very strong industry that directly and indirectly helps some 250,000 people in the Peruvian Amazon, and it is also sustainable: the Amazon nut is only harvested, so there is no need to cut down any trees in our valuable rainforest."