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Food & Beverage

Vietnam is the undisputed king of global cashew nut producers

Government cultivation push continues to pay dividends some four decades later

Cashew nuts are often sold in the shell in Vietnam.

TOKYO -- Vietnam's top two exports in 2018 in terms of value were smartphones, including mobile phones, which made up 20% of total exports, and apparel, accounting for 13%. Compared to these two cash cows, its cashew nut exports were small in value, belying the Southeast Asian country's position as the world's top producer of the commodity for the past 17 years.

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