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Shea nut trees grow 15 to 20 m high. They grow widely and naturally in West Africa (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Benin, and Togo) in the semi-arid Sahel. They only begin to bear fruit after about 20 years and do not reach maturity for 45 years. They may continue to produce nuts for up to 200 years after reaching maturity.

Inside the fruit is the nut that wraps a hard almond as well as a softer white almond. This one contains the fatty material (butter). 15 to 20 kg of fruit yields 3 to 4 kg of dry almonds, which eventually yields 1,5 kg to 2 kg of butter.

Shea nut derived products have been used for years in Africa, as raw materials for many different applications, such as margarine, cosmetics, soap, detergents, candles, and so on.

African women and sheabutter
African women and sheabutter
African women and sheabutter
African women and sheabutter

In North America and Europe shea butter has found its primary market niche as a substitute for cocoa butter in the chocolate and confectionery industry (Cocoa Butter Equivalent).

Sophim has formed a long-term partnership with African associations and African villages, in order to establish a continuous and quality-orientated supply of shea butter from local producers. This partnership is based on a FAIR TRADE agreement in order to help African women, who work in this activity. For European customers it is a guarantee of security of supply and stability of prices.

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