NAIROBI: BUHLER Group, a global leader in food processing and optical sorting solutions, has invested in a purpose-built customer service facility in Nairobi.
It has thus reinforced its dedicated portfolio of customer-focused optical sorting technologies for the coffee industry.
Bühler Group said it was acting in direct response to increasingly challenging operating conditions faced by coffee processors in the continent.
In a statement, Buhler Group said with the price for coffee falling globally, there is greater pressure on coffee processors to extract an improved yield from the incoming coffee beans.
Many are turning to additional hand picking, in order to achieve the quality necessary to meet export standards, or investing in alternative low-cost solutions.
However such measures cannot consistently meet the ever stringent demands of the industry.
“In today’s margin-squeezed coffee sector, time is money and hand picking represents a further limitation to productivity,” said Bühler Global Product Manager, Jose Rubens.
Additionally, Bühler has established a new regional Centre of Excellence in Kenya.
This state-of-the-art facility, together with an expanding hub, located in Togo, West Africa, brings Buhler’s 150 years of expertise and coffee sorting know-how to the key African coffee producing regions.
Providing training, as well as sales and service support to its customers in the region, the 1800 square metre centre will also allow coffee producers the opportunity to witness first-hand sorting demonstrations of their green coffee samples.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY