Back in 1972, the Kenya Nut Company was formed in the East African highlands. Known for its focus on the environment and sustainable agricultural practices, the business has caught the eye of international investors for its ability to produce some of the world’s finest macadamia and cashew nuts–two of the most sought after nut treats. In addition, the company produces both roasted and green coffees, as well as tea and macadamia oil.
The Kenya Nut Company grew from a few trained craftsmen to more than 2500 employees today who comprise the company’s most important business operative: the processing of organic, high-quality nuts. In terms of providing jobs, the organization hires many local workers for a variety of roles.
By hiring locally, the company also does its part to keep the country’s economy stable and increase the quality of life throughout the region. By investing in the local area, the Kenya Nut Company has given a new outlook to African businesses across the continent, playing a major part in having international distributors look to Africa as a source of many products for export to North, South and Central America, Europe and Asia.
Responsible Product Processing
One of the key unique features of this organization is its focus on environmental standards. This is the reason the processing technique utilizes macadamia nut shells as the chief source of energy for boiler operations. This energy source produces steam that is then used in the drying process of nuts and also for energy for drying kilns. This is turnkey processing at its best and shows the Kenya Nut Company’s environmental initiatives are in line with company objectives to offer nuts that are flavorful, healthful and nutritious without jeopardizing the environment. The nut shells are also used to enrich the soil and in turn, the trees. Today, Kenya Nut Company produces organic macadamia and cashew nuts that are sold in numerous other countries.
Giving Back to the Community
In addition to its environmental focus, the organization has also demonstrated support for the local community of organic farmers by offering disease screening and treatment centers, along with preventive disease education. The company has also helped train organic farmers in the region and has donated seedlings as well.
Through their “Out of Africa” and “Nutfields” brands of organically produced nuts, the growth of exports of macadamia and cashew nuts has captured the attention of buyers and distributors worldwide who import these products to sell to the public.
The future plans of the Kenya Nut Company’s Out of Africa brand nuts are to expand their customer base and to make their products available more widely in stores and online. They are currently available online through a few channels, including the UK’s King’s Fine Food. Due to its noteworthy efforts to provide organically processed nuts, the Out of Africa brand is set to expand its product line to include other African natural foods.