Kenyan dairy processor Brookside partners with SunCulture, installs solar water pumps to boost milk production

KENYA – Eastern Africa’s largest dairy processing company, Brookside Dairy Limited, has partnered with SunCulture, an off-grid solar technology firm, to provide dairy farmers in Kenya with solar-powered irrigation systems, in a bid to boost milk production. The targeted beneficiaries of the project are farmers contracted by the processor, who will use the solar powered systems to water their fodder crops using sprinkler irrigation and provide the livestock with reliable drinking water. This will ensure the utilisation of existing water sources at the farms, with the assurance of year-round availability…

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COVID-19 Update: Food industry companies continue offering support to vulnerable communities

AFRICA – Food Industry companies across the region are continuing with their support to governments, communities and local economies to fight the spread of the Corona Virus and mitigate its effects. In Ghana, Consumer goods giant, Unilever has donated some of its products i.e. Lipton Tea, Key Soap, Sunlight, Pepsodent and Vim to institutions and organizations aimed to promote proper hygiene and nutrition. According to reports by Ghanaiantimes, the beneficiary institutions include the Zebilla District Hospital, The Ghana Immigration Service, The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, The 1st Infantry Battalion,…

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Brookside Dairy increases producer milk prices to cushion farmers against COVID-19

KENYA – The leading dairy processing company in East Africa, Brookside Dairy Limited has announced it would pay an additional shilling for every kilo of raw milk supplied to it from Wednesday, 1 April to cushion dairy farmers against the economic effects of coronavirus. The increase will see the processor pay up to Sh36 per kilo, a relief  to farmers at a time businesses are re-evaluating strategy to survive the impact of  coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted the lives of millions of people and killed thousands of worldwide. “As the…

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The dairy industry in Kenya: production capabilities, investments, innovations and trends

KENYA – The dairy industry in Kenya remains one of the most critical sectors of the economy. With rising innovations, investments and sophistication of the sector, the last few years has seen the emergence of new threats even as there is growing interest by local and international investors in the sector. We review some of the latest trends in the sector since we ran a similar report in this magazine in 2013. The dairy industry in Kenya is one of the most lucrative agricultural and manufacturing activities, with great potential…

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Brookside Dairy to shut down its Coast region milk cooling center

KENYA – The leading dairy processing company in East Africa, Brookside Dairy Limited announced it would be shutting down its Taita Taveta regional factory, Wumingu Cooling Plant, effective March 1st 2020. The Central-Kenya headquartered company cited losses as the reason for closing down the factory that has in the past decade offered jobs and livelihood to hundreds of locals in the area. The factory having a capacity of processing 10,000 litres of milk on a daily basis was established in 2009. Many locals in the region embraced dairy farming as…

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Brookside raises producer price of milk seeking to consolidate leadership in the Kenya’s dairy market

KENYA – Dairy farmers have received a major boost after leading processor Brookside increased producer prices of milk by Sh7 per kilo. The new rates, effective mid-January, will see the firm’s raw milk suppliers earn up to Sh35 for every kilo of raw milk supplied, as the firm seeks to consolidate its 40 per cent leadership in the country’s milk market. “The new prices are an incentive to our farmers to invest in climate smart dairy practices, such as establishment of fodder crops and pasture grasses during what appears to…

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Brookside Dairy seeking Coordinator, maintenance, boiler and laboratory technicians

UGANDA – The leading dairy processing company in East Africa, Brookside Dairy Limited is seeking to hire a Products Quality Improvement Coordinator, maintenance, boiler and laboratory technicians. Products Quality Improvement Coordinator He/She will be reporting to the Quality Assurance manager with responsibilities to monitor and manage adherence to food safety and compliance to regulatory requirement. The position requires the job holder to support the food safety of the company by implementing and managing programmes that consistently assure compliance with all regulatory requirements. Academic requirements; Minimum Diploma in Food and Dairy…

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Brookside Dairy seeking general, technical, logistics and production managers

UGANDA – The leading dairy processing company in East Africa, Brookside Dairy Limited is seeking to hire a General Manager – Technical, production, logistics and managers and managers-payables. Reporting to Director Manufacturing, the General Manager- Technician will provide overall management and co-ordination of the technical department. He/She will be responsible for ensuring that cost effective technical services are provided across other departments and monitor the overall performance of machines while coordinating project activities. Higher-level studies in management in addition to undergraduate degree (Mechanical or Electrical Engineering) with over 10 years…

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Kenya’s dairy giant Brookside partners Co-operative Bank in a training programme

KENYA – Brookside Dairy, a leading dairy producer in Kenya, has partnered a Co-operative Bank’s capacity-building arm, the Co-op Consultancy and Insurance Agency in rolling out a training programme that seeks to enhance cooperate governance across the dairy sector. Business Daily reports that the training programme targets official from more than 300 dairy co-operatives across the country. The officials will receive training on topics such as performance measurement and internal controls to ensure that co-operatives are better managed. According to John Gethi, director of milk procurement and manufacturing at Brookside…

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Kenya mulls quality based milk payment system to boost the sector

KENYA – Kenya is set to adopt new regulations that will see dairy farmers receive payment based on the milk quality as opposed to the payment based in weight, reports Business Daily. The quality based pricing model is set to be adopted in March that will be influenced by the amount of butterfat in a kilogramme or raw-milk which should also be free from antibiotics and added water. Livestock Principal Secretary, Harry Kimutai said a regulatory framework in the dairy industry is also being addressed through the draft Dairy Regulations…

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