When LIMBUA was founded, one thing was immediately clear: we are totally committed to organic quality and make no compromises. But how do you keep track of the 7,000 or so smallholders we work with in Kenya?
Modern IT and a pioneering spirit make it possible. We developed the BIOFANS software especially for our needs: With its help, we can completely trace all organic macadamia and organic avocado products. From the farm to the processing plants to the logistics centers in Mombasa, Rotterdam and the warehouse in Bochum. Organic certification is also completely digitized, giving our customers maximum security.
LIMBUA has gradually built up four manufactories around Mount Kenya. Washing, drying, macadamia nut cracking, sorting and packaging: All these steps take place in our modern production facilities. In this way, more people are involved in the value chain and are given real alternatives to the rural exodus. Our customers also benefit, because the macadamia nuts and Avocados can be processed immediately after harvest - without detours via intermediaries. This has a positive effect on quality and product safety.
The natural cultivation of macadamia nuts has a long tradition in Kenya. That is why we have brought local field managers into the LIMBUA team. They organize trainings and support our smallholder farmers in all aspects of cultivation, harvesting, hygiene measures, processing, organic certification and quality assurance.
In the meantime, we have also been able to establish a tree nursery on site, where new seedlings are growing and additional jobs have been created.
Hence, quality assurance begins even before the plots are planted.
MACADAMIA NUT CRACKING
AND SORTING BY HAND
Taste and nutritional value make our organic macadamias highly sought after commodities. However, to preserve their high value, the nuts must be as intact as possible.
LIMBUA has developed a special nut cracker for this purpose, as no machine can replace the fineness of manual work. The whole process requires intuition and experience to produce true quality.
Modern technology and craftsmanship? At LIMBUA, this is not a contradiction but the key to excellent organic quality, which is regularly tested and confirmed by independent laboratories and certifiers.