Working to develop sustainable value chains
One of the key ways of ensuring sustainable food supply chains across emerging economies is by sharing valuable expertise. This enables countries to produce their own high-quality food, rather than importing goods while exporting their own raw materials. Bühler is committed to helping customers improve their productivity by training local operators.
A case in point is Ivory Coast – although twothirds of the world’s cocoa beans are grown in West Africa, most chocolate processing still takes place in Europe. Many major chocolate producers – several of them Bühler customers – have plants in the region. Bühler’s new chocolate training hub in the capital, Abidjan, is set to open in the first half of 2019. Trainees will learn everything they need to know about operating and maintaining Bühler machinery, helping them to create high-quality products, increase yield, and meet Ivory Coast’s target of increasing the local processing of raw cocoa to 50% by 2020.
Bühler’s ongoing involvement in Partners in Food Solutions is also helping to bring technical and business expertise to millers and food processors in developing countries, while its African Milling School in Nairobi, Kenya – the first facility of its kind on the continent – has been providing trainees with the skills to significantly improve quality, safety, and output since 2015.