Cold Storage Milestone Africa’s First State-of-the-Art Facility Opens in Nairobi – In Nairobi, Kenya, the first cold storage facility in Africa was recently inaugurated, located in the Tatu City Special Economic Zone. This state-of-the-art facility can accommodate up to 18,000 pallets, equivalent to 18,000 tons of goods at full capacity. Equipped with a controlled-temperature area and a fleet of specialized vehicles, the facility focuses on the preservation and distribution of perishable food and pharmaceutical products.
The initiative, supported with an investment of up to $15 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB), is managed by the ARCH Cold Chain Solutions Fund. This fund targets five key sectors, including horticulture, meat, poultry and seafood, food production, supermarkets, quick-service restaurants/hotels, and pharmaceutical products. The main goal is to reduce food waste and improve safety standards in food distribution in East Africa.
FAO estimates that approximately 37% of food produced in sub-Saharan Africa is lost along the value chain.
This new facility aims to serve both export and import markets in the region, contributing to mitigating food waste. The strategic expansion plan of ARCH Cold Chain Solutions includes reaching cities such as Mombasa, Kigali, Dar es Salaam, Addis Ababa, and Kampala.
Fredd Kambo, CEO and co-responsible of ARCH Cold Chain Solutions East Africa, emphasized pride in the achieved results, particularly in adhering to rigorous quality standards and environmental, social, and governance principles. The facility is committed to making a significant impact on food security by reducing food losses at all stages of distribution.
Cold Storage Milestone: Africa’s First State-of-the-Art Facility Opens in Nairobi