KPCU Clean Coffee Warehouse is located in the centre of Nairobi adjacent to the main coffee mill through which most of the Kenya coffee seeds pass. As a valuable site, Kenya Planter’s Cooperative Union wished to develop the site to its full potential. The building is a six storey warehouse capable of holding 20,000 tons of clean coffee yet still with flexibility to accommodate processing machinery. It is served by four good lifts and a comprehensive power supply system and compressed air supply. A bridge connects the warehouse to Kahawa House warehouse where the coffee is auctioned. Triad coordinated this complex contract from inception to completion and successfully completed the project in 1978.
Financially-crippled Kenya Planters Co-operative Union (KPCU), which has been under receivership for years, could be on its final journey as its liquidation begins. After KPCU is put up for sale, the process is expected to be concluded in the next six months, closing the doors to one of the largest farmers’ unions in Kenya. The order for deregistration and liquidation of this 75-year old coffee milling and warehousing monolith is contained in a Gazette Notice No. 7963, dated 2nd August 2019 and signed by the Commissioner for Co-operative Development.
The liquidation team at Wakulima House is authorised to take into their custody all the properties of KPCU including books and documents that are deemed necessary for completion of the liquidation process. KPCU is a wholly farmer-owned company, whose membership comprises over 750,000 small scale farmers represented through over 300 co-operatives and about 2,000 estate farmers owning small, medium and large-scale farms. KPCU was the leading coffee miller and warehouseman , owning both fixed and mobile hullers in the key coffee-growing areas. KPCU has an installed milling capacity of 150,000 metric tonnes of clean coffee per year, with infrastructure located in Nairobi, Tala, Sagana, Meru, Nanyuki, Nakuru, Bungoma and Kisumu. The company can mill 34 tonnes per hour.
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