Growing mill business in East Africa

Bakhresa, Tanzania

Beginning in the mid-seventies as a small family-run restaurant in the port of Dar es Salaam, today, Bakhresa is a large, diversified conglomerate comprising companies across Eastern and South Africa.

The Bakhresa Group has long trusted Bühler as their technology partner for their growing milling business in East Africa. Over the past quarter century, Bühler has supplied wheat milling plants at their locations in Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa, helping them to become one of the largest businesses in the region. The latest collaboration has led to the installation of a vast grain storage facility at the port in Dar es Salaam. It is lowering costs and improving supply managements for the company.

An African success story

Bakhresa is an African success story. Beginning in the mid-seventies as a small family-run restaurant in the port of Dar es Salaam, today it is a large, diversified conglomerate comprising companies across Eastern Africa and South Africa. Still a family-owned business, Bakhresa's activites now cover the food and beverage sector, packaging, logistics, marine passenger services, petroleum, and entertainment. Bakhresa bought its first mill from Bühler in 1992 to supply the company's own cake bakery with flour. Impressed by the performance of that facility, Bakhresa has continued to rely on Bühler to build new milling plants ever since. With the latest milling technology to optimize productivity and achieve high end-product quality, the plants have enabled Bakhresa to grow its footprint of popular household brands.

Facts about Bakhresa Grain Storage

60000 t
Storage capacity
The grain is stored in five steel silos.
1200 t/h
Processing technology
This throughput is made possible by two drum sieves RCDA 600 with magnetic separator.
600 t/h
simultaneous loading of four trucks

Efficient project management

Critical for optimal implementation of a project, it guarantees long-term success of a business. Defined project goals must be met within set budgets and timelines. With experienced project teams in place, Bakhresa and Bühler worked in partnership to achieve ambitious targets.

Design meetings were held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Uzwil, Switzerland, throughout the various stages of the project. As a result of these combined efforts, the plant was engineered, delivered, installed, and commissioned in good time and to specification. Bühler's expertise and the excellent collaboration have delivered tangible results. With its new grain terminal operating at the rated capacity, the Bakhresa Group is now able to run its operations faster and more efficiently. Grain can be delivered to processing facilities in a timely manner, reliably, and with high quality.

Selected for reliability

The successful operation of this huge-capacity grain handling facility significantly contributes to food security in the region. From this one terminal, the Bakhresa group can supply all its milling operations in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.


It was important to identify a supplier who could guarantee the plant performance in terms of rated capacity.

Peter Muni, General Manager – New Projects, SSB

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