Production and extraction
The Macadamia tree is an evergreen tree that belongs to the plant family Proteaceae, which is indigenous to Australia and can grow to 12 metres in height.
Macadamia nut trees have been a major small-holder crop in Kenya for the last 30 years. The tropical climate found around the equator in Kenya, along with the fertile soils found in the Kenyan highlands, makes for ideal Macadamia growing conditions.
Fairoils conducts all macadamia processing at our Athi River facility, south of Nairobi, Kenya. The very hard exterior shell of the Macadamia nut is cracked (and retained) to extract the oil-rich kernel. Fairoils then cold presses on purpose-built oil presses to produce a pure & natural macadamia nut oil. The oil is double-filtered before being stored in large stainless-steel tanks capped with nitrogen, to preclude oxidation.
Kenya is a major food-grade kernel exporter into the US & Europe. The very selective nature of the export industry means a large portion of nuts are rejected. Fairoils provides these farmers a valuable second income stream by offering them a market for their rejected nuts. The main harvest season in Kenya is from March to August, but often kernel exporters hold large volumes of nuts allowing for rejected kernels to be available until October/ November.
The macadamia kernel has a very high oil content yielding 58% to 60% of oil by weight. Macadamia nut oil contains one of the highest levels of monounsaturated fats amongst all food-grade oils including Olive Oil. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids and also contains Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 7.
Fairoils processing facility where it produces its Macadamia nut oil is food-grade certified to FSSC22000 and is also ISO9001 certified. Fairoils supplies all the relevant technical and quality documents on request.
Fairoils produces around 200mt of Macadamia nut oil per year. We supply crude macadamia oil direct from Kenya and a refined quality from our Belgium facility.
Packaging: 190kg drums, 900kg IBC’s and 20mt flexi-tanks