Milk vending business in Kenya has taken a different course in recent years, with the introduction of vending machines known us milk ATM.
Milk market has shifted from processed and traditional vending to the new technological retailing techniques that preserves fresh milk.
News 9 Kenya assesses the market conditions leading to this change and highlights how traders can acquire and operate the milk vending machine, Milk ATM.
According to the Dairy Industry Act Cap 336 and Public Health Act Cap 242 of the Laws of Kenya, traders should follow and comply with certain rules before installing a milk vending machine.
The measures stipulate that a trader should have a well-designed and constructed premise with proper walls, drainage, lighting and ventilation.
The mode of transport should be hygienically made using aluminum or stainless steel and approved, milk transport vehicles.
The trader should also observe personnel hygiene and health –having a medical certificate is mandatory.
The vending premises should have access to clean and portable water.
The trader should maintain quality records for cleaning and disinfection of the premises and equipment for vending.
The environmental should be hygienically clean.
After ensuring that the above measures have been adhered to, the trader can apply for licensing from the Kenya Dairy Board – at this stage, an inspection of the premises will be done to evaluate compliance before a license is issued.
There will be routine inspection by the board after licensing to ensure hygienic requirements are continuously met.
The trader should also have other licenses such as trade licenses by the County Governments.