The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia from 8 to 10 June 2023 in Addis Ababa
The 5th edition of Ethiopia’s leading agrofood & plastprintpack trade show will be held in Addis Ababa from 8 to 10 June 2023.
The event will once again be organised by fairtrade in cooperation with its local partner Prana Events.
Review: agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia 2021 was a great success
High exhibitor satisfaction ratings
For this event, from 14 to 16 October 2021, exhibitors had come to Addis Ababa with rather low expectations due to Corona, many even stayed away altogether. All the more pleasing was the great interest in live business contacts of no less than 2,458 visitors and their interest in doing business with exhibitors from 9 countries representing a wide spectrum of the entire value chain.
The high satisfaction ratings on the part of exhibitors reflect this, as does the statement by Matthias Thienel of Destilla: "We were unsure what to expect due to the pandemic and the overall situation of the country, but our expectations for the exhibition were outmatched by far."
Speaking of exhibitor satisfaction, here are the amazing results of the survey:
After the great success of agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia 2021, others will certainly consider their participation again for 2023. And the good thing is, with dates of June 8-10, 2023, it's just around the corner and will stay back on its traditional June date from then on.
Until then, exhibitors and visitors can stay in touch via our brand new exportal. Exhibitors, and only they, can even access the profiles of all visitors here, filter by topics and interests, and stay in touch via videocall throughout the year.
Exhibitors 2021: The pavilions came from Germany, Italy, Russia and Turkey, the exhibitors were from Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey and USA.
- The German Pavilion was presented by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry AUMA. In addition to the information stand of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, exhibitors like Buschhoff, Caisley International, Destilla, GGI-Spermex, Krones and Te So Ten Elsen Specht will displayed their products and solutions on their own stands within the official German Pavilion. Please see the exhibitors and their products & services.
- Italian exhibitors included Ave Technologies, Della Toffolla, Priamo Food Technologies and Z-Italia.
- Exhibitors in the Russian Pavilion supported by the Russian Export Centre and Moscow region showcased adapted solutions and technologies for the Ethiopian agrofood industry. Russian exhibitors included Geomir, IMT Group, Royal Cane and 10 Med.
- The Turkish Pavilion was again supported by the Ministry of Trade and features companies like Aves, Endülüs Krom, Intermak, Kombi Makina, Kozlu Gida, Kuatro, Milkman Makine, Özmermer Gida, Nadir Yag, Orkide (Küçükbay) and Seyhan.
Agriculture is the backbone of Ethiopia's economy and still continues to contribute 33% of the GDP, creates 66% of employment and generates 76% of the country's yearly export. In the past five years, Agriculture has registered a 9% year-by-year growth reaching to US$36 billion in value.
ATA would like to invite you to invest in the Agriculture and Agroprocessing sector of the country and benefit from the available vast opportunities.
Director Agribusiness and Market Development - Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
As we all know, Ethiopia has been demonstrating continous and high GDP growth for the last two decades and became one of the world's fastest growing economies. We can also mention Ethiopia as one of the most impressive investment destinations not only in continental Africa, but also in the world.
Considering this fact, I am sure that Ethiopia, with its great potential in agriculture, food processing, packaging, technology, ingredients, food and hospitality, is one of the perfect destinations for Turkish manufacturers and trading parties. Within this respect as the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Addis Ababa, I will continue to motivate Turkish companies to participate in this fair for the upcoming years.
This year, we have 12 exhibitors operating in different sectors from plastics, waste refining to food and bakery manufacturing machinery. They exhibit their products and services in the Turkish pavilion with a total of 192 sqm under the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Turkey umbrella.
H.E. Ms Yaprak Alp
Ambassador - Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
It is a great pleasure to be here – the agrofood & plastprintpack trade fair is a step back into normality. In a way, this event testifies to our joint capacity to overcome incredible hardships and find solutions.
Since 2017, this trade show has served to connect Ethiopian, German and European businesses. Its last iteration in 2019 saw the participation of 153 exhibitors from 18 countries and over 3,200 visitors. Then the pandemic struck and it was not possible to hold the event in 2020. Today, another year later, I am proud to take part in the opening of the fourth event.
The technologies and solutions present here can help reduce waste and the spoiling of valuable food resources through modern and sustainable production and packaging. It can contribute to a better life for many citizens in Ethiopia. When it comes to the development of sustainalbe solutions to one of our most pressing environmental challenges, Ethiopia will always find Germany and Europe at its side.
In 2020 the Ethiopia-EU’s trade volume remained firmly over two billion euros. I am sure, that my European colleagues and the companies from other European Nations share my enthusiasm about the opportunities that this trade fair creates.
H.E. Mr Stephan Auer
Ambassador - Ambassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ethiopia is endowed with varieties of agricultural products that can be processed in to food and has a vision to become a leader in light manufacturing in Africa by 2035. Despite the fact, food quality, safety, productivity and packaging are among our biggest challenges we are facing on industry processed food products.
The Government of Ethiopia is establishing agro food parks in different regions of the country such as Yirgalem, Bulbula, Baaker and Bure in Sidama, Oromya, Tigray and Amhara regions respectively where three of the Agro parks have resumed production and have started exporting their products.
Mr. Solomon Tadelle, Director General
Ethiopian Food Beverage, and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute
We, the Özmermer family, started our work life with a small pita bread oven established by Hasan Özmermer, our esteemed elder, back in 1952. After more than 40 years of experience in pita, bread, francala and pastry production, we commenced flour production by establishing Özmermer Flour Factory in 1994 in order to obtain standard and high quality flour that will meet ours and our colleagues’ needs.
Ethiopia is one of the biggest countries in Africa with a huge demand. There are many opportunities to make business here. As a producer to be here is very important to introduce our company directly to business people.
At the show we met traders, wholesalers, exporters and importers, and we had productive meetings with many serious business people. It’s been our first time attending agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia, so we were not sure what to expect, but it's been a great experience so far.
Vice President - Özmermer Gida San. Ve. Tic. Ltd. Sti
Ethiopia is a country with large livestock populations. Animal identification and registration is emerging and can make important contributions to the efficiency and output of the livestock sector as well as to animal health and food safety. As a specialist in animal identification systems, we would like to follow and accompany these developments.
We were able to talk to many interested people, animal keepers and traders, and demonstrate and explain our products. We rate the quality of the contacts as quite good. Existing contacts and partners also visited us at the fair and took the opportunity to get acquainted with our identification devices.
It’s been our target to present our products to Ethiopian and neighboring interested parties and to look for potential partners who can cooperate with us and distribute our products in Ethiopia and other African countries. So far, we have gained further insights into the Ethiopian livestock sector and made interesting contacts. We look forward to further exchanges.
Sales & Marketing - Caisley International GmbH
Since its founding in 1969, Destilla has produced flavors and extracts of the highest quality. We’ve grown organically, continuously modernized our production processes and expanded our product portfolio.
Ethiopia is not only a country with great potential, but a hub for East Africa. We're setting up a lokal sales office in a first stage and want to establish local manufactoring mid to longterm.
We met locals from the whole food & beverage industry and are very satisfied with quantity & quality.
We were unsure what to expect due to the pandemic and the overall situation of the country but our expectations for the exhibition were outmatched by far.
Vice President - Destilla GmbH
Kombi Makina is specialized in design and manufacturing of machines and complete filling lines for the beverage industry for many types of products. Our head quarter is located in Istanbul.
Ethiopia and Turkey have strong relations and we are here already for 7 years. We received good quality customers in this exhibition, and we are satisfied. Our expectations were fulfilled.
Export Manager - Kombi Makina
Ethiopia has a huge potential because of the growing market and the population size. We as Krones aim to build long-term partnerships with our local branch office that opened in 2018.
The customers and visitors come from a diverse background of sectors. We are happy with everyone who took the time to meet us here at agrofood & plastprintpack Ethiopia. Even outside the beverage sector, we will partner with many visitors who are interested in our video yet printers.
Our expectations were met. We had good conversions and we are looking forward to participate in the future to network and build opportunities and long-standing partnerships on eye-level.
Deputy General Manager - Krones LCS Center East Africa Ltd.
Visitors highly satisfied
The event was attended by 2,458 visitors from 40 countries, including 19 African countries. The vast majority came from Ethiopia, followed by Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda. Great news for the exhibitors: no less than 61% of the visitors were decision-makers, 71% plan to invest within the next 12 months.
Main reasons to visit
Sectors of the visitors’ interest*
- 40% Agriculture
- 37% Food & beverage technology
- 5% Food ingredients
- 7% Food & hospitality
- 14% Plastics raw materials & technology
- 9% Printing materials & technology
- 28% Packaging materials & technology
* Multiple responses possible