food + bev tec Ethiopia

Ethiopia – largest importer of food process and packaging machinery in East and Central Africa

Global players entering the Ethiopian market

East African Bottling S.C (EABSC) started the construction of a new plant in April 2015. The plant is a part of a 500 million US $ investment including three new plants, implementation will be completed by 2020. EABSC produces and bottles beverages including Fanta, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Schweppes, Coke Light and Dasani bottled water. Over the past two years alone, Coca Cola has invested 200 million US $ in Ethiopia. In addition, it plans to invest more than 350 million US $ in the coming three years. It has registered 47pc growth in terms of gross sale for the current year so far, which is the highest growth rate in sales in the Coca Cola franchise and 15pc achievement of last year. The new plant is expected to be inaugurated within 18 months’ time and it will have one production line with a capacity of 15 million cases a year. (Food Business Africa)

Heineken inaugurated its largest factory in Ethiopia with an investment of 110 million euros outside Addis Ababa in January 2015. The factory has a capacity of producing 1.5 million hectoliters a year. The total investment of Heineken in Ethiopia now already stands at more than US $ 400 million.

Other international companies such as Unilever and Nestlé are reportedly on the go. The drinks giant Diageo has already purchased a local brewery.

The US Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is interested in entering the market through its South African subsidiary Massmart Holdings.

For manufacturers of food and packaging machines Ethiopia is a market of the future that is just about to unfold.

Ethiopia – largest importer of food process and packaging machinery in East and Central Africa 

No. 1 in East and Central Africa, Ethiopia invests heavily in its food and beverage industry

  • Ethiopia’s imports of food, beverage and packaging technology increased by 24% in 2017
  • From 127 million Euro to 157 million Euro
Source: VDMA
  • Ethiopia’s imports of packaging technology increased by 30% in 2017
  • From 30 million Euro to 35 million Euro


This is what they said 2017

Mr Loris Albertazzi, Closures & Containers Technical Assistance Dept. - SACMI IMOLA

The Ethiopian market is important for us as the request of closures and preforms is growing and we have to promote our technology here to improve our sales.

At the first two exhibition days we met our traditional customers to discuss new investments and we luckily also found new potential customers. The interest of our visitors is really on a high level.

Highlights of agrofood Ethiopia 2018 are the comfortable location of our booth and the large number of visitors. 


About food + bev tec Ethiopia 2018

Sectors of visitors interest
(multiple responses possible)

High satisfaction rates 2018

  • food + bev tec Ethiopia as a whole 96%
  • number of visitors 96%
  • services of the organizer fairtrade 96%
  • exhibitors recommending food + bev tec Ethiopia 92%
  • exhibitors intending to participate in the next food + bev tec Ethiopia 92%
  • chances of business after the fair 83%
  • quality of business contacts 80%


Top exhibitors 2018

  • adepta 
  • Akras
  • Bandera
  • Bobst
  • Benefit ISSD Project
  • Berthault Engineering
  • Ektam
  • esco - european salt company
  • Fillex
  • GEA
  • Güntner
  • HTG Industry
  • I.C.E. Water Management
  • IMA Hassia
  • Insta-Pro International
  • Ishida
  • ITA Italian Trade Agency
  • Jiangsu ASG Packaging Machinery Group
  • KHS  
  • MLT Pack Services
  • Moawia El Berier Complex for Packaging, Printing & Stationery
  • Myande Group
  • Nantong Wealth Machinery Technical Co.
  • OSF Flavors East Africa
  • Pragya Flexifilm Industries
  • Reifenhäuser
  • Sacmi
  • Safrique International
  • Serac
  • SGC Trident
  • SIT 
  • Suzhou Yaoshi Machinery 
  • Vanta 
  • VDMA
  • Windmöller & Hölscher
  • Wuhan G-young Industry & Trade 
  • Zhangjiagang Eceng Bottle Machinery 
  • Zhangjiagang Paima Packaging Machinery