food + bev tec Ethiopia



Ethiopia is East & Central Africa’s largest importer of food and beverage process and packaging technology

  • With imports of 171 million euros in 2018, Ethiopia ranks far ahead of Kenya with 147 million euros
  • With an average annual growth rate of 17.8% between 2012 and 2018, Ethiopia is also one of Africa’s fastest growing importers of such technology
  • The immense population of currently 108 million, which according to the United Nations will rise to 190 million by 2050, requires strong sustainable growth
Source: VDMA 2019 / Graph: fairtrade

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.