food + bev tec Ethiopia

Ethiopia constructs 17 integrated agrofood industrial parks worth US$ 1.5 billion

Ethiopia more and more makes it into the headlines one of the mega projects being the construction of 17 integrated agrofood industry parks worth US$ 1.5 billion. The construction of four of these have already kicked-off in Western Tigray, South-West Amhara, Central Oromia and Eastern SNNP.

The pilot projects are due to be carried out as part of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) Programs for Country Partnership, a model partnership for achieving Inclusive Sustainable Industrial Development.

Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest and Africa’s fifth largest importer of food processing and packaging machinery

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.

Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2016

Range of exhibits


  • Aroma-, essences- and spice-technology
  • Bakery technology
  • Beverage technology
  • Confectionery technology
  • Dairy technology
  • Delicatessen and convenience food technology
  • Fish processing technology
  • Ice cream technology
  • Noodle technology
  • Screening machines
  • Slaughtering and meat processing technology
  • Vegetable and fruit technology


  • Packaging machines
  • Packaging materials


  • Refrigeration installations
  • Ventilation, air conditioning and heating technology