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Tena yistellen! Welcome to Ethiopia.

The rich and fertile highlands of Ethiopia – laden with historical treasures like the ancient tombs and obelisks of the Kingdom of Aksum (first to sixth centuries AD) to 17th century castles – bear testimony to the country’s fascinating past. The oldest independent country in Africa, its history dates back to around 3000BC, when Egyptian traders compiled the first records of Ethiopia. 

Ethiopia is one of the founding members of the UN, the Group of 24 (G-24), the Non-Aligned Movement, G-77 and the Organization of African Unity, with Addis Ababa serving as the headquarters of the African Union, the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the UNECA, African Aviation Training HQ, the African Standby Force and much of global NGOs focused on Africa.

Coca-Cola was first bottled in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa in 1959 by the Ethiopian Bottling Share Company, which later opened a second branch in Dire Dawa in 1965.

The two plants were nationalized in 1975 and ran as public companies until 1996 when they were bought by Ethiopian entrepreneurs. Just prior to this, in 1995, Coca-Cola Sabco bought shares in the business and, in 1999, signed a joint venture agreement with the plants. With its leadership working hand in hand, the business has seen significant growth over the years. Processes and functions have been improved, resulting in considerable sales increases.
In 2001, Coca-Cola Sabco increased its shares to 61% and the company changed its name to the East African Bottling Share Company (EABSC). The EABSC continues to run the two plants and has 700 employees.

The EABSC’s achievements include the following:

  • In 2001, its two plants achieved The Coca-Cola Quality System (TCCQS) Phase One certification. 
  • In 2002, it celebrated the US$6,4-million upgrade project of its Addis Ababa plant. 
  • 2003 saw the inauguration of the brand new ‘Philipp H Gutsche Training Centre’ at the Addis Ababa plant. 
  • In 2004, for the first time in its history, the EABSC registered a volume score of ‘Ten Million Plus’. 
  • In 2013 it inaugurated a new PET line and a massive expansion to its Dire Dawa Branch at a total cost of $70 million dollar.
  • In 2013 it has gone live with SAP ( Systems Application Products)
  • In 2013 it has economically empowered more than 6000 women and created access for clean water for over 100,000 people in four different regions of Ethiopia together with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.
  • In 2013 it launched Route to Market Project.
  • In 2013 it has received 30ha of land from the Bahir Dar city administration to build its third Coca-Cola factory
  • In 2014 the Addis Ababa plant approved for ISO 9001/14001/18001 and the Dire Dawa plant for ISO 14001/18001

Ethiopians enjoy a range of beverages from EABSC, including those from the Fanta group, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Schweppes, Coke Light and Dasani Bottled Water.


Country Manager:  Xavier Selga
Country Finance Manager: Peter Okello
Country Sales and Marketing Manager: Herbert Nuwamanya
Country Human Resources Manager: Anteneh Tegegn
Country Manufacturing Manager: Humphrey van der Merwe
Country Logistics Manager: Melkamu Abebe
Country Public Affairs and Communications Manager: Tafese Refera
Country Planning and Procurement Manager Ivan Oboth

Country Info

Population: 91 million
Capital: Addis Ababa
Business Language: Emharic, English
Currency: Birr
GDP per capita: $470

Plant Info

Employees: 1 338
Plant Locations: Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa
Job Creation multiplier: 13 380
Number of Distributors: 973

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