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Ethiopian brewer to use IFC's €50m for more barley

International Finance Corporation (IFC) has unveiled an investment of up to EUR050mn in Habesha Breweries S.C. to help the company expand its operations in Ethiopia and increase local barley sourcing from smallholder farmers.

The loan is co-funded by the Dutch development bank (FMO) and Dutch banks Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. (Rabobank) and ING Bank N.V. (ING Bank).

 Habesha was initiated by a group of local Ethiopian investors in 2009 and it has grown to be the sole supplier of inflight drinks at Ethiopian. The company is currently owned by Swinkels Family Brewers Holding N.V. (60%), 8,000 local shareholders (30%), and Linssen Participations B.V. (10%).

Ethiopia’s brewing industry is fast growing and an important contributor to economic growth, but the sector imports as much as 90 percent of its malt barley needs. In addition to the financing, IFC and FMO will help Habesha support farmers’ access to improved seed varieties and other …