New Water Bottling Firm Targets Europe Market

ADDIS ABEBA – Geranba Bottling Plc., a new entrant to the water bottling market in Ethiopia, says it will soon start to export its product to the Europe market.

The company, a sister company of B and C aluminum Factory, invested around 410 million Br to set up the bottling firm in Sidama Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Regional State (SNNPR).

The plant, located 345km south of Addis Abeba, sits on a six-hectare plot of land and will start to produce bottled water next week.

They will have the capacity to produce 16,000 bottles of water per hour.

South Spring Water will be joining over 80 other companies operating water bottling business in the country, and totally produce over 3.5 billion liters of water a year.

The company has now a deal with a British firm to export its products to the Europe market.

“We will first start our export to England but it will not be limited to that market,” said BirukHayle, owner of Geranba bottling plc.

The company will supply the market with 0.33, 0.6, 1.2 and 2 liters bottles of water, which is produced from spring water sources.

The product obtains a conformity assessment certificate from the Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise and also from the Food, Medicine, and Health Care Administration & Control Authority.

The plant has already created employment opportunities for 310 workers. Birhanu Getaneh, board director, the firm plant to its bottling capacity to 32,000 per hour.

By Mhret G/Kristos