ADDIS ABABA – Sheger Bread Factory, the largest bakery and flour factory with a potential of baking 2 million loaves of bread every day in three shifts has started production on Thursday.
While inaugurating the bakery, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Factory, which took 10 months from conception to finalization, “is symbolic of our path to prosperity”.
He said the factory, with a capacity of producing 80,000 pieces of bread per hour, will avail its breadto residents of Addis Ababa “at affordable prices” and “will contribute to food security”.
The factory – owned by Ethiopian born Saudi billionaire Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi – and its distribution network in Addis Ababa is expected to create 3,400 job opportunities.
Built by MIDROC Ethiopia, it has cost the billionaire up to 900 million Birr or about $26 million and installed the state-of-the-art bakery.
The bakery, which uses automated machinery, will source flour from a plant that was built next to the bakery.
Resting on 4.1ha, the bakery and the flour processing plant is located in Akaki Kality District. MIDROC imported the machinery for the bread and flour from Italy, while the transformers were shipped in from China.
The bakery has four silos each with a storage capacity of 30,000ql of wheat, 12 ovens, 13 mixers, and two cooling towers capable of cooling 140,000 loaves of bread a minute. It has 357 permanent employees, 50 janitors, 47 chauffeurs and 23 food vans each capable of carrying 24,000 loaves of bread at once.
The flour factory can produce 2,224ql of flour a day, from which the bakery uses 1,200ql, and the excess 1,024ql of flour will go to the market, said Abennet Gebremeskel, CEO of the project management office and general manager at MIDROC Construction Ethiopia.
The flour factory will source its wheat supply from Horizon Plantation’s farm and other cooperative unions, as well as through import.
Deputy Mayor’s initiative
The project was initiated by the Deputy Mayor, according to Feven Teshome, press secretary of the Addis Abeba City Administration Mayor’s Office.
The Addis Abeba City Administration and Sheger Bread & Flour Factory agreed to sell the products at reasonable prices.
The company has procured 150,000ql of wheat from Ukraine that will be used for three months of production. The first of six batches of the supply has reached the factory.
The plant consumes five megawatts of power during peak hours, according to electrical engineers of the Factory. It has three stand-alone generators that produce 3.2MW in total.
The Factory has so far prepared 23 food vans to distribute the bread to 10 districts throughout the capital. Unemployed youth are organized by the City’s Job Creation and Enterprise Development Bureau across 116 woredas.