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To be center of excellence for Africa Regions in production of Supplementary and Therapeutic Diets.

Policy statement
Produce and supply safe, wholesome and nutritious food supplements and therapeutic diets to beneficiaries at a reasonable price.


Use enhanced research and creates linkage with higher learning and research institutes, produce supplementary and therapeutic diets to save the lives of millions of malnourished children and their care takers with social marketing strategy

Hilina Enriched Food Processing Center is located 20 km .North of Addis on the road to Dessie with an area of about 7350 square meters. Hilina Enriched Food Processing Center is named after the oldest daughter of the Managing Director.  Both his wife Mrs. Genet Abebe and Ms. Hilina Belete are currently working as Deputy General Manager of Administration & Finance and Operations respectively.

When it was first established in 1998, its products were limited to enriching sugar with Vitamin A and Iodization of salt. The bulk of the product was sold to UN agencies and NGOs’. As the demand for other services increased it introduced roasting and blending of maize Soya beans and haricots beans to the list of the products.

The country is hard hit by recurrent drought and famine which claims the lives of millions of mothers and children. Government and other agencies involved in food aid and relief were forced to import supplementary and therapeutic diet at a higher cost which would have been avoided had it been produced in the country with the same international standard and requirements as well as with adequate quantity and quality that would satisfy the demand of the beneficiaries through social marketing strategy.

To fill the gap of the felt need in the production of nutritious and therapeutic diet, the visionary Hilina Enriched Food’s Management approached the renowned French Company Nutriset® who revolutionized therapeutic and supplementary diet for a franchised agreement to produce Plumpy Nut® in Ethiopia. After long and arduous consultation and communication and help of UNICEF, an agreement was reached by both parties in 2007 to establish same. Reconstruction and redesigning of the buildings to meet the requirements and standards of Nutriset was done and the necessary machineries were installed as per the requirements of Nutriset. After rigorous audit of the new out lay and set up a second memorandum was signed by both parties in September 2007 to make Hilina Food Processing Center a franchisee of Nutriset Company with a holding of 51% and 49% by Hilina Food Processing Center and Nutriset respectively. As of September 21st 2007, the Center started producing Plumpy’nut® which is commonly known as Ready to use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). RUTF is recommended by (WHO) for the management of severe acute malnutrition.

To obtain international recognition and meet the requirements set by Nutriset, the center hired a consulting firm named QITC to prepare and implement HACCP and later for ISO 22000:2005 Certification. After rigorous and stringent audit by UNICEF, MSF and SABS (South Africa Bureau of Standard), Hilina became the first Food Processing Center in Ethiopia to be recognized by UNICEF and owner of ISO 22000:2005

The center was inaugurated on Feb 21, 2007 by H.E Mr. Girma Biru, Minister of Trade and Industry and, H.E. Mrs. Ann Vennman, UNICEF Executive Director in the presence of High Government Officials.

Hilina currently produces 3 categories of diet namely RUTF, RUSF and micronutrient

  • Plumpy nut®, therapeutic food for children
  • Coarse and milled iodized salt
  • Vitamin A enriched sugar
  • Roasted Peanut splits, chick peas. field peas etc
  • Peanut Butter

Currently the daily capacity of Plumpy nut® product is 300 MT per month.
Hilina plans to include products called Nutributter®, Plumpy doz, and Supplementary Plumpy for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in addition to the Plumpy Nut® before the end of 2010.
On top of that, Hilina plans to increase the production of Plumpy range of products to about 1300 MT per month before the end of 2011. This quantity is assumed to satisfy the need of East African Countries.


The center has 167 dedicated employees with professionals and experts in the fields of Food Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Food Management, and Information Technology. When the expansion project is fully complete & operational, the work force will as well increase in parallel.

Linkage with Universities

(Extracted from University Industry linkage (UIL) Brief overview, Feb.2009)

The Engineering Capacity Building Program (ECBP) is an economic and industrial reform launched by the government of Ethiopia with the technical and financial support of the Government of Germany. As part of the effort to make the curriculum of engineering field more demand oriented that can satisfy the human -resource needs of the industry; a great emphasis has been made in the newly revised curricula to developing the practical skills of students.

Objectives of the University- Industry Linkage

  • To meet the needs of the current and future labor market with capable future work force for enterprises
  • To strengthen the position of Engineering Faculty of Universities as a cooperation partner for supporting the development of industry through applied research and consultation
  • To strengthen the practical knowledge and skills of students and increases employability of future graduates
  • To provide space for research and development for students and staffs of the university.
  • To meet international standards

Proposed areas of Cooperation

1) Qualified internship system-According to the revised curriculum there is a mandatory for one semester internship program.
2) Applied Research Work:-
3) Training and Facility Sharing

Benefits of the program to industries

  • Accesses to technological knowledge and research skills
  • Recruit and train potential future employees
  • Reduce the time and resource of training new employees
  • Release work load in different departments
  • Work closely with university staffs sand students in technology transfer and applied research projects.

With these mutual benefits that can be generated by both parties in mind, Hilina Enriched Foods is committed to work closely with universities to realize its vision and support government program in producing knowledgeable and skilled graduates. So far it has started consultation and linkages with Addis Ababa, Jimma, Alemaya, Hawassa and Bahir Dar Universities that offer courses in Food Science.
For the purpose of the University- industries linkage, Hilina has reserved a block from the new expansion, for Nutrition, Communication Training and Research for prospectus trainees (internship) and institutions interested to conduct research.

The area of the training and research will mainly focus but not limited to:-

  • Nutrition Communication
  • Food processing and Food Safety.
  • Food processing and appropriate Technology.
This broad category of trainings and research areas can be further sub categorized into many disciplines of research and trainings that meets the need of the center and the students as well as the university staffs.