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BGI is a large-scale brewery and beverage production wing of Groupé Castel, operating internationally in more than 53 countries.

BGI Ethiopia PLC has been operating in Ethiopia since 1998 and engaged in the production and distribution of beer, wine and beverages. BGI owns five breweries including the iconic St. George Brewery in Addis Ababa, the Kombolcha Brewery, the Hawassa Brewery, Zebidar Brewery and Machew Northern Brewery with a combined production capacity of 3.6 million Hectoliters of beer (bottle and Draft) annually.
BGI Ethiopia PLC. also owns and manages the Castel Winery and vineyard located in the town of Zeway. Established in 2012, the winery produces twelve thousand Hectoliters of different wine varieties annually under the brand names Acacia and Rift Valley. BGI Ethiopia’s products are distributed by partner agents in all corners of the country and exported internationally to North America (USA and Canada), Europe (UK, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherland etc.) Middle East (Israel and UAE), Australia, Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, South Sudan, Djibouti etc.), Asia (China, Japan etc.)

BGI Ethiopia’s products are distributed by partner agents in all corners of the country,

and exported internationally to North America (USA and Canada), Europe (UK, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherland etc.) Middle East (Israel and UAE), Australia, Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, South Sudan, Djibouti etc.), Asia (China, Japan etc.)
96
Years and counting
5
Breweries
5000+
Excellence Awards
22
Worldwide Distributors

BGI Ethiopia PLC. also owns and manages The Castel Winery and vineyard located in the town of Zeway. Established in 2012, the winery produces twelve thousand hectoliters of different wine varieties annually under the brand names Acacia and Rift Valley.

Our History

It all started in 1922. Mr. Hal, a Belgian national of Ethiopian descent established St. George Brewery after concluding an agreement with the monarchy. Mr. Hal bought 20,000 Square Meters of land near the present day Mexico Square in Addis Ababa. Soon after, with archaic machinery, 137 workers and raw materials imported from abroad, the factory started brewing St. George Beer. Production capacity did not exceed 200-300 bottles per day during that period. In 1936; after the occupation of Addis Ababa, the Italians took over St. George Brewery. After the installment of new machineries and the expansion of production facilities and workforce, the brewery was able to expand production and started to meet the increasing demand for “modern” beer. With the Italians at the helm, production reached three to four thousand bottles of beer per day and the first draft beer was introduced packaged in wooden casks.

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1923 - 1935
Mr. Hal bought 20,000 Square Meters of land near the present day Mexico Square in Addis Ababa. Soon after, with archaic machinery, 137 workers and raw materials imported from abroad, the factory started brewing St. George Beer. Production capacity did not exceed...
1936 - 1941
In 1936, after the occupation of Addis Ababa, the Italians took over St. George Brewery. After the installment of new machineries and the expansion of production facilities & work force, the brewery was able to expand production and started to meet the increasing...
1942 - 1974
St. George Brewery’s ownership was assigned to the private domain of Emperor Haile Sellassie I and four other individuals after the expulsion of the Italian occupying forces 1941. During the 40’s and 50’s, beer drinking became popular among locals and St. George Beer...

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