Transforming Africa's dairy and beverage industry

The dairy and beverages industry in Africa is on a transformational, critical time of development – in terms of investments, innovations and complexity.

These two sectors of the food value chain have some of the most promising growth opportunities in the Continent, as a younger, more economically empowered and urbanised population continues to push the boundary of the possibilities in the region.

The sectors offer some of the best opportunities for economic, nutritional and social transformation in the Continent, which has relied substantially on imported dairy and to some extent, imported beverage products. Critical raw materials such as barley, sweeteners, fruit concentrates and ingredients continue to be imported into Africa.

The pace of transformation of Africa’s dairy and beverage industry is set to increase substantially over the next 25 years, as its population is expected to double to 2.5 billion by 2050, or 25% of the total population of the World, from the current 16%. Rising incomes, rapid urbanisation and consumers that are increasingly taking up new food and beverage choices means that the opportunity in Africa is set to rise rapidly. 

The pace of innovations in Africa’s dairy sector continues to be driven by the need to avail safe, convenient and nutritious packaged dairy products to meet the continent’s bulging demand, but at the same time, high value products such as yoghurt, ice cream, cheese and flavoured milk products are increasingly becoming mainstream. 

Investments by local and global giants rise

To tap into these changes, a number of local and regional players and multinationals such as Danone, FrieslandCampina and even Coca-Cola are investing substantial amounts to boost local production and processing of milk products. 

On the beverages side, there has been a more vibrant investments to tap into the growing potential for soft and hot beverages such as juices, drinks, coffee and tea drinks and packaged water while in the alcoholic beverages category, cider, kombucha and craft beer are increasingly being served across Africa, as spirits boom while beer and wine continue their growth trajectory. 

International giants such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Heineken, Diageo, ABInBev and even Suntory are seeking increased investments across most of the critical markets in Africa such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda as they tap into emerging and growing demand for quality, affordable beverage products. 

Join us at the Africa Dairy & Beverage Summit, as we delve deep into the opportunities and market trends that your business should tap into to grow its business in Africa.


  • Consumer and market trends in the dairy and beverage industry in Africa and across the World
  • Investments opportunities and trends in the dairy and beverage industry in Africa
  • Sustainable raw material sourcing, handling and quality management
  • Efficient and sustainable processing, packaging and automation technologies
  • New products innovation and management
  • Sustainable utilisation of water, energy, waste and packaging
  • Cost reduction, ingredients applications and formulations management
  • Brand development and management and go-to-market strategies


  • Managing Directors, General Managers & other C-Suite Managers
  • Production/Plant Directors Managers and Supervisors
  • QA/R&D/Food Safety Directors, Managers & Supervisors
  • Engineering Directors, Managers & Supervisors
  • Brewing Directors, Managers & Supervisors
  • Dairy Manufacturing Directors, Managers & Supervisors
  • Sustainability Directors, Managers & Supervisors
  • Packaging Directors, Managers & Supervisors
  • Procurement Directors, Managers & Supervisors
  • Investment & Portfolio Managers, Bankers and more
  • Government Ministries, Agencies and NGO managers
  • Supply Chain Directors, Managers
  • Suppliers of various technologies to the dairy and drink industry in Africa – including equipment, packaging, ingredients, supply chain solutions, etc.