Following their successful participation in BioFach and Gulfood with support from ProFound, Ethiopian honey processors are preparing orders from their buyers. During a visit to Ethiopia in March, ProFound gave advice to these processors on their action plans.

While sourcing of honey during the next harvest season in May is already on their radar, processors still need to secure steel drums for the export of this honey. In cooperation with several processors and the Ethiopian Apiculture Board, ProFound is consolidating orders for cost-efficient import of steel drums to address this potential bottleneck.

With many new inexperienced exporters entering the sector, ProFound also identified an urgent need to step up efforts to improve quality management by processors. During a meeting between processors, they shared good practices to prevent exports of honey which does not meet Ethiopian honey quality standards.