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Food & Beverages

The food and beverage industry, with annual production worth around $2 billion, accounts for about one-third of the output from Azerbaijan’s manufacturing industry. Based on the “State Program for Ensuring Food Security in the Republic of Azerbaijan” entrepreneurs will carry out import of food products through an electronic system. Hazelnuts are now among the country’s main export goods after oil and gas products. In 2017 exports rose by 30 percent to 20,800 tonnes, compared with 2016. In the first half of 2018, exports increased by 34 percent to 6,700 tonnes. Exports were worth $114.5 million in 2017. Industry experts expect annual exports worth $150-200 million in the near future.

Areas under hazelnut cultivation are expected to increase to at least 80,000 hectares by 2022. The output is expected to be higher than in 2016 and 2017 given the high growth rates. In 2017, country produced 45,500 tonnes of hazelnuts.

Wine 

Azerbaijan intends to rank among the wine nations once more and there are good opportunities to do that. The country has long-standing winemaking traditions, a climate favourable to viticulture and good export prospects.

A new State Program for the Development of Winemaking provides for the creation of new value chains for wine production in 2018-2025. As many as 18.7 million litres of wine are expected to be produced in 2025, compared with 11.3 million litres in 2017. There are 23 winemakers in the country, and 18 of them are engaged in export.