HILINA was established in 1998 to undertake the manufacturing and processing of a range of food products specifically designed to combat the various forms of malnutrition and other micronutrient deficiencies affecting children and other vulnerable groups in Ethiopia. When it was initially founded, the center produced Vitamin A enriched sugar as well as iodized salt for UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the general public.

Since then, HILINA has experienced significant growth in terms of both size and capital and has continued to install modern machinery and other equipment, especially to manufacture nutritious Ready-to-Use Foods for children to address the significant gap in the national food production system.

HILINA also recently established an on-site food laboratory and has transformed itself into a state of the art and comprehensive food production facility.

PlumpyField® products available

Plumpy'Nut® & Plumpy'Sup™

Quality references

Quality assurance system validated by Nutriset: HACCP method
Relevant international code of practice (CODEX CAC / RCP)
Referenced & audited by: UNICEF-WFP-MSF (last audit 2017)
Certification: ISO 22000:2005
(since 2011)

Maximum production capacity

9,000 MT / year




Message from the President

 Mr. Belete Beyene

“The Amharic name for Plumpy’Nut® is “Nefis Aden” which literally means “life saver”. While some might regard this as an exaggeration, those who have witnessed the beneficial effects of Plumpy’Nut® will attest that it is very much a reality. Plumpy’Nut® is working wonders for severely malnourished children throughout Ethiopia as it is a magic formula and one that we at HILINA are proud to promote. In addition to standing guard for the children of Ethiopia, the fact that 70% of the raw materials required for the Plumpy’Nut® production are produced locally translates into many positive spin-off effects for the local economy.”


Photo of Belete Beyne