Uzbekistan - Country Commercial Guide
Food Processing

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-10-14

Overview

Uzbekistan seeks to increase the production and export of high-value added food products. The country’s food processing industry has substantial room to grow, given current capacity shortfalls. Only 15% of the 20 million tons of fruits and vegetables grown each year is processed for longer shelf-life, while 30% is lost due to insufficient storage and processing capacity.  Only 16% of meat and milk is processed. Uzbekistan’s 1,500 existing refrigerated warehouses can accomodate only 4.5% of the harvest, and the government plans to triple its cold-storage chain capacity by 2025.  The current development plan calls for adding 3.4 million tons of processing capacity by 2030, accommodating 30% of the harvest.

 

2017

2018

2019

2020 estimated

Total Local Production

4,534

3,130

3,781

4,000

Total Exports

876

1,097

1,518

1,800

Total Imports

1,274

1,581

1,885

2,200

Imports from the US

0.03

0.9

0.05

N/A

Total Market Size*

4,932

3,614

4,148

4,400

Exchange Rates**

5,121

8,069

8,839

10,200

*Total market size = (total local production + imports) – exports
**Exchange Rates = Uzbek soums per $1
Units: $ millions
Source: The State Statistics committee of Uzbekistan.  Data for 2020 was estimated by Post using company project implementation progress reports.  Imports from the U.S.  data is from the U.S.  census bureau. 

Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Juices
  • Fruit and vegetable processing
  • Meat and milk processing
  • Packaging material (cardboard, paper, aluminum foil, stretch films)
  • Compact processing machinery for use by small businesses

Opportunities

The best sector opportunities in production and processing/packaging equipment supply lie in the areas of juice, fruit, vegetable, meat and milk processing.  Uzbekistan’s government encourages private sector development in these areas.  The greatest demand for packaging material is for cardboard, paper, aluminum foil, and stretch films.  Small businesses have a great need for small-scale equipment.      

For specific opportunities, businesses should contact companies involved in Uzbekistan’s food processing sector.  Some of the larger companies currently doing business in food processing in Uzbekistan include Nestle, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo.  Local companies prefer working with a foreign partner and value foreign management, technology, technical expertise, and export market access.

Web Resources

U.S. companies and individuals interested in learning more about the food processing and packaging sectors in Uzbekistan, upcoming procurements, and export opportunities are encouraged to visit the following websites: