Putting Georgia on the Coffee Map

Putting Georgia on the Coffee Map

MEAMA, the first ever Georgian coffee brand was established in 2016 with the goal of offering high quality locally roasted coffee, packed in capsules or as coffee beans in tins. In addition, the company offers a range of attractive accessories such as coffee makers, cups, etc. Apart from supplying the Georgian market, the company exports its products to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

In order to achieve the aspiration of becoming the best-in-class coffee producer, the company invested in a state-of-the art production building, in high-tech production machinery for coffee and capsule processing, in water and waste management systems as well as in Health and Safety. The new production plant covers the entire process from green coffee beans to the capsule. The enterprise possesses ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certificates.

Environmental aspects played a leading role in the design of the building that is housing manufacturing facilities, offices and a large coffee tasting showroom. The interior of the building is flooded with natural light, created by several planted lightwells and numerous skylights located in the building. The most defining feature of the Meama Coffee Factory is its 3,680 m2 green roof. Fully covered by wild grasses and accessible to the factory staff, the green roof blends well into the surrounding landscape, acting as an additional thermal barrier to the roof insulation. The striking production and office building was selected as the best office in the world by the ‘Architizer Awards 2020’. Also, in 2019 Meama was revealed as a grand prize winner of the ‘Archdaily & Strelka Awards’ in the Best Industrial Building category.

Part of the investment was financed through a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan and a 15% grant, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union. With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Commission Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 of 22 December 2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
    • Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC and further
      modifications
    • Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs

Loan Amount

€ 2,991,341

Grant amount

€ 448,701

Invested in

State-of-the-art production building, coffee processing and packaging machinery, water and waste management systems

EU Directives met

Regulation on food safety and environmental sustainability

Primary Energy Savings

34 MWh/year

GHG Savings

3t CO2/year

LTD Caucas Metal

LTD Caucas Metal

LTD Caucas Metal was founded in 2009 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The company covers a wide range of activities in the metal sector, including metal import for sale and distribution to Georgian construction companies. The product range includes sheet metals, fencing, metal beams, pipes and wires but also metal made auxiliary equipment used by construction companies.

In order to expand its capacity and meet the growing demand for construction materials in Georgia, the company decided to invest in the construction of a new processing building as well as in the purchase and installation of innovative and more environmentally friendly metal processing equipment.

The modernized production facilities have improved the working conditions and safety of employees and also made the production processes more energy efficient. In addition, the new facility is less energy intensive and has reduced the carbon footprint of the company by more than 80tCO2 per year.

The investment was financed with a EU4Business-EBRD Credit line loan and the company received free-of-charge technical support from the team of international experts or the optimization of the investment. After the successful project verification LTD Caucas Metal received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2014/35/ relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast)
    • Directive 2014/30/EU relating to electromagnetic compatibility (recast).
    • Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency

Loan Amount

€ 494,902

Grant amount

€ 74,235

Invested in

Construction of the new production building and purchase and installation of modern equipment

EU Directives met

Regulation related to Health and Safety of the workers and environmental protection

Primary Energy Savings

918.93 MWh/year

GHG Savings

81.07t CO2/year

High Quality Roads

High Quality Roads

LTD Autogzatechnika was established in September 2017 as a provider of road construction and road rehabilitation services. Improving the quality of roads in Georgia is an important element supporting the expansion of trade between Georgia and European countries. As more Georgian producers of a wide variety of goods are investing in the alignment with EU Directives and expanding their deliveries to European markets, they increasingly depend on smooth transportation routes. Road transport is a frequent choice. Autogaztechnika supports the Georgian producers and transport companies by constructing and rehabilitating roads.

The company invested in a range of road building equipment, with the help of a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. The investment included a track loader, a self-leveling planer, an articulate tandem roller as well as transportation vehicles.

The new equipment is faster and ensures a higher quality road finish, while consuming less fuel than the old equipment previously used in the road building processes. The new vehicles offer comfortable and safe working conditions for the operators.

After successfully completing the  project verification process the company received 15% of the loan amount as a cash-back grant, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Regulation (EC) N. 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type- approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefore
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC

Loan Amount

€ 1,011,753

Grant amount

€ 151,763

Invested in

Road building equipment

EU Directives met

EU standards for general safety of motor vehicles and machinery

Primary Energy Savings

564 MWh/year

GHG Savings

151t CO2/year

The Georgian Company Indico Builds Better Roads

The Georgian Company Indico Builds Better Roads

On June 20th 2018, the EU ambassador to Georgia visited the road construction company “Indico” funded under the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line. LTD Indico was founded in 1996 in western Georgia, in the small city of Senaki, and is currently one of the 37,000 enterprises in Georgia that have benefited from the European Union’s EU4Business initiative. Just a little more than two years ago, LTD Indico took the loan under the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line and purchased sand and gravel processing machines, two excavators, four trucks and a portable compressor. Through these investments, the company has been able to boost its productivity replacing old technology with environmentally friendly updates and enhancing quality, as well as improving standards of health and safety, in line with recommendations provided by the project consultants.  Today, LTD Indico is a leading road construction company in Georgia, fully compliant with the EU’s road construction directives. As a beneficiary of the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line, Indico received free-of-charge technical assistance and, after successful verification of the project, received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback funded by the EU4Business initiative.

The EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line is part of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, which was signed between Georgia and European Union in 2014. The agreement includes the establishment of a free trade area between Georgia and EU, the world’s largest trading block, offering Georgian firms stable and preferential access to a market of 500 million consumers. In this context, the EBRD and EU have joined forces to help small and medium-sized enterprises make the most of their European Union ambitions. The joined EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line is a best in class financial support programme designed especially for Georgian SMEs, offering grant support and free of charge technical support to its beneficiaries.

LTD Indico, as one of the beneficiaries of the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line, is an excellent example how small and medium-sized enterprises in Georgia can operate in compliance with the EU standards, create jobs and improve the quality of the product and increase their income.

“With modern equipment and European standards implemented, we hope to be tasked with the construction of highways and roads for better connectivity, and to play our modest part in boosting trade and prosperity for the good of our country,” concludes Ioseb Gadelia, the founder of the road construction company Indico.  

Hotel Tbilisi

Hotel Tbilisi

IBIS Hotel Tbilisi is located in the very heart of Tbilisi and was stylishly designed and built to satisfy the standards of those who look for the best. The comprehensive project included construction works and the installation of building technologies that meet the EU standards for energy efficiency in buildings. In addition investments were made into hotel equipment for guest rooms and kitchens, aligning these important hospitality areas with EU standards for health and safety as well as food safety. The project as a whole surpasses the part of the investment financed through the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line. The investments financed through other means include furniture and decorations, which position the IBIS hotel amongst the top destinations in Tbilisi.

In the specification of building measures and technical equipment installed, the hotel’s management received free-of-charge technical advice from the team of international experts, who support the implementation of the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line.

After successfully completing the project verification process the company received 15% of the loan amount as a cash-back grant, which is funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2014/35/EU relating to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits
    • EEIG-EU standards for Hotels
    • BS 7176 and BS 7177 standards
    • Directive on 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the council on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2005/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2008/8/EC and 2006/32/EC
    • 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings
    • Directive 2006/12/EC on waste
    • Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste
    • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer
    • REGULATION (EC) No 178/2002 on laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food
    • Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2005/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2008/8/EC and 2006/32/EC;

Loan Amount

€ 3 million

Grant amount

€ 450,000

EU Directives met

EU standards for hotels, energy efficiency directive, hazardous waste, electrical equipment, food, etc

Invested in

Hotel building and technical equipment

Frozen Pastry Production

Frozen Pastry Production

Food Alliance LLC produces frozen bakery products and is located in Natakhatari village, Georgia. Currently the company offers a wide variety frozen pastry goods, which are sold throughout Georgia.

Frozen pastry-bakery products have an enormous market potential as they solve several very important problems for HoReCa and supermarket chains. To offer freshly baked pastries, these retailers have to produce these bakery goods on site. While onsite production has several advantages, it is also very expensive if done from scratch. A Frozen product makes it possible to have a wide variety in the assortment with much longer shelf life.

Food Alliance LLC understood and responded to this demand with the main goal producing and providing high-quality frozen pastry-bakery products for customers, using modern CE certified equipment and technologies in the production processes.

The investment was financed with a EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line loan. In addition to he loan the company received free-of-charge technical advice on the optimization of the investment from the team of international experts.

After the successful project verification LLC Food Alliance received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • Directive 2014/35/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits Text with EEA relevance
    • Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast) (Text with EEA relevance)Directive 2006/12/EC on waste and directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste
    • Directive 2014/68/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of pressure equipment Text with EEA relevance
    • Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC (Text with EEA relevance)
    • Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety
    • ISO 22000:2005 certification

Loan Amount

€ 306,429

Grant amount

€ 45,964

EU Directives met

Regulations on food safety

Invested in

Production building and processing machinery

Energy Savings and GHG reduction

330.57 MWh/year

Kvareli Lake Resort

Kvareli Lake Resort

The LTD Kvareli Lake Resort (hotel and restaurant), which is owned by the m-Group, spreads over 300 hectares of beautiful natural landscape in the heart of Kakheti, one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia, East of the small city of Kvareli, beneath the southern slope of Great Caucasus mountains. The m-Group was established in 2005 and currently manages 6 hotel and restaurant objects in Tbilisi and Kvareli, each with a unique concept, targeting various price segments. The m-Group is the leading brand in Georgian HoReCa sector and was the first in former CIS countries to obtain ISO9001:2000 and HACCP certification, with the clear mission of introducing Western standards, ensuring purpose orientation, social responsibility and providing customers with innovations.

The investment project was designed to bring Kvareli Lake Resort into full compliance with Georgian regulation and with applicable EU Directives. The project includes the refurbishment of the buildings and interior to a high standard, whilst minimizing energy consumption, optimizing fire safety and health and safety.

After the successful project verification LTD Kvareli Lake Resort received 15% of the loan amount as a grant cashback, funded under the EU4Business initiative of the European Union.

With the investment, the company now meets a wide variety of European standards, including:

    • EU Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings;
    • EU Directive 2009/125/EC establishing framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for energy-related products;
    • Directive 2010/30/EU on the indication by labelling and standard product information of the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products;
    • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer;
    • Directive 2006/12/EC on waste;
    • Directive 2000/60/EC establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy.

Loan Amount

€ 1,670,712 (85% of the total investement)

Grant amount

€ 250,607

EU Directives met

Regulations on Building Energy Performance, eco-design, energy consumption, waste and water policy

Invested in

Comprehensive buildingrefurbishment, including energetic, security and safety aspects as well as interior equipment