Kerry opens “state-of-the-art” taste facility Indonesia
Kerry has opened a “state of the art” facility in Karawang, Indonesia, to “deliver localised products to its fast-growing markets”.
Kerry, a provider of taste and nutrition solutions, has officially opened a new state-of-the-art taste manufacturing facility in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia.
The manufacturing facility is a 50,000m facility that the company says “significantly expands” Kerry’s taste offering in Southeast Asia (SEA) by delivering localised products to its fast-growing markets.
Kerry has said that this facility is its largest greenfield investment in SEA and includes a manufacturing site, research and development pilot plant, and a sampling hub.
It is reportedly equipped with a “wide range of process technologies” that it says “will enable the creation of authentic taste experiences, inspired by popular local and traditional cuisines”.
The Karawang facility will be supporting Kerry’s food and beverage customers in all food categories, including beverage, snacks, and bakery.
Commenting on the new facility, Edmond Scanlon, Kerry Group CEO, said: “The opening of our state-of-the-art facility will not only expand our reach into the flourishing Southeast Asian taste market but also revolutionise the way sustainable nutrition is embraced in the region. By collaborating with leading food and beverage manufacturers, we will harness our global technologies to create products that resonate with Asian consumers’ specific taste preferences.”
Kerry has prioritised sustainability initiatives across the entire facility, something that comes as part of its Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy. According to the company “all utility equipment has been designed to the latest energy efficiency standards”.
At the inauguration ceremony, dignitaries from Indonesia and Ireland were present, including Nurul Ichwan, Indonesia’s Deputy for Investment Promotion, Ministry of Investment; H.E. Padraig Francis, Ambassador of Ireland to Indonesia; Tom Moran, Kerry Group Board Chairman; Edmond Scanlon, Kerry Group CEO; along with trade association leaders and community officials.
Kerry has said that the South Asian Taste market presents an “exceptional opportunity” for companies prioritising development and innovation in the food and beverage industry”.
“As the largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is in a unique position to support the regional market. Our cutting-edge Karawang facility will spearhead creation of the next generation of sustainable food and nutrition in Asia, with a focus on taste, functionality, health, and wellness,” said John Cahalane, President & CEO, Kerry Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa.
“With our sustainability initiatives, we aim to minimise the environmental impact of our activities, while fostering positive social impact through local employment and community engagement. The opening of the Karawang facility is a significant step forward in realising our vision of creating a world of sustainable nutrition.
“Innovating with our customers, we will create delicious products with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring a better impact for the planet. Working together, we can usher in a new era of sustainable nutrition,” concluded Cahalane.