Kerry Group has opened its first ingredients production facility in Russia, which will be located in the Istra district of Moscow.
The new 7,000 square-metre site includes a production and warehouse complex and will employ over 50 people, and production at the site will begin immediately.
The site will predominately produce ingredients for the meat processing and snacks market, and will be capable of producing approximately 26,000 tonnes of finished product a year once the site is fully operational.
Kerry says that the new facility will allow the company to meet the “increased local demand for products that meet local consumer taste and nutrition preferences.”
Products produced at the facility will be available throughout Russia and former CIS countries such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.
Edmond Scanlon Kerry Group chief executive said: “Kerry has been in business in Russia for over 12 years, we opened our regional development and application centre in 2014, and the building of this state-of-the-art facility was for us the next logical step in the development of our business in the region.
“Over the years, our business here has gone from strength to strength and as the Russian food industry has developed and expanded, so have we and so has our customer base.
“This facility means we can now deliver an even better service and get closer to our customers in this part of the world, while offering locally produced goods, using locally sourced raw materials.”
Olivier Picard, managing director, Kerry Russia added: “We believe in the development of the Russian market – the volume of retail trade in the country, according to forecasters, will increase by 6.8% by 2020 and we believe we can play a part in this and in the growth of foodservice.
“Additionally, the Russian Federation is the main gateway to the countries of the customs union and the CIS, areas we also see providing future growth potential.”
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