Kerry has opened a new 50,000-square-metre manufacturing facility in Karawang, in the Indonesian province of West Java.
The site, which is Kerry’s largest greenfield investment in Southeast Asia, is said to “significantly expand” the company’s taste offering in the region through the delivery of localised products to its fast-growing markets.
The facility will consist of a manufacturing site, an R&D pilot plant and a sampling hub. According to Kerry, its wide range of process technologies will enable the creation of authentic taste experiences, drawing inspiration from popular local and traditional cuisines.
With a focus on beverage, snacks and bakery, the plant will provide support to the company’s food and beverage customers across all food categories.
Kerry stated that all utility equipment at the facility has been designed to the latest energy efficiency standards.
Edmond Scanlon, Kerry Group CEO, commented: “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.”
John Cahalane, president & CEO of Kerry Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, said: “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.”
He continued: “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.”
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