Expanding its taste offerings in Southeast Asia (SEA), Kerry (Ireland) has officially opened a new state-of-the-art taste manufacturing facility in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia.
This new 50,000 m2 facility will help deliver localized products to the region’s fast-growing markets, the company stated.
The facility is the company’s largest greenfield investment in SEA and will encompass a manufacturing site, research and development pilot plant and a sampling hub. Its range of process technologies will enable the creation of authentic taste experiences, inspired by popular local and traditional cuisines, according to Kerry. The Karawang facility will support the company’s food and beverage customers in all food categories, including beverage, snacks and bakery, which are among its fastest growing end use markets.
As part of Kerry’s Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy, the company said that it has prioritized sustainability initiatives across the entire facility and all utility equipment has been designed to the latest energy efficiency standards.
“The opening of our state-of-the-art facility will not only expand our reach into the flourishing Southeast Asian taste market but also revolutionize the way sustainable nutrition is embraced in the region,” said Edmond Scanlon, Kerry Group CEO. “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.”
With an estimated value of close to €1 billion and growing rapidly, the Southeast Asian Taste market presents an opportunity for companies prioritizing development and innovation in the food and beverage industry. The Indonesian Government’s Making Indonesia 4.0 initiative has emphasized the significance of the food and beverage sector in propelling the nation toward becoming one of the world’s top 10 economies by 2030.
“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 and Africa said. “With our sustainability initiatives, we aim to minimize the environmental impact of our activities, while fostering positive social impact through local employment and community engagement.”
For more information, visit www.kerry.com.