INDONESIA – Kerry, a global provider of taste and nutrition solutions, has launched a 50,000-square-metre ‘state-of-art’ facility in Karawang, Indonesia, to deliver localised products to its fast-growing markets.

According to Kerry, the 50,000m manufacturing facility is the company’s largest greenfield investment in Southeast Asia (SEA) and includes a manufacturing site, research and development pilot plant, and a sampling hub.

Edmond Scanlon, Kerry Group CEO, noted that launching the state-of-the-art facility will not only expand the Group’s business into the flourishing Southeast Asian taste market but also revolutionise the way sustainable nutrition is embraced in the region.

“Our wide range of process technologies will enable us create authentic taste experiences, drawing inspiration from popular local and traditional cuisines,” he said.

He added that 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.

“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,” he added.

According to John Cahalane, president & CEO of Kerry Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Indonesia is placed in a unique position and the largest economy in Southeast Asia favourable to support the regional market.

“Our cutting-edge Karawang facility will spearhead the creation of the next generation of sustainable food and nutrition in Asia, with a focus on taste, functionality, health and wellness,” he said.

The CEO also revealed that the inauguration of the facility is a significant step forward in realising the company’s vision of creating a world of sustainable nutrition.

He added that Innovation will create delicious products with improved nutrition and functionality while ensuring a better impact on the universe ushering in a new era of sustainable nutrition.

Meanwhile, Kerry has also introduced Biobake EgR, an enzyme solution that is aimed to decrease the number of eggs needed in a variety of baking applications.

According to Kerry, the Biobake EgR has been developed for baked goods manufacturers to address the rising raw material costs of eggs.

“The new solution can enable European manufacturers to switch from caged to free-range or organic eggs without facing increased costs,” Kerry said in a statement announcing the launch.

Previously, Kerry Group revealed that the company was to acquire Colombian food technology company Proexcar S.A.S. in a deal estimated to be worth US$44m.

This acquisition strengthened Kerry’s offering and leadership position within the overall LATAM meat market, while also providing a platform for strategic development within the ANDEAN region.

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