Kerry has opened a 21,500-sq-ft state-of-the-art facility at its Jeddah operation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company has invested almost $90 million in the region over the past four years. The facility, Kerry’s largest in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) region, will produce nutritious, sustainable food ingredients that will be distributed across the Middle East.
As part of Kerry’s Beyond the Horizon sustainability commitment, the new facility was built on state-of-the-art ready-to-eat standard of design and construction to uphold the strictest customer requirements for hygiene and food safety. Its stringent humidity and temperature-controlled environment ensures all materials are always fresh and ready to use anytime. The facility is FSSC 22000, HACCP, ISO 22000, and AIBI certified.
Through the new facility, which currently employs 130 people, Kerry will utilize its global innovation technologies that are adapted to local tastes to help food and beverage companies meet the growing consumer demand in the region for healthier, tastier, and more sustainable food and beverages, particularly in snack, meat, and bakery sectors.
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“Today’s consumer-led food revolution and the world’s environmental challenges are driving accelerated change and reshaping the entire food industry. The opening of our new facility at our Jeddah site is part of our commitment to continuing to grow our presence across the Middle East where we have invested over €80m since 2018,” Edmond Scanlon, chief executive of Kerry Group, says. “Our continued growth and investment reflect the growing number of consumers in the region who are adopting a more proactive approach to their health and wellbeing and want to be able to consume food and beverage products that support their goals while also being respectful of our environment. This new facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East and is one of the most modern and efficient in the world, offering top-in-class sustainable nutrition technology platforms and laboratories equipped with unique testing capabilities while also being sustainable.”