Kerry has opened an approximately 540,000-sq-ft, state-of-the-art taste manufacturing facility in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia, which significantly expands Kerry’s taste offering in Southeast Asia (SEA) by delivering localized products.
The facility is the company’s largest greenfield investment in SEA and includes a manufacturing site, research and development pilot plant, and a sampling hub. Its wide range of process technologies will enable the creation of authentic taste experiences, based on popular local and traditional cuisines. The Karawang facility will support Kerry’s food and beverage customers in all food categories, including beverage, snacks, and bakery.
Sustainability initiatives across the entire facility have been prioritized, and all utility equipment has been designed to the latest energy-efficiency standards.
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“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,” says Kerry Group CEO Edmond Scanlon. “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 nearly $1 billion, the Southeast Asian taste market presents an appealing opportunity for food and beverage manufacturing companies.
“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,” states John Cahalane, president & CEO, Kerry Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. “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.”