SOUTH AFRICA, Hammarsdale. Food company Kerry announced the opening of its new taste manufacturing facility on the African continent. The €38M facility is located in South Africa and is focused on the production of sustainable nutrition solutions for the African continent.
According to Kerry, the new facility represents the largest and most advanced taste manufacturing facility on the African continent. It is one of Kerry’s most environmentally efficient manufacturing sites with numerous sustainability features, including low energy usage equipment, solar power generation to reduce consumption from the local grid, waste heat capture and efficient water capture, reuse and reduction.
Commenting on the opening, Edmond Scanlon, CEO Kerry Group, said: “The opening of the facility in Hammarsdale is a significant step forward in helping to realise our vision of creating a world of sustainable nutrition. For 50 years, Kerry has focused on meeting local consumer needs grounded in great taste - one of the most important criteria in any food or beverage.”
Speaking at the launch event, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Nomalungelo Gina, said: “The project is recognised as a key strategic investment in the region of Kwa-Zulu Natal and within South Africa’s food manufacturing industry and has been included as part of the South African Presidential investment drive to stimulate sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth as the foundation for socio-economic transformation in the country. We are excited about this investment because it aligns very well with our re-imagined industrial strategy.”
Kerry is also expanding its Development and Application Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, to further support customers in East Africa and the development of sustainable food processing for the continent.
Paul Hewitt, Vice President of Sub Saharan Africa Kerry Group, said: “Kerry has had a presence in South Africa since 2011, and our success has been based on our ability to deliver truly authentic African taste by identifying traditional food and flavours and reimagining it into today’s modern context. More than understanding consumer taste, we are committed to predicting global and regional trends and innovating with our customers to lead the industry towards the next generation of sustainable African food and nutrition.“
Source: Kerry Group