Kerry, an Ireland-based food company, has officially inaugurated a taste manufacturing facility in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia. Spanning across 50,000 square meters, this facility represents a substantial expansion of Kerry’s portfolio in Southeast Asia, catering to the rapidly developing markets in the region.
The facility represents the largest greenfield investment by the company in Southeast Asia. It comprises a manufacturing site, research and development pilot plant, and a sampling hub. With a diverse range of process technologies, it enables the creation of authentic taste experiences, drawing inspiration from popular local and traditional cuisines. The Karawang facility will provide support to Kerry’s food and beverage customers across various food categories, including beverage, snacks, and bakery, which are among the company’s rapidly expanding end-use markets.
Aligning with Kerry’s Beyond the Horizon sustainability strategy, the company has given priority to sustainability initiatives throughout the facility. The company claims that all utility equipment within the facility has been designed to meet the latest energy efficiency standards.
The Southeast Asian market, valued at nearly USD 1.1 billion and displaying rapid growth, offers a remarkable prospect for companies focusing on development and innovation within the food and beverage industry. The Indonesian Government’s ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ initiative recognizes the pivotal role of the food and beverage sector in driving the country’s ambition to be among the world’s top 10 economies by 2030.
(Source: Dairy Foods & Kerry)