Kerry opens South African nutrition and taste ingredient manufacturing facility

Kerry calls the new facility the “largest and most advanced taste facility in Africa.”

Taste and nutrition ingredients company Kerry has opened an ingredient manufacturing facility in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, which it says “will produce sustainable nutrition solutions that will be consumed across the African continent.”

Kerry calls the €38 million, 10000-m2 facility “the largest and most advanced taste manufacturing facility on the African continent.” The facility is one of the company’s most environmentally efficient manufacturing sites, it says, featuring everything from low-energy-usage equipment and solar power generation to waste heat capture and efficient water capture, reuse, and reduction.

Speaking at the facility’s opening on May 9, Nomalungelo Gina, South Africa’s deputy minister of trade, industry, and competition, said, “The project is recognized 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 socioeconomic transformation in the country. We are excited about this investment because it aligns very well with our reimagined industrial strategy.”

Paul Hewitt, vice president, Sub-Saharan Africa, Kerry Group, said, “South Africa is in a unique position to service East, Central, as well as West Africa, and we look forward to working with food and beverage companies to create products that will be enjoyed across the continent.”