Kerry opens taste facility in Indonesia

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The facility includes a manufacturing site, a R&D pilot plant, and a sampling hub.

Kerry (Tralee, Ireland) has opened a taste manufacturing facility in Karawang, West Java, Indonesia. The company says this new facility significantly expands its taste services in Southeast Asia.

The 50,000-m2 facility is the company’s largest investment in the region so far and includes a manufacturing site, a research and development pilot plant, and a sampling hub. It is geared to help customers in Southeast Asia develop products, including beverages, snacks, and bakery items, inspired by popular local and traditional cuisines. The facility also prioritizes sustainability, meeting the latest energy efficiency standards, the company says.

According to a company press release, “With an estimated value of close to €1 billion and growing rapidly, the Southeast Asian taste market presents an exceptional opportunity for companies prioritizing development and innovation in the food and beverage industry. The Indonesian government’s ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ initiative has emphasized the significance of the food and beverage sector in propelling the nation towards becoming one of the world’s top-10 economies by 2030.”

John Cahalane, president and CEO of Kerry Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, added, “As the largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is in a unique position to support the regional market. 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.”