Kerry to build food tech, innovation center in Queensland, Australia

Kerry is developing a purpose-built food technology and innovation center of excellence in Queensland, Australia, which will include pilot plants, laboratories, and tasting facilities.

Kerry is developing a purpose-built food technology and innovation center of excellence in Queensland, Australia, which will include pilot plants, laboratories, and tasting facilities. It will also act as its new headquarters in Australia and New Zealand while its current facility in Sydney retains a specialist R&D applications hub.

“The new facility aligns with Kerry’s globally-recognized innovation strategy focused on value creation for the consumer, as it reflects changing industry needs and unlocks sector growth opportunities in Australia and New Zealand,” said Christine Giuliano, general manager, Kerry Australia and New Zealand, in a press release. “More importantly, it will bring the benefits of our global technologies to local food and beverage producers, supporting regional industry development. Our team at the new center will be able to leverage Kerry’s R&D network around the world, as well as global insights, market knowledge, and culinary and applications expertise to customize solutions that ultimately deliver exciting products that resonate with the local market.”

The new center will bring end-to-end food innovation cycle under one roof, reducing time-to- market for new product development and increasing Kerry’s capacity to drive food innovation in the region. It will also create ongoing employment opportunities for graduates through Kerry’s Graduate Program and facilitate placements via partnerships with local universities.

“We are committed to investing in local talent and developing the next generation of Australian food scientists,” said Giuliano. “Considering Queensland’s alignment with Kerry’s growth strategies, we are looking forward to supporting a strong, sustainable and critical food and beverage manufacturing sector in the region.”