Kerry opens new flavour plant – claimed as the most advanced in Africa!

Kerry, one of the world’s leading flavour and nutrition companies, has officially opened an impressive new factory in KZN.

Dubbed “the largest and most advanced taste manufacturing facility on the African continent, the new 10 000 m2 facility in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, has been built at a cost of R650m (€38m).

It is one of the company’s most environmentally efficient manufacturing sites with low energy usage equipment, solar power generation to reduce consumption from the local grid, waste heat capture and efficient water capture, reuse and reduction.

The official opening was attended by Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Nomalungelo Gina; KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Ravi Pillay; and Ambassador of Ireland to the Republic of South Africa, Her Excellency Fionnuala Gilsenan.

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.

“Our suite of world-leading technologies combined with our expertise and now this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility ensures that we can continue to work with our customers to produce great tasting, nutritious products that are respectful of our planet.”

The project is recognised as a key strategic investment in the region of KZN and within South Africa’s food manufacturing industry, and has been included as part of the South Africa’s presidential investment drive.

“As the DTIC, we are excited about this investment because it aligns very well with our re-imagined industrial strategy. As a department, we undertook to support improved industrial performance, through localisation, dynamism and competitiveness of local companies,” said Gina.

Onicca Modjadji Mailula, Supply Chain Director, and Busisiwe Mkhwanazi, Marketing Director, outside the new KZN plant.

Big boost to capacity

The new plant will boost Kerry SA’s output capacity by 40%. The total capacity is 40 000 tons per annum with future expansion to 50 000 tons per annum, across four different technologies, including Dry Blending, Liquid Flavour Blending, Spray Drying, Reaction Flavours.

Paul Hewitt, Vice President, 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.

“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.”

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.

Source: Kerry Group

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