Kerry opens new regional development & application centre in Durban

Kerry, the global ingredients & flavours and consumer foods group, has opened a new Development & Application Centre in Durban. The sophisticated facility will serve Kerry’s expanding global, regional and local customer base in Sub-Saharan Africa was officially opened by Stan McCarthy, Kerry Group Chief Executive, in the presence of Ireland’s Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Brendan McMahon.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Stan McCarthy said the new centre will serve as a platform to expand the Group’s presence in Africa, capitalising on sectoral growth opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa and meeting the requirements of Kerry customers in what is the second fastest-growing region of the world.

Kerry Centre Opening
(L-R) Ryan Ponquett, Vice President, Research Development and Applications Sub Saharan Africa; Craig Henry, MD Kerry Sub Saharan Africa; Scott Scharinger, President EMEA Developing Markets; Ireland’s Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Brendan McMahon; Stan McCarthy, CEO Kerry Group; Eoin O’Connell, President & CEO Kerry EMEA.
Kerry Sweet Lab
The Sweet Technology Laboratory.

He said “With over €1-billion Kerry Group revenue in developing markets, we are firmly focused on our developing markets growth strategy.

“Our customers are significantly broadening their presence in such fast-growing markets – hence the strategic importance of our new Regional Development & Application Centre in Durban which will support the day-to-day requirements of Kerry customers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The new centre will work closely with the Group’s Global Technology & Innovation Centre for EMEA markets that is currently under construction in Ireland.

“Following on from our recent key investments in South Africa, including our acquisitions of FlavourCraft, Cargill’s flavours business and Orley Foods, this development further affirms our commitment to growth in Africa.

“We will align our Kerry Taste and Nutritional offerings with local market trends and consumer demand to drive innovation across industry growth categories including the meat, sauce, prepared foods, snack, bakery, confectionery and beverage sectors”.

He added “Kerry’s Durban Centre will support our global customers who are expanding their regional footprint, whilst bringing the benefits of the Group’s leading technology portfolio to local food and beverage producers”.