Kerry Group, the global ingredients, flavours, and consumer foods group, showed its commitment to the Irish food industry, in 2012, with a €100 million investment in a Global Technology and Innovation Centre in Naas, Co. Kildare. The 28-acre campus serves the Group’s global and regional customers in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region.
The Centre is a focal point for all scientific research, technology and product development and innovation within the Kerry Group.
The decision by Kerry Group to invest in Ireland reflects the potential in Irish food research capacity and capability. Kerry Group said the establishment of this new global technology and innovation centre is consistent with the Group’s 1 Kerry Strategy for Sustainable Growth, providing its customers with access to Kerry’s total technical and innovation capability to optimise product differentiation in the marketplace and provide unrivalled speed to market. Working in tandem with the Group’s existing technology and innovation facilities, the new centre will focus Group-wide capability to drive strategic customer engagement and sustainable growth.
Furthermore, the group says the Centre provides significant career development opportunities, supporting functional and business leadership development throughout the Kerry organisation, while also accelerating graduate/early career development, talent management and training.
Kerry Group is now the largest player in the ingredients and flavours market, and a leading supplier of added value brands and customer branded foods to Irish and UK markets. The group has 150 manufacturing facilities worldwide and sales in 140 countries and employs 24,000 people globally through its manufacturing, sales, technology and application centres across Europe, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asian markets.
Kerry's Ingredients & Flavours division develops, manufactures and delivers technology-based ingredients and taste solutions and pharma, nutritional and functional ingredients for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets.