Kerry Opens $50 Million Innovation and Technical Center

Kerry, the global ingredients and flavors and consumer foods group, today inaugurated its new state-of-the-art Kerry Center in Beloit, Wis., to spearhead customer product commercialization into the future.

The new 250,0000 square foot innovation and commercial center, completed at a cost of $50 million, was officially opened by Governor of Wisconsin Jim Doyle. Supporting Kerry’s integrated approach to meeting customer-specific innovation requirements and product solutions in the American food and beverage industries, the Kerry Center will provide industry access to all Kerry ingredients and flavors technologies through dedicated customer application suites, culinary theatres, sensory services and customer application pilot production facilities.

Speaking at the official opening of the Kerry Center in Beloit, Kerry Group Chief Executive Stan McCarthy said, “Our new customer-focused center of excellence builds on the Group’s ‘go-to-market’ strategy – leveraging Kerry’s unrivalled range of technology-based ingredients, flavors and integrated solutions in food and beverage growth markets.”

“Today’s consumer markets and changing food and beverage consumption trends call for renewed vigor in product innovation and development of cost-effective product solutions and menu offerings. Kerry’s systems approach to innovation capitalizes on our breadth of ingredients and flavors technologies and unique end-use-market applications capability – working in collaboration with our customers to derive maximum synergies from this industry-leading expertise. This creates real value for our customers by way of quick delivery of consumer-relevant product development, product improvements, cost reduction or process enhancement. Our new Wisconsin-based Kerry Center will be a key differentiator in meeting the product development needs of all major food and beverage processors and foodservice providers in American markets. It will also provide for scalable growth of Kerry’s ingredients and flavors business model and facilitate acquisition integration into the future,” he added.

Kerry Group is a world leader in food ingredients and flavors serving the food and beverage industry, and a leading provider of added value brands and customer branded foods to the Irish and UK markets. Serving customers in more than 140 countries, the Group has established manufacturing facilities in 23 different countries and international sales offices in an additional 20 countries across the globe. Spanning savory and dairy, cereal and sweet and beverage technology platforms, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours provides customized product applications to service customer needs across a wide range of end-use markets in the global food and beverage industries. Apart from the Kerry Center in Beloit, the Group has established Centers of Excellence in Ireland, the Netherlands and China – supported by satellite research facilities in all major markets.

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