Kerry Group investing in US food manufacturing facility

By Jim Cornall

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Kerry's plant in Rome, Georgia. Pic: Kerry
Kerry's plant in Rome, Georgia. Pic: Kerry

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Irish based Kerry Group is investing $125m in its Rome, Georgia, site to create a new food manufacturing facility.

This is Kerry’s largest ever capital expenditure investment and when complete, the company said the 360,000 sq. ft facility will be one of the most modern and efficient facilities of its kind in the world with the highest standards of food safety.

The facility will produce integrated taste and nutrition solutions to help customers meet growing consumer demand in the poultry, seafood and alternative protein markets. 

As part of Kerry’s sustainability agenda, the new facility will use 100% renewable electricity and will incorporate other sustainable initiatives including zero waste to landfill, bulk receiving and energy efficient equipment.

The upgraded facility will employ more than 400 people during the construction phase and have more than 100 full-time positions once the facility is fully operational.

Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by early 2021 which will more than double the production capacity of the existing site within the same footprint.

Kerry said this will significantly increase capacity in its largest market to meet the growing demand.

Gerry Behan, CEO of Kerry Taste & Nutrition, North America said, “North America is our largest market, and as such it is fitting that it is here that we announce our largest ever capital expenditure investment.

“This new facility will be one of the most advanced and modern food manufacturing facilities in the world which will support our customers as they produce tasty and nutritious food products which will be consumed all across the US and Canada.

Behan said the consumer-led food revolution and the world’s environmental challenges are driving accelerated change and reshaping the entire food industry.

“World-class facilities, such as this one in Georgia, combined with our technology portfolio and our fantastic people allows us to co-create with our customers to produce tasty and nutritious food products that meet changing consumer demand.”

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