Kerry Group has announced that it will invest €30 million in a new taste facility in Indonesia.

The development will be the business’s second manufacturing facility in the city of Karawang, and third facility overall in the southeast Asian country.

The new facility will be Kerry’s largest ever capital investment in southeast Asia, in what the group identifies as a fast-growing market.

The project will comprise a flavour manufacturing site along with a sampling hub and a research and development pilot plant.

Announcing the plans today (Monday, April 19), Kerry said that “a wide-range” of flavour technologies will be manufactured at the plant.

“As part of its goal to create a world of sustainable nutrition, Kerry is committed to meeting the growing demand from customers within Indonesia and southeast Asia,” commented Antione Nourrain, general manager of Kerry Taste APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa).

“Our focus is on delivering world class products to our customers and consumers. This new investment is made with current and future customer needs in mind and the important role that taste can play in enabling the transition to healthier and more sustainable diets,” he added.

Kerry says that the design of the new facility will include an on-site wastewater treatment plant. The company says that the planned project meets the criteria of Kerry’s ‘Horizon’ sustainability strategy, which entails “new standards” in energy and water consumption while cutting emissions.

Construction on the site has started and the plant is expected to be operational in late 2022.

John Savage, CEO of Kerry Global Taste, said: “This new facility will strengthen our competitiveness as we work with customers to deliver out taste portfolio.”

He noted that the southeast Asia market is valued at around €900 million and continues to grow, with a “huge opportunity for further development and innovation”.