A world leader in taste and nutrition, Kerry has officially opened its Southern Europe Innovation Centre in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the ongoing expansion of its presence in the region serving Spain, Portugal, Italy and France.
The new facility will combine Kerry’s current office in Barcelona with a new customer suite and applications labs, and will operate in conjunction with technology centers in Vigo and Granada, as well as the global taste centers of excellence in Grasse in France and Mozzo in Italy. It will allow Kerry to work more closely with customers in the South European region to develop solutions across food and beverage categories.
“This investment will help us respond to our customers’ needs at pace, as we work closely together in partnership to deliver sustainable nutrition to consumers through our globally connected, locally led approach,” said Juan Soto, VP and general manager for Kerry South Europe. “Kerry’s strategic investments in the region underscore the emergence of Southern Europe as a very significant base for food manufacturing and innovation. We are excited to further the delivery of our insights and technologies across taste, plant based, food waste and health and biopharma across the region.”
Kerry has been supporting food and beverage manufacturers in Southern Europe for decades, with sites located across Italy, France, and Spain. The company established its first commercial office in Barcelona in 1998, while its first manufacturing investment in Spain came with the acquisition of Vendin (2016). The company has more recently completed the strategic acquisitions of Hasenosa, Pevesa, and Biosearch Life. The launch of the new center brings Kerry’s investment in Iberia to more than €200 million in the last four years.