Taste and nutrition solutions firm Kerry Group announced Thursday that its new coatings manufacturing plant has opened in Rome, GA that will produce solutions for the coated poultry, seafood, appetizer and alternative meat categories.
The company said its $125 million project to update the 360,000 sq ft production site is the largest capital investment in its history. Kerry’s new plant contains production capabilities for Japanese breadcrumb (panko style), cracker meal, and breader blends. Its production lines for cracker meal and Japanese breadcrumb are currently in operation and the blending lines are slated to start up later in 2021.
“Our investment in this best-in-class production facility underscores Kerry’s commitment to delivering high-demand coatings to meet our customers’ current and emerging needs. Used in combination with our unrivalled taste and nutrition technologies and expertise, our coatings portfolio can deliver on virtually on any product need,” said Daryl Adel, meat end use market executive for Kerry, in a company release. “We’re excited to be at the forefront of coatings technologies and capacity and look forward to supporting our customers’ growth through our flagship facility in Rome, and our four other coatings production facilities in North America.”
Kerry’s Rome plant uses 100% renewable electricity and will reach zero waste to landfill by the end of this year.
Paired with the opening of the facility, Kerry also debuted a new online custom coating creator tool enabling customers to explore its coating, flavor, and taste solutions.
“The coating creator helps showcase Kerry’s ability to customize coatings through our unsurpassed portfolio of taste and nutrition technologies to achieve any product vision for our customers,” Adel said. “What sets Kerry apart from our competitors is our unique ability to embed Kerry’s flavor, seasoning, smoke and grill, and consumer-friendly preservation into a complete coating solution that achieves nutritional objectives while delivering on key consumer drivers of liking.”