Ireland’s Kerry Group is building a new food technology and innovation centre in Brisbane with support from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.
The facility, which will comprise pilot plants, laboratories and tasting facilities, will also house the company’s new headquarters for Australia and New Zealand.
Christine Giuliano, General Manager, Kerry Australia and New Zealand, said the Brisbane-based centre will have access to Kerry’s global R&D network, insights, market knowledge, and culinary and applications expertise and will allow the company to reduce time to market for new product development.
“The facility will bring the benefits of our global technologies to local food and beverage producers – supporting regional industry development,” Mr Giuliano said.
“Considering Queensland’s alignment with Kerry’s growth strategies, we are looking forward to supporting a strong, sustainable and critical food and beverage manufacturing sector in the region.”
The food and beverage industry is Australia’s largest manufacturing sector, accounting for more than 18% (or A$50 billion) of Australia’s total manufacturing turnover each year.