The Irish food company The Kerry Group has opened a new plant in KwaZulu-Natal worth 38 million euros (650 million rupees), aimed at producing sustainable food for the continent.

Located in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, the new 10,000-square-foot facility is one of the company’s most environmentally efficient production sites with a variety of sustainability features, including low-energy equipment, solar power generation to reduce local consumption. networks, waste heat capture and efficient water capture, reuse and reduction.

The group, which has existed in South Africa since 2011, produces a range of food products, including frozen dishes, hot and cold pies, processed meats and dairy spreads. Well-known brands include Dairygold, Denny and Richmond.

“The opening of the Hammarsdale facility is a significant step forward in realizing our vision of creating a world of sustainable nutrition,” said Chief Executive Officer Edmond Scanlan.

“For 50 years, Kerry has focused on meeting the needs of local consumers based on excellent taste – one of the most important criteria in any food or drink.”

South African Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Namalungelo Gina said the plant is a significant investment in the province’s economy and is expected to bring benefits, including increased employment.

“The project is recognized as a key strategic investment in the KwaZulu-Natal region and in South Africa’s food industry and was included as part of South Africa’s Presidential Investment Facility to promote sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth as a basis for socio-economic transformation.

“We are thrilled with these investments because they fit very well with our rethought industrial strategy.”

Paul Hewitt, vice president of sub-Saharan Africa from the Kerry Group, said the plant would also help the group expand its operations to the rest of Africa.

“South Africa is in a unique position to serve East, Central and West Africa and we look forward to working with food and beverage companies to create products that will be enjoyed across the continent,” he said.

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