Kerry has launched its coating production facility in Rome, Georgia. The recently expanded Rome site provides significant capacity, advanced capabilities and customized coating solutions.
The coating solutions are designed to help foodservice and retail customers deliver flavored products in the coated poultry, seafood, appetizer and alternative meat categories.
Offering high standards of food safety and quality systems, the facility provides production capacity across Japanese breadcrumbs (panko-style), cracker meal and bread blends. The new Japanese breadcrumb and cracker meal production lines are now up and running and the blending lines will be complete later this year.
As per Kerry’s sustainability commitment, the facility offers a reduced carbon footprint, utilizing 100% renewable electricity and will feature zero waste to landfill by the end of 2021.
Kerry is also releasing an easy-to-use, online custom-coating creator tool that allows food innovators to explore product possibilities that utilize the company’s array of coating, flavor and taste solutions. Users select from a variety of texture, color and flavor profiles to create their own coated product solution designed to serve an ever-changing food marketplace.
Daryl Adel, meat end use market executive, said, “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 any product need. 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 productions facilities in North America.”
Adel added, “Kerry has made sustainability a cornerstone of our Rome, Georgia expansion, and our customers and their consumers can be assured of our commitment to creating products that are meaningfully better for people and the planet.”
Adel concluded, “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. 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.”