Kerry is celebrating the $28.6 million expansion of its facility in Rochester, Minnesota. This project increases manufacturing capacity at the state-of-the-art facility and includes the addition of a new spray dryer and two 10,000 gallon dryer feed tanks.
Groundbreaking for the expansion commenced in April of 2017 and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to be held at the facility on June 27th at 2:00 pm. Speakers will include Ardell Brede, City of Rochester mayor; Kenneth Stanford, plant manager, at Kerry’s Rochester Plant; and Neil Cracknell, president/CEO of Functional Ingredients & Actives at Kerry. The ribbon cutting will be attended by Kerry’s global Functional Ingredients & Actives leadership team.
Kerry’s Rochester facility produces naturally-derived fermented ingredients utilized by manufacturers to deliver fresh taste over the shelf life of bakery products, deli meats, prepared meals, dairy and various other food and beverage products. The increasing market demand for clean label, transparent preservation methods, driven by consumer interest, is the key driver behind Kerry’s investment in Rochester.
According to Bryce Nesberg, human resources manager at Kerry’s facility in Rochester, “We have already seen the uplift in production from this expansion. Each week, our products leave the plant with delivery labels across North America and around the world. The increased production capacity means we will add more skilled and scientific roles our existing employee base of 125 people in the Rochester area.”
Kerry is committed to bolstering its position by continuing to invest in its world-class processing infrastructure and talent at Rochester, growing in a way that is sustainable for both Kerry employees and the Rochester community. Kerry is proud to partner with local chapters of organizations like Ronald McDonald House, Von Wold House, United Way, and Toys-4-Tots as part of its outreach in the Rochester area.