Carbery Group, a dairy, flavours and nutritional ingredients company based in West Cork, has marked two milestones in their commitment to and investment in the South East Asian region.
In Singapore, Carbery marked the official opening of the new Carbery Group Asia Business and Innovation Centre. This event also coincided with the Carbery team celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of their Synergy flavours manufacturing site in Thailand.
Group chairman Cormac O’Keeffe and CEO Jason Hawkins travelled to the region this week to mark the two occasions and to celebrate with local teams in Thailand and Singapore.
Speaking on the significance of the trip, Hawkins said: “Ten years ago we made an important strategic commitment to expanding our business and better serving our customers in South East Asia with the opening of our premises in Bangkok. The team and our business has gone from strength to strength in those ten years and we are delighted to mark this occasion with the team. The decision to expand our footprint in the region with a business and innovation centre in Singapore is a natural extension of that success.”
O’Keeffe outlined his excitement at the development: “Any expansion of our business is a good news day for Carbery and for our farmer shareholders. I want to thank them for their support as we continue to expand and diversify our business model and seek new customers in new markets. Asia is a key growth area on both the dairy and flavours sides of our business, and we look forward to the new opportunities our presence in Singapore will bring.”
Sebastiano Pagano, CEO of Synergy Europe and Asia, who along with Gordon Eng, head of business development and strategy, Asia, will be based in the Singapore office. Pagano explained: “The objective of opening in Singapore is to fully take advantage of the strong, established and available ecosystems and networks to enable growth across the wider region. This in turn will allow Carbery Group to foster stronger collaboration with industry partners, start-ups, universities and researchinstitutes, and with strategic key customers.”
The official opening of the Innovation and Business Centre in Singapore was carried out by Her Excellency Sarah McGrath, Irish Ambassador to Singapore, with Gordon Eng, Carbery head of business development and strategy in Asia. Carbery chairman Cormac O’Keeffe, CEO Jason Hawkins, and Ciarán Gallagher and Patrick Lim from Bord Bia were also in attendance.