Kerry has completed the acquisition of the Jining Nature Group, a Chinese manufacturer of savoury flavours, seasonings and prepared food products. This acquisition will bring a wide range of local and regional taste technologies and application capabilities to the Kerry portfolio.
Jining Nature Group will support Kerry’s expansion of China customer base by providing deeper access to the country’s large regional markets via existing distribution and foodservice channels. It will enhance Kerry’s savoury flavour manufacturing capabilities in the Asia-Pacific market, and will enable the company to offer a full suite of savoury offerings in the region alongside its existing sweet and beverage flavour portfolio.
Commenting on the announcement, John Savage, CEO taste at Kerry, said: “This acquisition will be an important component of our global savoury taste strategy, and will allow us to accelerate our leadership in key categories of meat, snacks and instant noodles. The deep understanding from the Jining Nature team of local cuisine will enable us to create truly authentic taste solutions across a wide range of application and channels. In addition, capabilities in Jining Nature are highly complementary to our Authentic Savoury platform, which includes smoke, stocks and fermentation along with the portfolio of savoury flavours. “