Food technology and ingredients company Kerry Group has today officially opened a new 21,500-square-foot facility at its Jeddah operation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The new facility is the company's largest in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region.

It will produce nutritious and sustainable food ingredients which will be distributed across the Middle East's snack, meat and bakery sectors.

Kerry Group has invested over €80m in the region over the past four years and the new facility currently employs 130 people.

Edmond Scanlon, the chief executive of Kerry Group, said that today's consumer-led food revolution and the world’s environmental challenges are driving accelerated change and reshaping the entire food industry.

"The opening of our new facility at our Jeddah site is part of our commitment to continuing to grow our presence across the Middle East where we have invested over €80m since 2018," the CEO said.

"Our continued growth and investment reflect the growing number of consumers in the region who are adopting a more proactive approach to their health and wellbeing and want to be able to consume food and beverage products that support their goals while also being respectful of our environment," Edmond Scanloin said.

"This new facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East and is one of the most modern and efficient in the world offering top-in-class sustainable nutrition technology platforms, laboratories equipped with unique testing capabilities while also being sustainable," he added.