Food ingredients company Kerry Group has opened a new €38m manufacturing plant in Africa.

The company claims the facility in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa will be the largest and most advanced taste manufacturing facility on the continent.

The 10,000 square metre plant is to produce nutrition products that will be consumed across Africa.

"The opening of the facility in Hammarsdale is a significant step forward in helping to realise our vision of creating a world of sustainable nutrition," said CEO, Edmond Scanlon.

"For 50 years, Kerry has focused on meeting local consumer needs grounded in great taste - one of the most important criteria in any food or beverage."

Kerry is also expanding its Development and Application Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

It will be used to service customers in East Africa and develop sustainable food processing for Africa.