Carbery Group, headquartered in Ballineen, West Cork, has officially opened Nutrifont in Brazil, a whey processing joint venture between the Irish company and BRF, one of South America’s leading food companies.
The new 70,500 sq ft facility, located at Tres do Maio in the Southern State of Rio Grande do Sul, incorporates a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that will produce added value nutritional ingredients that will be supplied to the sports nutrition, infant formula and bakery sectors. The joint venture will deploy Carbery’s innovative ingredients technology to process whey generated in two cheese-making facilities in the region.
It is another example of Carbery Group’s increasing internationalization, and complements the company’s Synergy Flavours facility in Vinhedo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, giving the group a strong foothold in this rapidly expanding food market.
Carbery chairman Donal Tobin, who opened the new operation, said this joint venture with one of Brazil’s leading food companies enhances the group’s footprint in the vast South American agri-food business.
“Carbery’s ability to produce high quality whey protein ingredients locally will strengthen our offerings to the leading brands in Brazil, and ensure we are positioned for further growth in a dynamic and upward economic region,” he said.
A diverse team of Carbery employees have relocated to Brazil to bring their expertise in the areas of process technology, operations, quality, finance and sales to the new venture.
The group, with customers in Europe, US, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, said it is committed to continued expansion in global markets and becoming a major international supplier to the food and beverage industry.
Carbery is owned by four West Cork based Co-ops — Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird, and currently employs 550 people worldwide. It was established in 1966 and has always been at the forefront of innovation.
Under the leadership of chief executive Dan MacSweeney, backed by his strong management team, Carbery has transformed itself from a primarily local milk processing business in the late 80s to the international food and ingredients business it is today.
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