Research and Development


Bringing taste and nutrition to life

Every day we’re moving the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets forward through market-leading research and innovation.

Our network of global and regional innovation and development centres brings together the best minds in the industry to help you develop products that taste great and that consumers feel good about.

Our research, development and applications experts can work with you through all stages of product development – from ideation to development and testing, recipe fine tuning, scale up and manufacturing. We’ll help you take a winning concept and turn it into a winning, commercially viable product that can be delivered quickly to market.

From ideas to innovation

Our vision at Kerry and within R&D is to be the leader in taste and nutrition for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries – creating sustainable value for our customers, employees, environment, community and shareholders.

When you partner with Kerry, you are working with the world’s premier research, development and applications team. Excellence in taste and nutrition innovation is at the heart of our mission.

Taste and nutrition innovation

Serving a global market with high-quality foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals can create many unique opportunities and challenges for our customers, and Kerry’s research, development and innovation processes will help ensure that you are able to deliver winning products to the marketplace. 

The goal of our research is simple – to provide the best taste and nutrition solutions for our customers. We believe in using real food and natural processes to do so.

We undertake extensive market research, discovering how consumers are engaging with foods and beverages and what they want out of their diets. Our R&D, applications and culinary teams use these insights to design and develop the components that will be used to help our customers create great-tasting products. 

But delivering great taste is only one piece of the puzzle. At Kerry, we use the science of nutrition to develop and improve products beyond taste, so they are better, more wholesome and nourishing.

Our ability to deliver better taste and nutrition is underpinned by a robust research programme. In addition to our own highly skilled product development teams, our customers also benefit from our partnerships with leading industry, research and educational institutions.

Together, we explore and carry out pioneering research in areas such as sensory science, nutrition, flavour creation and fermentation, and this research is at the core of our development efforts.

Process engineering

Understanding the marketplace and consumers and being able to develop great products in a kitchen or laboratory are key contributors to success, but the fact remains that you must be able to deliver effectively in a production environment to truly be successful.

Kerry’s innovation model begins with a keen understanding of global market trends and a sound scientific foundation. Then, using the industry’s largest portfolio of taste and nutrition systems, we help our customers develop great products that meet consumers’ expectations for both taste and nutrition. 

But, it’s our ability to deliver efficiently and at scale that continues to set us apart and make us a preferred partner to so many brands – big and small.

Kerry has a comprehensive range of processing capabilities – mimicking both our own production environments as well as those of our customers. 

That means, if you can design it, we can make it a reality. Our capabilities and processes are vast. Here is just a sampling of the areas where we are proficient.

Core processes:

  • spray drying
  • dry blending
  • liquid processing
  • panning & enrobing
  • fermentation

Flavour processes:

  • encapsulation
  • reaction
  • extraction
  • distillation
  • compounding

Functional:

  • fermentation
  • ultrafiltration
  • hydrolysis

Forming & shaping:

  • cold form extrusion
  • direct expansion extrusion
  • forming & moulding

Passionate about taste and nutrition

Kerry attracts and cultivates the best minds in the industry by providing access to state-of-the-art facilities, research and the largest portfolio of taste and nutrition solutions for the food, beverage and pharma industries.

Our expert team of more than 800 people is made up of food scientists and technologists, nutritionists and dieticians, biochemists, engineers, sensorial science experts, flavourists and more.

Inspired by our chefs, baristas and culinary experts, our R&D teams combine their passion for taste and nutrition with a solid foundation of fundamental science and research, a keen understanding of the marketplace and the expertise to develop commercially viable products.

Global expertise, local execution

Kerry’s research, development and applications teams can be found in 24 countries spread over six continents.

So, while you have access to best-in-class global research, capability and innovation, you can also be assured that your products will be tailored to meet the very unique preferences and tastes of your local and regional consumers.