BioForward is reaching out to members to highlight their organizations through a new member profile feature to tell more of their stories. Kerry agreed to be interviewed as a part of our efforts to heighten the awareness of our region and integrated health solutions approach.

About your organization:

Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. We innovate with our customers to create great-tasting products, with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring a better impact for the planet. From humble beginnings as an Irish dairy co-operative, Kerry has grown into a large international food industry leader, with:

  • 22,000 employees globally
  • Offices in 31 countries
  • 148 manufacturing facilities
  • 1,000 food scientists

At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over 2 billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030.

What do you find valuable about being a member of BioForward Wisconsin?

Being a member of BioForward provides several gainful and rewarding benefits, such as creating awareness of the organization’s bio-based technology pillars and keeping up with the latest industry developments, regulations, and legislation.   The Kerry team accesses the opportunities for learning, professional development, and networking BioForward offers. 

What are the key areas or achievements by your organization that are impacting the state of Wisconsin and the overall biohealth industry?

Our North American Innovation and R&D hub along with several of our plants are located in Wisconsin. We are proud to be a significant employer in the Beloit area, where our North American headquarters is located.  Kerry has strong ties throughout the state and employees are encouraged and supported to give back to the communities they live in.  We also foster successful research partnerships with industry-leading academia, such as the University of Wisconsin. 

What about the future of research, medical, technological innovation excites you the most?

Kerry is committed to innovation by anticipating and answering global trends. We constantly seek new science to help create the next breakthrough molecule, which will enhance the lives of many people.  We are at the forefront of shaping science in all of our Applied Health & Nutrition technology pillars of Pharma, ProActive Health, Proteins, Functional Technologies and Food Protection & Preservation. 

Why Wisconsin? What does Wisconsin (and/or Madison/Milwaukee) offer for your company and/or your/its families?

Kerry’s rich Irish dairy heritage is a primary reason we’re located in Wisconsin. With similar natural resources, dairy traditions, and operations, Wisconsin was the perfect fit for Kerry. Our first North America facility is in Jackson, Wisconsin and we grew our operations through the acquisition of Beatreme, based in Beloit, a year later. The state has a strong pool of talented workers and the “Wisconsin welcome” has drawn many of Kerry’s employees to relocate from across the country and the globe. Wisconsin has been a great location for our North American headquarters with its strong ties to Midwest farming and food production. 

What would you recommend about or say to others about Wisconsin’s biohealth industry and research institutions?

Wisconsin offers best-in-class universities and biohealth research facilities, all just a short drive from our North America Headquarters. We have benefitted a great deal from this close proximity, both by recruiting recent graduates from the University of Wisconsin and working collaboratively with bioscience research laboratories on food safety and testing. Wisconsin offers cutting-edge technology with scientists with strong midwestern work ethics. BioForward’s commitment and investment strengthen the talent pipeline and promotes the capabilities of Wisconsin and the surrounding region on a global scale.  

What is one thing others may not know about your organization?

In 2022, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our company. Over the past 50 years, we have been on a transformative journey. We began as a small private dairy company in the region of Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland and our first product manufactured was milk protein (casein), produced from Irish grass-fed cows for export to the U.S.  From this, we have grown into the world’s leading taste and nutrition company, becoming our customer’s most valued partner to create a world of sustainable nutrition. Throughout this journey, we have always stayed close to our food heritage while drawing on expertise and inspiration from all over the world.