The facility, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, will mark Beyond Meat’s first production capability outside the US and will reduce the brand’s transportation footprint, while increasing the speed at which Beyond Meat can get products to customers across Europe.
“The consumer response in Europe has been very positive and we look forward to being able to better serve those customers with locally produced products. We are pleased to have strong strategic partners in Europe like Zandbergen to help us grow our global footprint,” said Seth Goldman, executive chairman of Beyond Meat.
“As the demand for plant-based products continues to expand in Europe, we are thrilled to be partnering with Beyond Meat to produce their innovative products outside the US,” said Adriaan Figee, chief commercial officer of Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat.
Most recently, the Beyond Burger won listings at Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, Delhaize in Belgium and Tesco in the UK. In addition to these key retailers, Beyond Meat is also focused on expanding availability across foodservice in Europe, targeting popular burger chains and innovative restaurateurs looking to serve delicious, high-quality plant-based meat.
Beyond Meat is currently distributed internationally, through distributors in Australia, Chile, the European Union, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, the Middle East, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat sources chilled and frozen meat from North America, South America, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. They import beef, lamb, veal, pork and poultry from these markets and supply it to customers in all the EU Member States, Switzerland, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.