Beyond Meat has announced the opening of its first co-manufacturing capabilities in Europe.
The plant, which is owned and operated by meat company Zandbergen, is in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands. It will produce the Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage. As a result of local production, Beyond Meat says it expects to 'improve its cost structure'.
As well as the Zoeterwoude factory, Beyond Meat has announced the acquisition of its first manufacturing facility in Europe located in Enschede, the Netherlands. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.
"This latest investment in production capacity reflects our continued commitment to serving global markets," Ethan Brown, founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
"Our new facility in Enschede will not only bring production closer to the consumer, representing an investment in the markets and communities we serve, but is expected to allow us to leverage local supply chains, improving our cost structure and sustainability of operations. We are excited to take this next step in bringing the nutritional and environmental benefits of our plant-based meats to the European consumer."
Adriaan Figee, chief commercial officer of Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat, added: "As the demand for plant-based protein and particularly Beyond Meat products grows in Europe and the Middle East, the official opening of this co-manufacturing facility in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands is timely."