NETHERLANDS – US plant-based meat producer, Beyond Meat has opened its first co-manufacturing facility in Europe, located in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands to back the company’s expansion plans in the EMEA region.

Beyond Meat said that the new co-manufacturing facility, owned and operated by Zandbergen, will produce the company’s range of plant-based meat products including Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage and is intended to allow for more efficient distribution of its products across EMEA.

The company added that production at the new Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility will also include the upcoming debut of new packaging for both the Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage available in EMEA.

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In addition to the new site in Zoeterwoude, Beyond Meat has also marked yet another a milestone in the acquisition of its first manufacturing facility in Europe located in Enschede, the Netherlands.

The facility in Enschede will be Beyond Meat’s first owned facility outside of USA to handle its innovative approach to texturizing plant proteins, the first step in the company’s manufacturing process.

The plant-based meat producer said that the new facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 allowing for end-to-end manufacturing capabilities in Europe.

“This latest investment in production capacity reflects our continued commitment to serving global markets,” said Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO of Beyond Meat.

“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.”

“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,” added Adriaan Figee, Chief Commercial Officer of Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat.

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