SINGAPORE – Singapore-based alternative meat company Tindle Foods has appointed Timo Recker as its new CEO, marking his return to the position after a previous ten-month stint in 2020 when the company was known as NextGen Foods.

This strategic move comes as Tindle Foods expands its product offerings, transitioning from its initial focus on plant-based chicken to include dairy alternatives and sausages.

Effective January 2024, Timo Recker is set to relocate to Europe, specifically based in Germany, where he will spearhead efforts to increase the distribution of Tindle’s diverse product portfolio in both retail and foodservice sectors.

Recker, boasting 13 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, has a notable track record of pioneering brands in the foodtech space.

His prior role as CEO of LikeMeat, a German-founded plant-based meat company, saw him lead the brand’s growth and expansion into ten European countries.

Tindle Foods, originally recognized for its plant-based chicken products, has recently diversified its offerings to include plant-based dairy products and a variety of sausages.

The company’s expansion aligns with a modern aesthetic and an overarching commitment to building a more sustainable food system.

In his renewed role, Recker will lead the development of new products, driving the company’s ongoing efforts to broaden its alternative meat offerings.

The former CEO, Andre Menezes, will continue to contribute to the company as a shareholder and co-founder, expressing confidence in Tindle Foods’ mission under Recker’s leadership.

Established three years ago as Next Gen Foods, the company has successfully raised US$120 million in funding and recently attracted investment from German media group ProSiebenSat.1.

Operating in ten countries, with principal overseas markets in Germany, the US, and the UK, Tindle Foods has strategically positioned itself as a key player in the alternative meat industry.

The decision for Recker to relocate to Germany signifies Tindle Foods’ focused approach to expanding its presence in key markets.

The announcement underscored the company’s commitment to growth, innovation, and sustainability, maintaining its influential role in the dynamic landscape of alternative meat.

In a separate strategic move earlier this year, Tindle Foods expanded its portfolio through the acquisition of UK alt-dairy start-up Mwah!

The deal, marking the company’s first acquisition since its establishment in 2020, reflects Tindle Foods’ commitment to innovation and diversification.

Mwah!, known for its plant-based gelato, aligns with Tindle Foods’ vision to tap into rising consumer demand for innovative and decadent dairy alternatives.

With a strong financial backing of $130 million to date, including support from investors like Temasek, GGV Capital, and K3 Ventures, Tindle Foods continues to position itself as a leader in the plant-based meat industry, focusing on global expansion and pioneering alternative protein solutions.

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