Beyond Meat expands local production capabilities in Europe

Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat opens new co-manufacturing facility dedicated to Beyond Meat production.

Beyond Meat has announced the company’s first co-manufacturing capabilities in Europe with the opening of the Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands. The new facility, own and operated by Zandergen, will produce the Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage, and is intended to allow for more efficient distribution of Beyond Meat’s products across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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. The lighter, more sustainable packaging aligns with Beyond Meat’s commitment to sustainability, and will feature fully recyclable trays and 30% less material overall by reducing paper and plastic use.

Beyond Meat has also marked another milestone with the acquisition of its first manufacturing facility in Europe located in Enschede, the Netherlands. This Beyond Meat-owned facility will be the first outside of Missouri, the US to manage Beyond Meat’s innovative approach to texturizing plant proteins, the first step in the company’s manufacturing process. The new Beyond Meat facility is expected to be operational by the end of this year, allowing end-to-end manufacturing capabilities in Europe.

Ethan Brown, founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, explained: “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 is to leverage local supply chains, improving our costs 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.”