Baker McKenzie advised Beyond Meat, a leader in plant-based meat, on its acquisition of their first manufacturing facility in Europe, located in Enschede in the Netherlands. The opening of the new co-manufacturing facility was announced on 11 June 2020. This Beyond Meat owned facility will be the first outside of Missouri, USA to handle Beyond Meat's innovative approach to texturizing plant proteins, the first step in the company's manufacturing process. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and work in tandem with the Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility to allow for end-to-end production and greater efficiencies. Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat is a leading company in the international protein supply chain with a head office in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands.
Baker McKenzie's team was led by Gillis Kempe.
Commenting on the transaction, Gillis Kempe says: 'We are proud to continue to assist Beyond Meat with its expansion into Europe and our collaboration with the top-notch team at Quist Geuze Meijeren to acquire Beyond Meat’s first manufacturing facility in Europe.'
For more information about this expansion, please see Beyond Meat's press release.