Beyond Meat, the plant-based burger startup, announced it will triple its production capacity with a new facility in Columbia, Missouri.
The Memphis, TN-based Beyond Meat said the expansion is due to increasing demand for its Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage products. The new plant will create more than 250 new jobs in what is described as a state-of-the-art facility that features high efficiency lighting and new water recirculation systems that reduce consumption by nearly 80%. The added production area also will open up options for further new product launches, the company said.
“We first came to Missouri in 2009 to access the outstanding research being conducted at the University of Missouri,” said Ethan Brown, CEO and found of Beyond Meat. “We have been investing in, and growing together with, Columbia, MO ever since, and I’m pleased to announce this latest manufacturing investment, our largest to date. Our expansion not only brings more jobs and opportunity to this special community but also furthers Missouri’s position as a leader in the production of plant-based meat.”
With the expansion in Columbia, Beyond Meat’s manufacturing footprint will increase from 30,000 to 100,000 square feet.
“This expansion in our production capacity will help us to meet the considerable increase in market demand we have seen for our new and innovative product offerings,” said Mark Nelson, COO & CFO at Beyond Meat.