Beyond Meat has announced a multi-year pea protein supply agreement with plant-based ingredients provider Roquette.
The deal builds on a partnership that began approximately ten years ago, and significantly increases the amount of pea protein to be supplied by Roquette to Beyond Meat over the next three years as compared to the amount supplied in 2019.
Beyond Meat’s portfolio of fresh and frozen plant-based proteins are currently sold at approximately 58,000 retail and foodservice outlets in more than 50 countries.
“This latest contract with Roquette reflects Beyond Meat’s commitment to further scaling the plant protein supply chain as global demand for our products continues to rise,” said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat founder and CEO.
“Along with our supply chain partners, including Roquette, we are driving innovation and access to existing and new plant protein feedstocks as we provide consumers around the world with plant-based meats that delight taste buds while contributing to important health, climate, natural resource and animal welfare goals.”
Jean-Marc Gilson, CEO of Roquette, added: “This agreement with Beyond Meat enables both of us to continue to write the history of this promising market and to grow our businesses together.
“Roquette has a passion for food, and we believe nature has the answer to provide people with the food they need and demand. We are very pleased to continue supporting the growth of Beyond Meat, which shares our passion and values this long-term commitment.”
Last year, Beyond Meat announced plans to start making its meat alternative products in the Netherlands, marking its first production capability outside the US.
The company also released a “meatier” version of its plant-based Beyond Burger, created using a mix of pea, mung bean and rice proteins.
The new Beyond Burger boasts 20g of plant-based protein per 4oz patty, features a simplified ingredients list and is said to have a more natural flavour and aroma profile.
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