Plant & Bean said the 26.3 hectare, 263,000 m2 facility would enable efficient product manufacture and distribution across Europe, helping brands to meet fast-growing demand for plant-based meat.
The company said customers acknowledged large-scale production was essential to removing the cost barrier that currently prevents mainstream consumers from buying plant-based meat products. By producing at scale, locally, these brands can also significantly shorten supply chains, resulting in significant cost-savings.
The site will have a planned initial capacity of 55,000 tonnes. It will provide sub-scale companies, larger international brands and retailers with a fully-certified European manufacturing platform to help them meet growing demand for plant-based meat products and accelerate international expansion.
Plant & Bean aims to replicate the factory with production facilities in the US next year and Asia in 2022.
Partnerships include Griffith Foods and Gushen
The business claims it has created an ‘ecosystem of collaborative innovation’, uniting global research institutions and food tech companies to improve the quality and lower the cost of plant-based meat products. Plant & Bean today (9 December) revealed new strategic partnerships with global food product development company Griffith Foods and specialised manufacturer and ingredient supplier of premium non-genetically modified soy proteins, Gushen to further its aims. It also confirmed it would be working with world-renowned research institutions Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands), and Singapore Institute of Technology.