Beyond Meat has announced the appointment of food industry veteran Jorg Oostdam to the newly created position of General Manager, Europe. With more than two decades of experience in the food and retail sector, including a 15-year tenure at Mars, Incorporated, Oostdam will drive Beyond Meat’s expansion in Europe and accelerate its strategic growth worldwide.
Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat said of the appointment: “I’m very pleased to welcome Jorg as our new General Manager in Europe, a key geography as we build tomorrow’s global protein company. Jorg’s leadership and experience will be instrumental in providing our delicious and nutritious plant-based meats to European consumers, in building out our local production and innovation capabilities, and in growing a robust local supply chain in service to our longer-term goal of price parity with animal protein.”
Oostdam has been a leader in geographical expansion, portfolio extensions, and organisational development throughout his FMCG career. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer for Zed Candy, where he relaunched the brand and expanded the business into 14 new markets globally. Prior to that, Oostdam was Vice President and General Manager of EMEA for Heartland Food Products Group, where he scaled the Splenda business and expanded the international sales and marketing teams. A veteran of Mars, Oostdam held several leadership roles at the organization including General Manager of Switzerland and General Manager of Spain as well as marketing and sales positions in the Netherlands and Northern Europe.
“Europe’s appetite for plant-based meat is on the rise, and there’s no better time to join the Beyond Meat team,” said Jorg Oostdam. “I’m excited to help set the vision and strategic direction for Beyond Meat’s long-term growth in Europe as we make plant-based meat more accessible to customers and consumers across the region.”
Global demand for plant-based meat continues to increase, with the European plant-based-food sector growing by a sizeable 49% over the past few years. Oostdam will be based in the Netherlands and start with the company in February 2022.