No Meat Factory, an alternative-protein co-manufacturer in Canada, is set to open its first factory in the US.
The Vancouver-based start-up, founded in 2019 by CEO Dieter Thiem and COO Leon Bell, is investing US$20m to convert a facility in Stanwood, Washington. The plant was previously owned by Twin City Foods, a frozen vegetables supplier that closed the site in 2017.
No Meat Factory secured $42m in a Series B financing round from investors in January, taking funding to date to $60m. At the time, a spokesperson told Just Food that its second manufacturing plant would enable the start-up to begin serving private-label customers.
The company serves up animal-free nuggets, hamburgers and “whole-muscle alternatives” for food brands in Canada and the US, selling into retail and foodservice.
Bell said in a statement: “In Stanwood, No Meat Factory will realise additional manufacturing capacity for convenience products and provide additional manufacturing capabilities for plant-based deli and sausage alternatives, allowing us to better service the US market through our existing brand owner partners and increase our offering to foodservice and private-label clients.”
Stanwood is expected to be operational toward the end of 2023 and will employ around 150 people when up to capacity, with seafood alternatives also on the menu.
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No Meat Factory’s investment to revive the Twin City Foods plant is supported by a $200,000 state grant to Economic Alliance Snohomish County, which will support site engineering and development costs as well as initial upgrades to the facility.