Meat-free supplier The Livekindly Collective has launched one of its stable of products in Australia – the Oumph Swedish meat-free brand.

The Pulled Oumph SKU has been listed with Australian retailer Woolworths as part of a “strategic expansion plan” in the Asia-Pacific country. It is made with soya protein chunks coated in a barbecue sauce and is designed as a meal ingredient or topping.

Shaun Richardson, the general manger for The Livekindly Collective in Australia, said: “We’re excited about what Oumph will bring to the Australian market. We want to kill boring and see a huge opportunity to satisfy consumers – particularly younger audiences – that are keen to experiment with plant-based foods, but don’t resonate with the brands and products currently on the market.”

The Livekindly Collective, led by chairman and CEO Kees Kruythoff, has built up a plant-based portfolio largely through M&A. Known until last year as Foods United, Delaware-based The Livekindly Collective has had Blue Horizon Ventures as a principal shareholder since its formation.

The company, which also counts German meat giant PHW Gruppe among its investors, acquired Oumph last year. It also bought The Fry Family Food Co. in South Africa, and LikeMeat in Germany in 2020.

In June, the group, which has raised more than US$500m in funding in its first year,  snapped up Amsterdam-based The Dutch Weed Burger, which makes products using seaweed.

Henrik Åkerman, the global brand leader at Oumph, said: “Oumph has a clear point of difference in the market with a range of flavourful products and a brand that appeals to a wider target beyond vegans and vegetarians. Oumph has a bold, creative brand personality that resonates strongly with younger plant-based consumers in particular.”

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