El Segundo, California-based Beyond Meat Inc., a manufacturer of plant-based meat, has appointed two food industry veterans to its executive leadership team.
Doug Ramsey joins as chief operating officer following three decades at Tyson Foods where he oversaw the company’s poultry and McDonald’s businesses.
Bernie Adcock joins in the newly created role of chief supply chain officer following more than three decades of experience in operations and supply chain management at Tyson Foods. He will report to Ramsey.
Ramsey and Adcock join as Beyond Meat is scaling production and commercialization in the U.S., EU and China. The pair will be instrumental in growing Beyond Meat’s operations, supply chain and manufacturing and driving efficiencies to unlock cost-savings as the company pursues its long-term goal of price parity with animal protein.
These hires come at a time of innovation and commercialization for the company, with more than a dozen new products introduced in just the last two years.
“After a long and careful search, I could not be more thrilled to announce the arrival of Doug Ramsey and Bernie Adcock at Beyond Meat. Doug and Bernie bring a proven track record of impressive operational excellence in the protein industry that our global partners, customers and consumers expect and deserve,” said Ethan Brown, founder and CEO of Beyond Meat.
“As we’ve made clear, we are investing today in tomorrow’s growth, whether by adding to our best-in-class management team or by building out operations around the world, to advance our vision of being the global protein company of the future,” Brown said.
Ramsey joins Beyond Meat after 30 years at Tyson Foods. He began at Tyson in 1992, eventually holding several top leadership positions, including group president of poultry. In this role, he oversaw all domestic poultry business units, driving market share through strategic integrated planning, business acquisitions and integration, lean manufacturing and cost reduction.
He also served as president of the global McDonald’s business, overseeing sales, operations and marketing for one of Tyson’s key customers.
“Beyond Meat is the gold standard in the plant-based meat industry, and I am proud to join in its mission to produce delicious products that are healthier for our customers and more sustainable for our planet,” said Ramsey. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a company that is constantly innovating and delivering high-quality products to some of the world’s most prominent foodservice and retail customers.”
Adcock joins Beyond Meat after 31 years at Tyson Foods. He most recently served as chief supply chain officer, helping to scale the company’s poultry business through cross-functional strategic oversight and the integration of innovative technologies across the supply chain.
“I’m delighted to join Beyond Meat at a moment when the company is rapidly scaling for strategic partners, customers and consumer demand in the U.S. and globally,” Adcock said. “I am looking forward to supporting the company’s planned growth through the expansion of supply chain capacity domestically and in high-potential markets like the EU and China.”
Beyond Meat continues to advance its mission of increasing accessibility to its plant-based meat products globally. In 2021, Beyond Meat announced partnerships with some of the world’s top quick-serve restaurants, including McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, and established a joint venture with PepsiCo to develop, produce and market innovative snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein.
The appointments of Ramsey and Adcock are the latest examples of Beyond Meat’s commitment to operational excellence and scaling its business globally to make a positive impact on human health, climate, constraints on natural resources and animal welfare.
Beyond Meat Inc. is one of the fastest growing publicly-traded food companies in the United States, offering a portfolio of plant-based proteins made from simple ingredients without GMOs, bioengineered ingredients, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol.
Founded in 2009, Beyond Meat products are designed to have the same taste and texture as animal-based meat while being better for people and the planet. As of September 2021, Beyond Meat had products available at approximately 128,000 retail and foodservice outlets in more than 85 countries worldwide. Visit BeyondMeat.com for more information.