Vegan brand Beyond Meat is moving into a new headquarters facility in El Segundo, CA that is being built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Fitwell certification. The company announced plans to sign a 12-year lease at the 300,000-square-foot facility which is anticipated to be completed by spring 2021. The new space will support additional product lines and allow the company to grow its research personnel three-to-four times over the current level. At the facility, Beyond Meat will operate research incubators that help with the development of new products using artificial intelligence and machine learning.
“Our ambitious new campus and truly state-of-the-art research facilities reflect our commitment to providing our consumers, customers, and strategic partners with the very best in science, technology, and culinary arts as we together answer the global protein challenge,” Beyond Meat CEO and Founder Ethan Brown said.
As a sustainability driven vegan company, it was important for Beyond Meat to assure that its facility is designed to be LEED certificated, a leading green building rating system that creates a framework for highly efficient, sustainable buildings. With the new headquarters, Beyond Meat aims to attract talented employees from around the world who will have access to the facility’s fitness center, cafeteria, ample outdoor spaces, and interior living walls to promote healthy air quality.
“The new campus and facilities will house cutting-edge fundamental and applied research, alongside globalized product development teams, all in service to a single goal: creating meat from plants that is indistinguishable from its animal protein equivalent,” Brown said. “It is on this campus that we expect to advance ever more rapidly against our taste, nutrition, and cost metrics, inviting and empowering more and more consumers around the world to Go Beyond.”