Two longtime Tyson Foods leaders have been named to executive positions with plant-based protein company Beyond Meat.
Doug Ramsey joins Beyond Meat as its chief operating officer, while Bernie Adcock will become the company’s chief supply chain officer, a newly-created position within Beyond Meat.
Ramsey and Adcock join as Beyond Meat as it aggressively scales 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 rapid 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, 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.”
Ramsey began working for Tyson Foods 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. More recently, he served as president of Tyson’s 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 as chief supply chain officer 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 US and globally,” said Adcock. “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 increase accessibility to its products globally. In 2021 alone, 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.