Next Gen is a food tech company developing and commercializing innovative and sustainable plant-based food products. Headquartered in Singapore, Next Gen marries cutting-edge technology with its diversified network of specialists to create plant-based products that deliver tantalising taste experiences. Established by Timo Recker, formerly founder of LikeMeat, and industry veteran, Andre Menezes, Next Gen is backed by a team with proven experience in alternative protein food technology, global brand development and multi-level food marketing.
Meet the visionaries, innovators, and disruptors leading the charge.
Co-Founder & Chairman
For the last seven years, Timo has been a steadfast believer that plants power the future of food. As one of the only founders of a lucrative plant-based meat business that’s since been sold, he’s raring to go do it all over again. Just bigger and better.
How his passion began may be surprising to some! Growing up in a family in the meat business, Timo loves all things meat. Eventually he sought after an alternative that keeps his health – and the planet – in better shape. That’s when he discovered he’s happiest working on plant-based foods that are equally as appetising as meat.
Having a need for speed, he’s thrilled to band together an extraordinary team in Singapore so soon, to build a unique brand and scale Next Gen to new heights globally.
Co-Founder & CEO
Andre’s deep passion for learning, growing businesses and cementing long-lasting, genuine relationships has helped him steer companies to success in a myriad of sectors across three continents. From Energy, to Private Equity, to Agribusiness, to F&B, he’s done it all – and for organisations of all sizes too, whether it’s a fledgling family business or a listed MNC.
In 2013, he had his first foray in the meat and F&B industry, and since 2018 he’s emerged as one of Asia’s plant-based food pioneers, distributing and processing products from leading food techs around the world while he was running the leading food distributor in Singapore.
When he’s not breaking new ground at work, he loves to globe-trot and embark on adrenaline-pumping adventures.
John cares a whole lot about helping people eat well. He started his food and nutrition journey as a dietitian in a hospital, before venturing into the commercial food industry in 1987. Putting on many hats throughout, he shone across various roles in companies both big and small. Along the way, he harnessed cutting-edge technology to produce potato, meat and vegan products that make mouths water.
Making a definite leap to work on vegan food 17 years ago, he loves the business for its diversity, unique offerings, and vast technologies at play.
After many memorable escapades traveling around Asia, he and his wife decided to set their anchor down in Singapore, where he found his next calling in New Gen Protein.
Marketing maestro Jean brings consumer insights and brand storytelling together to propel Next Gen Foods into the public eye. She comes with 12 years of FMCG experience under her belt, having worked with big-league brands at L’Oréal and Unilever across both developed and emerging markets. Be it brand development, disruptive product innovation, or digital-first marketing campaigns, Jean has done and mastered it all.
Her work has catapulted brands into white spaces, fuelled consistent growth ahead of the market and even bagged her 2 Cannes Lions awards. So to say that she has a flair for turning everyday products into aspirational, purposeful brands is putting it lightly!
Growing up in Asia, Europe and North America, Jean is a true global citizen. She loves soaking up new cultures, meeting locals, and sussing out the best local cuisine. And now, she’s tucking into plant based foods in a big way.
Alex has more than 25 years of experience in a B2B environment. He started his career selling consumer research programs to food companies in Europe. In 1999, he moved to Australia and then Singapore with a leading Internet audience measurement and research company, to establish the business for the Asia Pacific region. Since 2001, he has headed consumer insight, product innovation, and sales functions for the big brands in the flavor and fragrance industry, now joining Next Gen Foods to drive plant-based innovation.
Alex is a regular speaker at alternative protein industry events, and sits on the Academic Advisory Board for the Food Science and Technology faculty at National University of Singapore. He has a passion for the alternative protein industry and wants to help change the global food system to a model better suited to the needs of this time.
Alex has lived in Singapore with his family for over 20 years, thoroughly enjoying the Singaporean craze for good food, and bringing TiNDLE, ridiculously good chicken made from plants, to the international stage.
Rohit is passionate about using plants to create incredible food experiences and a sustainable food chain. He has worked and lived in every inhabited continent and wants all those places to enjoy the best of food innovation.
Most recently, Rohit was doing this at Temasek, where he championed sustainable agriculture and alternative protein. Rohit played an active role in the expansion of sustainable foods in Asian markets and supported portfolio companies to unlock growth through venture building sprints, market entry strategies, and regulatory engagements. Needless to say, he was in the perfect position to introduce Timo and Andre, who founded Next Gen Foods and launched TiNDLE, ridiculously good chicken made from plants!
Rohit also coaches young entrepreneurs, plays percussion, and is a volunteer yoga instructor outside of work.
Originally from Belgium, Marc comes from a multicultural background and speaks English, French, and Mandarin Chinese. An avid traveler, Marc is passionate about food and going to the farthest corners of the world to try new culinary experiences. Not surprisingly, he is moved by Next Gen Foods’ mission of creating more sustainable and insanely delicious food, to protect the planet he loves to roam.
In the past 14 years, Marc has led the expansion of some of the world’s most iconic food and beverage brands across Asia Pacific. From luxury champagne brand Champagne Armand de Brignac, to leading Vietnamese craft brewery Belgo, and top Australasian F&B company Lion, Marc has driven them to scale till they were leaders in the Asian trade network.
Now based in Hong Kong, Marc is poised to take on the next big thing in food innovation that simply everyone must try, starting with TiNDLE, ridiculously good chicken made from plants.
Global Marketing Director
With a love for marketing and bringing a brand to life, Charlotte has led the business growth of a multitude of companies across different sectors for over 15 years. She has a penchant for innovative brands and has overseen marketing campaigns worth millions of dollars.
Charlotte is well-versed in leveraging on brand marketing, leading initiatives in public relations, and cementing strong partnerships, all to achieve significant business growth and build brand love for companies like Tupperware, Nespresso, and Acuvue. Even in the midst of the pandemic, Charlotte has led marketing teams to grow brands in new markets. TiNDLE, the ridiculously good chicken made from plants, is the newest leader brand in her passion portfolio.
When she is not setting records at work, Charlotte finds joy in baking. In fact, she loves to whip something up on a moment’s notice, as last minute baking is a challenge in itself!