While on vacation in Asia back in 2018, Kaline Van Halder and Marjolein Pleune fell in love with jackfruit. The enterprising duo discovered that the fruit has a natural meaty texture and they were inspired to establish a startup with this ingredient as the star.
Kaline and Marjolein founded Meet Jack that same year in Haarlem, in the Netherlands. The startup is focused on producing plant-based meat products, such as burger patties, gyros, rendang, meatballs, and sausages from young, unripe jackfruit. We spoke to Kaline and Marjolein about their startup journey with Meet Jack so far.
What is your favourite part of your work?
We consider ourselves adventurers and impact makers and ever since we started, our startup journey has been one big adventure and one very steep learning curve. Not a single working day is the same and we truly love the dynamics. Our work is so hands-on, action-based, and full of fun moments. Best of all, we have an impact along the way.