Queal, a Dutch company that produces powdered food supplements, was founded by Floris Wolswijk and Onno Smits. Queal’s product, a drinkable substitute meal with the right mix of proteins, fats, carbs and vitamins, is based on its American predecessor Soylent. As Soylent did not serve Europe, the two entrepreneurs bootstrapped resources for a homemade laboratory and developed a similar product for the Dutch market. Over time, Queal expanded their product portfolio and quickly internationalized to other European countries. However, the growth of the company also brought forth a major difficulty. Namely, Queal’s production capacity was not large enough to cope with the increasing demand. After a failed attempt to outsource production to Rotterdam foods, the founders were left with a dilemma. They either could attempt to outsource their production again, with the risks of another failure, lower profit margins and reduced autonomy. On the other hand, in-house production would require significant capital investments and therewith this option conflicted with Queal’s values.

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van 't Hooft, R., Behne, W., Pitinov, S., Dudas, F., & Hulsink, W. (2016). Should Queal Outsource Its Production?. RSM Case Development Centre. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/94056