Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan (right) and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen
The world’s biggest meat alternative production facility has officially opened at Quorn Foods’ Belasis site in Billingham.
The 9,500m2 factory expansion comes as part of a £150m investment by Quorn Foods and will double production capacity of Quorn’s core product.
The state of the art production facility will produce 1.33m packs of Quorn products per week
The company has benefitted from a recent increase in vegetarian and vegan diets. This expansion will not only increase factory output but will also help Quorn Foods to reduce its carbon emissions per tonne of food produced, already down by 35% since 2012.
Opening the facility, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Huge household-name businesses are thriving in this region. Quorn Foods’ products are sold around the world, making it an important part of our export economy. It is just one example of how our skills base will help businesses and with them, our region, succeed in an outward-looking post-Brexit world.
“This new multi-million-pound facility, which will double Quorn Foods’ output, shows the firm’s confidence in our area as a great place to invest and do business. It brings with it good jobs, better working practices and the potential for further investment - all central to our aim of driving forward a high-growth, high-wage, low-welfare economy.”
Quorn Foods chief executive Kevin Brennan says: “We are the world leader in meat alternatives and have seen our business grow by 16% in the last year. We see decades of growth ahead of us as consumers respond to growing environmental concerns around meat production. We provide dramatic sustainability benefits compared to meat and with this new facility will enhance those benefits further. Sustainability is at the heart of our organisation and we are committed to ensuring we are being responsible with the carbon footprint of our business.”
The factory expansion builds on Quorn Foods’ strongest ever year of growth, a £7m investment in a Global Innovation Centre at its Stokesley headquarters, and sees the company stay on track to become a billion-dollar business by 2027.
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