Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham will visit Quorn Foods Billingham site and will see how Quorn’s £30m investment will transform the manufacturing plant, creating up to 400 jobs in the process over the next few years.
During a tour of the plant this morning, Mr Cunningham will see how work is progressing to create a third fermenter at the site, which will boost the production of its increasingly popular meat-free products by 50%. Quorn Foods has announced it plans to create approximately 100 new jobs across Teesside and North Yorkshire, as it invests £30m to increase its production capacity as demand for its meat-free products soars.
The company, which is headquartered in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, is investing £30m over the next 18 months to create a third fermenter at its Billingham site near Middlesbrough, which will boost the production of its increasingly popular meat-free products by 50%.
As a result, Quorn expects to create approximately 100 new roles, mainly attached to the construction and operation of this new facility.
It follows a sustained 15 month period of record-breaking growth for the company:
Sales were up 13.5 per cent in Quarter One of 2014; UK and international sales grew by 12 and 21 per cent respectively
Last year, the UK business experienced its fastest ever growth, with a 13 per cent increase in total sales, while most other food producers flatlined
It has attracted more than two million customers since January 2013, taking the total to over 12.2 million – and, for the first time, carnivores now outnumber its vegetarian buyers
The company exports to 13 countries, including Australia and the USA where sales over Quarter One of 2014 have increased by 24 and 42 per cent respectively
Market researcher Neilsen ranks Quorn as Britain’s 35th biggest brand – overtaking family favourites such as Heinz tomato ketchup, Doritos and Innocent
Kevin Brennan, chief executive of Quorn Foods, said: “While Quorn is now well established as a global brand, with our products sold in an ever growing number of countries, we’re proud to say that the nucleus of our operations remains in Yorkshire and the North East.
“As people are rethinking their meat eating habits and realising that 500 meals a year with meat is too much for our health and the planet, demand for our products has soared and we’re now in a position where we need to expand our production facilities.
“Not only will this additional fermenter boost production by up to 50%, but it will also create approximately 100 jobs, boosting the local economy at a time when it is most needed.”
Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, said: “A £30 million investment in the area is tremendously good news for Teesside and Billingham in particular and a vote of confidence in our local people by this leading food manufacturer. I very much look forward to seeing the new plant built - providing construction jobs - and learning more about the company’s plans to recruit and train their new local workforce.”
Since becoming a private company, Quorn has made a number of strategic investments across the business to drive growth, including £15m in global marketing for 2014 to help reframe the brand as a healthy protein and reach out to a broader consumer audience who are committed to a fit and active lifestyle.