Quorn Foods, who make meat substitutes from fungus, are investing £150 million into their production line following an “unprecedented” boom in sales.
The company claim that their growth in sales in the first half of 2017 is down to an increase in the number of ‘flexitarians’. Sales of Quorn products have increased by a massive 19% worldwide.
Flexitarians are people who replace almost all of most of the meat in their diet with substitute products. Quorn produce substitutes from sausages and mince to burgers and faux chicken pieces.
Not all of Quorn’s products are vegan, but many are – and they are clearly labelled as such.
The company are now investing heavily to double their production in Teeside in the North East of England, which is expected to bring around 300 new jobs in the next five year.
Kevin Brennan, chief executive of Quorn, said:
“We are proud to be contributing to the UK’s export drive and to be investing in a British innovation that is vital to addressing the future need for protein across a growing global population”.
Quorn is sold to 15 countries and is produced in five locations; three UK factories, one in Germany and one in the United States all make the meat-free products which have been subject to this 19% increase in sales in the first half of 2017.