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Quorn ups capacity by 50pc as takeover battle heats up

September 7, 2015
Food & Drink

British food company Quorn has increased its production capacity by 50pc to meet the increasing global demand for non-meat foods.

The company, which The Sunday Telegraph reported is at the centre of a £500m takeover battle between frozen food giants Nomad and McCain, said sales grew by 7pc in the past six months, as it increased its international presence to supply 16 countries around the world.

Sales in the lucrative US market grew by 30pc last year, after the firm increased its product lines in a number of major US retailers including Walmart.

“There is a growing trend towards meat reduction around the world and as more consumers turn to alternative sources of protein, Quorn has seen a growth in sales globally. The US market in particular is waking up to the opportunity beyond meat free burgers,” said Kevin Brennan, the company’s chief executive.

Quorn’s turnover rose by almost 7pc last year to £150.3m and the firm recently spent £30m upgrading its Billingham production plant near Middlesbrough. The company makes 22,000 tonnes of mycoprotein, the core ingredient of its meat-free products, each year at Billingham.

Mycoprotein, which is produced from fermented fungus and sugar, is used to fill Quorn’s meat-free mince, nuggets, burgers and sausages.

By Elizabeth Anderson

Source: The Telegraph

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