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Quorn Foods To Create 400 New Full & Part Time Jobs

28 Apr 2014

Quorn Foods To Create 400 New Full & Part Time Jobs

Veggie firm Quorn Foods has said that an increase in worldwide demand for its food products will allow them to add new facilities, creating up to 400 new full and part time jobs in the UK.

Not all of the roles that Quorn have announced will be permanent roles, but it appears that at least 300 of the vacancies will be ongoing, either with the company itself or with their suppliers in the north of England.

Around a quarter of the 400 new positions at Quorn will be temporary construction jobs created in the development stage of the £30 million project which will add a fermentation facility to its production site at Billingham in Teesside.

The chief executive of Quorn Foods, Kevin Brennan, said that his company had already created 20 new vacancies this year, including a number of new apprenticeship jobs for young people.

“As people are rethinking their meat-eating habits, 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 jobs, boosting the local economy at a time when it is most needed,” said Mr Brennan.

“Once the third fermenter is operational and fully utilised we expect to create over 300 jobs, at Quorn and our suppliers and partners,” confirmed the chief executive.

At the moment Quorn Foods employs around 600 members of staff, but, by the new fermenter is ready for action, their headcount will have increased by around 25 per cent to somewhere around 750 employees. The firm says that it wants to double the size of its business over the next five years as it sells more of its meat-free products to companies all over the world. In the United States alone, Quorn Foods has increased its sales by over 40 per cent in the first quarter of this year and sells its goods to a further 12 overseas countries.

Mr Brennan added that although he was more than happy for Quorn Foods to be a global brand name, he was proud that most of their operations and job vacancies would still be in their traditional heartlands of Yorkshire and the North East of England.

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