A FOOD firm is poised to create 300 new jobs after unveiling ambitious new plans for Billingham.
QuornFoods is investing £30m on Teesside and the Stokesley-based company is building a third fermenter at its Billingham site to keep up with growing global demand for its meat-free products.
The investment over the next 18 months will boost production at the plant in Nelson Avenue by 50 per cent.
The construction and operation of the new facility will create 100 new jobs.
This will increase to 300 positions once the plant is fully operational.
The company now exports to 13 countries including Australia and market research statistics ranks Quorn as Britain’s 35th biggest food brand.
The firm currently employs 54 staff at its Billingham facility.
Kevin Brennan, chief executive of Quorn Foods, said: “Once the third fermenter is operational and fully utilised, we expect to create over 300 jobs at Quorn and our suppliers and partners.
“Many of these will be in the North-East and already we have created 20 new roles this year including apprenticeships and international commercial roles.
“While Quorn is now well established as a global brand, we’re proud to say that the nucleus of our operations remains in Yorkshire and the North East.
“As people are rethinking their 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.”
Alex Cunningham, the Labour MP for Stockton North, said: “A £30m 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.”