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Quorn Foods ups capacity as turnover nears £230m


Turnover has grown to almost £230m in the latest accounts for Quorn Foods, with investment made to increase capacity to meet growing demand.

The Stokesley-headquartered company employs more than 800 people and sells its products in the UK, Europe, Australia, South East Asia and the US.

 Recently filed accounts for Marlow Foods Ltd, which trades as Quorn Foods, show turnover rose to £229.6m in the year ending 31 December 2019, up 4.6 per cent from £219.6m in 2018.

 Pre-tax profit was £19.3m down from £27.2m the previous year.

 The dip in profit was put down to costs associated with capacity constraints faced by the business in 2019, which limited its ability to meet demand. In response, Quorn has made a significant capacity investment relating to fermenting and forming capacity.

 In their report accompanying the results, the director said: "Demand in our UK and core markets continued to increase. Strong growth was experienced in the food service sector as out-of-home providers have recognised the demand for vegan products.

 "Our business with the quick serve restaurant sector is developing rapidly with launches in KFC, Costa Coffee, Hooters (USA), QSL-STEF SAS (France), and a range expansion with Greggs.

 "The group continues to invest heavily in R&D to provide innovative, leading edge products to meet consumer needs."

 During 2019, Quorn Foods secured a £123m funding facility to refinance its existing debt and to fund the future growth of the business.

 In June 2020, the company partnered with Liverpool FC, becoming the club's official sustainable protein partner.