North Yorkshire manufacturer to launch Europe’s largest plant-based food factory

Plant & Bean, the North Yorkshire manufacturer of plant-based food products, is set to open Europe’s largest plant-based meat production facility in Boston, Lincolnshire.

The 2.83 million sq ft site, will have a planned initial capacity of 55,000 tonnes, and will provide sub-scale companies, larger international brands and retailers to help them meet growing demand for plant-based meat products and accelerate international expansion.

In a move to establish the world’s first global plant-based manufacturing platform, Plant & Bean will replicate the new UK site with production facilities in the USA next year, and Asia in 2022.

“Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to repair what is a broken food system,” said Plant & Bean CEO, Edwin Bark.

He added “Right now, 65% of consumers do not eat plant-based meats due to price and quality. With our two-pronged approach, we believe we are best placed to make the meaningful change required to tackle these issues. With our progressive global manufacturing strategy, brands will finally have the means to scale high-volume product ranges in order to lower the price-point for consumers.

“As regards product quality, we are making huge strides in improving the taste, texture and appearance of plant-based meat – bringing together the brightest minds in the food industry to reinvent the way we make plant-based meat at the ingredient and process level.”