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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has visited the Quorn factory in Billingham to recognise the meat substitute company’s £150million investment in the region.

Mr Houchen met management and staff to learn about how Quorn is made and how the company’s investment, which includes adding an extra fermenter to the Billingham site, will make the site the largest of its kind in the world and create up to 300 new jobs.

The global meat-free brand has its headquarters nearby in the North Yorkshire town of Stokesley. It exports its meat replacement products, which have become a household name with celebrity endorsers including Sir Mo Farah, around the world, including to new markets in Asia.

During the visit, Mr Houchen was given a tour of the company’s production facilities, and took the chance to get involved in the Quorn production process, expertly supervised by the company’s employees.

Ben Houchen said: “Quorn’s investment in its Billingham site is a huge boost for the Tees Valley’s economy and will create hundreds of jobs. This is an important demonstration of confidence, not only in our region but in its skills base. It proves yet again that major companies, that trade worldwide, are confident that Tees Valley and its workforce can deliver for them in the post-Brexit world.

“Quorn’s products made here in Billingham are sold throughout the UK and around the world and will be an important part of our export offering, while the jobs the company is creating will help to support hundreds of local families.”

Kevin Brennan, CEO of Quorn Foods said: “We are proud to be a great British success story here in the Tees Valley. We continue to believe this is a great place to base our business and thus are committed to extensive investment and job creation in the region.”

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