vegan factory open newcastle bringing 300 jobs

New VBites factory will bring 300 jobs to local community

Heather Mills announces plans for new VBites production site in Newcastle with support from HSBC.

Heather Mills at Vegan Festival
Heather Mills at Vegan Festival

VBites, owned by Heather Mills, is set to expand following a seven figure funding package from HSBC UK.

The bank’s financial backing will allow the vegan food manuafacturer to progress plans for its third factory in the UK.

The new factory is expected to be located in Newcastle and will bring 300 jobs to the local area.

VBites opened its second site in May 2018 in Peterlee, County Durham, with its founding facility located in Corby.

“Demand for vegan produce has increased by 900%”

VBites is already seeking a fourth location to grow the business further, with demand for product ever increasing.

The funding will also enable VBites to purchase new state-of-the-art food manufacturing equipment. Including high-performance mixing, blending & slicing machinery and a packaging line for new products.

Heather Mills said: “After decades of promoting plant-based foods to help the animals, health and the environment, finally the world woke up.”

She continued: “The demand for vegan produce has increased by 900% in the last three years, meaning we needed assistance to help increase our productivity, which is where HSBC UK stepped in.”

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HSBC UK Area Director, Nick Hicks, added: “VBites’ expansion will not only bring new jobs to the city of Newcastle but will also see global exporting opportunities increase for this fantastic UK based company.” 

The rapidly expanding business offers over 540 vegan substitutes including Fish-Free Smoked Salmon Slices, Dairy-Free Pepperjack Cheezly and Meat-Free Maple Cured Rashers.

VBites aims to deliver on the taste and texture of dairy, fish and meat using a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach.

The business exports to 24 countries world-wide and further expansion is expected into the USA following this successful period of growth.

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