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11th January 2024  Content supplied by: MYCO HOLDINGS PLC

MYCO Opens 'First Site of its Kind' in UK


MYCO will be transforming a former food manufacturing plant in Leeming Bar, UK, into a vertically farmed production unit. It will be the first site of its kind in the UK and almost 70 jobs will be created following MYCO's move into the huge new product development site.

It is hoped the move into the purpose-built 20,000sqft site will launch an exciting period of growth amid an expected boom in sales of plant-based meat substitutes.

This is a great move for MYCO, and one we all believe will help the business unlock its extraordinary potential. This new site is a food industry first, and the concept of combining both the growing of the raw materials and the manufacturing of the finished product under one roof will pave the way for more sustainable food manufacturing practices in the future,” said John Shepherd, co-founder and chairman of MYCO.

Our own plant-based protein is made from oyster mushrooms and has already attracted interest from a host of household names across the food industry and the management team received a warm welcome when they took over the site in November – when they found mushrooms were already growing around the grounds!

Since then, the site’s been cleared in preparation for production to ramp up in 2024. The move follows months of work with Judith Turner of North Yorkshire Council to secure the unit, which given its proximity to the A1 road, will further aid sustainability by reducing food miles.

MYCO's CEO, David Wood, believes the new unit helps future-proof the business while allowing us to expand on multiple fronts. “MYCO’s goal isn’t to turn the world into vegans but is to encourage meat-eaters to eat more sustainable plant-based products,” said David.

We believe we can achieve this by having products that taste fantastic and are made with kitchen cupboard ingredients. The business believes that creating mouthwatering alternatives that resemble ‘proper’ food will make swapping from meat to plant-based substitutes far easier. This site will allow us to press on with that vision, whilst for the first time ever in the UK, giving customers the chance to choose genuinely sustainable, vertically farmed products. We hope our unique, sustainable approach can be mirrored by other food producers as ultimately, our biggest priority is to help the planet survive – we just hope we can play our part.”

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