Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond, North Yorkshire, recently visited Quorn Foods’ Stokesley HQ to hear about the company’s efforts to build a more sustainable global food system.
Quorn, the alternative protein brand, invited Mr Sunak to visit its site in his constituency, which employs around 350 people locally, to show him how the company was developing products which can help consumers reduce their carbon footprint.
The MP met Marco Bertacca, Quorn Foods’ CEO, along with other members of the Operations team, before taking a tour of the factory.
Ahead of the UN’s upcoming COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November, Mr Bertacca had written to the MP about the company’s plan to participate at the event.
Quorn’s bid includes a live-streamed zero carbon cook-along to demonstrate how delicious food can be one of the solutions needed to tackle the climate crisis.
“Quorn is a major employer and a national and international brand leader headquartered here in Stokesley,” said Mr Sunak.
“I’ve been very impressed hearing about their plans to develop in a growing sector of the food industry, their commitment to research and development and the important part their products can play in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Marco Bertacca, Quorn Foods CEO, added: “We’re extremely proud of the innovation that is taking place at our Stokesley headquarters, which is focussed on creating delicious food that empowers consumers to eat a little less meat, as part of our collective fight against the climate crisis.
“Successfully tackling that crisis will require collaboration between business, government and consumers, and through our expertise in producing healthy, sustainable protein, we believe North Yorkshire and the UK will play an important part in that global effort.”