Quorn, one of the world's most recognizable meat-free brands, will open the Quorn Food Application Centre in Wageningen, the Netherlands. This new innovation center will support the further growth of Quorn’s mycoprotein-based products around the world. Oost NL supported Quorn in finding a location, together with Wageningen Campus, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, World Food Centre and Kadans Science Partner.
Wilco Meijer, Rob Steur, Natasja Lemmens and Bert Hafkamp (left to right)
Quorn Foods is the original pioneer of meat substitutes, launching their first product in the UK in 1985. Quorn products are made with the unique meat-free protein – Quorn mycoprotein – as well as other plant-based ingredients. The company provides a wide range of meat alternatives enjoyed by vegetarians, vegans - and anyone wanting to eat less meat – in 20 markets around the world.
Wilco Meijer, Head of Science and Technology at Quorn: "The choice for Wageningen is easy to explain, we are here in the Foodvalley among numerous other innovative companies and knowledge institutions that are engaged in the protein transition. We hope to benefit from this as Quorn and make a contribution to the ecosystem located here."
In choosing the location, Quorn could count on the support of Oost NL, NFIA and various partners in the region: "Oost NL supported us by introducing us to relevant networks, providing information about the region and the strong alternative protein sector."
Environmental and economic impact
Marloes de Goeijen, advisor new business at Oost NL: "Quorn, as a major player in the global meat-free market, adds a lot of value to Oost Nederland as a world player in the alternative protein sector. Having the Quorn R&D team in Wageningen contributes to the innovation strength of our region. In addition, with their mission to provide healthy food for people and planet, the company provides clear social and environmental impact."