Approximately 70 jobs will be created as a plant-based food manufacturer moves into a huge new product development site. MYCO Holdings will transform a former food manufacturing plant in Leeming Bar into a vertically farmed production unit - the first site of its kind in the UK.

The North East-based firm hopes the move into the purpose-built 20,000 sqft site will launch an exciting period of growth amid an expected boom in sales of plant-based meat substitutes.

Chairman John Shepherd, CEO David Wood, and CEO Julian Croslegh - Image: MYCO.

John Shepherd, co-founder and chairman of MYCO: “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.”

The move follows months of work with Judith Turner of North Yorkshire Council to secure the unit, which, given its proximity to the A1, will further aid sustainability by reducing food miles.