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Vertically farmed burgers a growing hype in the UK

MYCO's range has been rolled out having been in development for well over a year. The products are made from Hooba, the Yorkshire firm's own plant-based protein. Hooba is manufactured under the same roof as Myco's pioneering vertical farm, where the oyster mushrooms used to create the protein are grown.

This production process, which results in reduced food miles, has resulted in Myco being heralded as creating 'Britain's Greenest Burger'. Now 10,000 of those burgers – along with 20,000 Hooba sausages – have initially been produced for the long-awaited launch.

"Developing and perfecting these products has been a true labour of love, so to finally bring them to market is an incredibly proud moment," said Sales Director, Andy Fenner. "Myco's team is full of parents and grandparents who want to play their part in giving our planet a future. Humans eat too much meat, so we need to find ways to make swapping it out of our diets a bit more appetizing."

"We wanted to manufacture a product that matched meat for texture and taste – and the feedback has been glowing. In a blind taste test, our sausages and burgers beat some of the biggest plant-based brands in Britain, and there was high praise for the mouthfeel which, historically, has been one of the big stumbling blocks to people eating less meat. Our next goal is to get Hooba onto shelves and tables across the country and let suppliers and customers see how good it tastes for themselves."

"We are over the moon that our range is finally packaged and ready to go and given how little impact its production has on our planet, we believe this could change the way food is manufactured. We hope that our sustainable manufacturing process could become a blueprint for the food industry."

Having already agreed listings with multiple suppliers, including some leading artisanal and plant-based wholesalers, the team have also been in pre-launch discussions with a range of retailers with the view of stocking and using Hooba. And production will be ramped up considerably over the coming years.

Having appointed former Vbites boss David Wood as CEO, Myco is set to create around 70 jobs following a £1.2m investment earlier this year. Those jobs will be based at the Leeming Bar production plant, which is the first in Britain to both grow and manufacture a plant-based protein under the same roof.

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