A VBites spokesperson was quoted as saying: “Peterlee was bought and heavily invested in to bring employment to the North East to scale for the vegan plant-based food industry. The owner has put millions into the plant with no support from the Government or the banks. Because of Covid-19 and the fact Peterlee was for foodservice restaurants, it is currently in furlough. As soon as the restaurants open we will be re-evaluating the situation.”
The second VBites factory in Newcastle has been continuing to produce its plantbased fish products as well as its popular vegan cheeses for Domino’s Pizza, Goodfella’s, Birdseye, Asda, and other UK supermarkets.
“We still wish to scale up in the North East and do everything we can, even though advised against it the owner is putting everything into making this happen,” said the spokesperson.