Plant & Bean join us on campus!


We’re pleased that Plant & Bean, a major plant-based food producer, has joined us as a new occupier onsite.

Plant & Bean Ltd is a developer and manufacturer of high-quality, plant-based food products and has taken on a large space for industry-leading research and development (R&D) facilities.

Plant & Bean is a new venture, created by Brecks’ Meat-Free Division and NR Instant PLC, a Thailand-based, stock-listed specialty food manufacturing. Its aim is to build a local and global certified manufacturing footprint that will make plant-based food more affordable and the new R&D space here at York Biotech Campus will help facilitate this.

The space that the company has taken includes three custom laboratories, each serving a different purpose in the lifecycle of product development. One is a culinary and innovation kitchen, fitted out in a bespoke stainless-steel design, and another is a ‘pilot plant’, where the elements of new products can be analysed and tested. The space also includes offices, allowing the R&D and regulatory team to be based onsite as well.

Our campus team worked collaboratively with Plant & Bean to make the fit-out of these spaces possible, helping to bring the company’s vision to life, all while managing the challenges of working at a social distance.

Liz Cashon, Innovation Campus Manager at York Biotech Campus said: “We’ve loved working with the Plant & Bean team to create this innovative R&D space and move them into their all new Covid-secure work environment.

“Welcoming a company such as Plant & Bean to the site is a great endorsement for the growing influence of the site. With a collaborative approach to its work and a desire to work with local Yorkshire stakeholders, we know Plant & Bean is going to be a great addition to the campus and we look forward to working closely with them to support their ongoing growth plans.”

James Hirst, CEO at Plant & Bean said: “We’re delighted with our new space onsite at York Biotech Campus. Moving to York Biotech Campus offered us a great opportunity to continue to build our local networks in Yorkshire, working amongst some of the brightest companies in biotechnology.

“The Campus is going to provide a great base for us moving forward, as we look to continue to grow. We know there is room for us to scale our operations where needed and a great onsite team to help us when we do so. We’re looking forward to making the most of the conference centre, when meeting in groups is safe, as we’d love to bring our stakeholders together on this beautiful campus.”