Meat substitute manufacturer Quorn Foods is set to create around 400 jobs in the UK thanks to a £30 million investment in its Teesside site.
The vegetarian product specialist has enjoyed a successful 15 months, possibly due to concerns about the origin of some meats following last year's horse meat scandal.
In light of this, the company is planning to install an additional fermenter at its Billingham factory, which it is hoped will boost production levels by around 50 per cent.
Kevin Brennan, chief executive of Quorn Foods, commented: "As people are rethinking their meat-eating habits, demand for our products has soared and we're now in a position where we need to expand our production facilities."
In the first three months of this year, sales increased for the firm by 13.5 per cent, while annual turnovers have grown by seven per cent since 2012, rising from £131 million to £140.9 million.
Quorn Foods has also experienced an increase in its operating profits, which have recently risen by £500,000 to £11.3 million.
A £15 million global marketing strategy saw more than two million additional customers being attracted to the brand's products, taking its total consumer base to over 12.2 million people, with meat-eaters outnumbering vegetarian purchasers.
The company has its headquarters in Stokesley, but employs around 600 people across several sites and exports its vegetarian products to 13 different countries.
Around £30 million is to be invested in the Billingham site over the next 18 months, which will see 100 construction jobs being created, along with 300 food manufacturing roles across the factory's supply chain.
Mr Brennan added that these jobs would boost "the local economy at a time when it is most needed".
In addition to these 400 roles, the company has already created around 20 new jobs this year, including several apprenticeships and overseas commercial positions.
Quorn Foods is currently the 35th largest food brand in the UK, ahead of several major household names including Innocent, Doritos and Heinz.