How Vegan Meat Brand Quorn Is Working Towards A Regenerative Food System

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As part of its overall sustainability mission which also saw the company introduce carbon emissions labeling on its products, legacy vegan and vegetarian meat alternative brand Quorn has become one of the first signatories to the Positive Food and Drink pledge, a manifesto that calls for a regenerative food system.

Positive Impact Community, which works to empower the regenerative economy, launched an initiative last spring with a 12-driver manifesto that calls on food and drink companies across the world to collaboratively work towards rebuilding the broken food system by focusing their efforts on positively impacting the environment and community.

According to a recent report, around 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the food and drink sector, and shockingly, a third of all food produced goes to waste, while a quarter of the global population faces food insecurity.

The manifesto’s 12 drivers include prioritizing health and education; support for climate action; dealing with food insecurity; limiting food waste; embracing new foods; switching to alternative packaging and regenerative agriculture; sustainable distribution; developing healthy supply webs; forging partnerships for change; adopting flexitarian and plant-based diets and expanding urban farming.

Through knowledge, resources, and a peer-led community, Positive enables its members to actively work towards a sustainable future. It even has a Positive Compass, a methodology that is guided by the 5Ps – Purpose, Planet, People, Partners and Places.

Building a sustainable food system

Sustainable development manager of Quorn Foods, Tess Kelly, said in a statement that that “food is at the heart of communities, global health, and the future of this planet”.

She added that the current food system is broken, “which devastates lives and livelihoods around the world. We have a unique window of opportunity to make radical changes to the way we all think about, produce, consume and share food to have a net positive impact on people and the planet, and create a food system that we are proud to hand over to the next generation. That mission is aligned to our own ambition at Quorn Foods, and we proudly support the urgent call to transform our food system today to meet the needs of tomorrow. We ask everyone to join us to demand fair, healthy and sustainable food for the future.”

We have a unique window of opportunity to make radical changes to the way we all think about, produce, consume and share food to have a net positive impact on people and the planet, and create a food system that we are proud to hand over to the next generation

Tess Kelly, sustainable development manager, Quorn Foods

‘A fundamental shift’

Positive CEO & co-founder, Niels de Fraguier believes a regenerative approach is key: “If the future has a voice and is calling to us, it’s for a fundamental shift to a truly regenerative economy. The Food and Drink sector has the power to lead this shift. All of the tools we need to make evolutionary change are already here. By pledging to support the Positive Food and Drink Manifesto, companies across the world are showing they have the vision to make purposeful change and move us all towards a better future.”

All of the tools we need to make evolutionary change are already here. By pledging to support the Positive Food and Drink Manifesto, companies across the world are showing they have the vision to make a purposeful change and move us all towards a better future

Niels de Fraguier, Positive CEO & co-founder

Other Positive Food and Drink signatories include sustainable food delivery startup BarePack; Better Food Foundation; Food Waste Coalition; Irish carbon-neutral beverage company, The Naked Collective; The Sustainable Restaurant Association and zero-emission last-mile
delivery service Ecofleet.

Quorn’s green future

Quorn made headlines recently when its owner, Monde Nissin, filed to go public, making it the Philippines’ first billion-dollar IPO, as plant-based food sales have continued to rise due to the boom in the alternative protein sector.

Last November, the brand decided to expand its home delivery service in Singapore with a range of meat-free dim sum products as demand from Asian consumers continues to grow due to health awareness and sustainability. 

Quorn is making commitments beyond sustainable agriculture. The company has ordered a nutritional review that will be conducted across the brand’s product portfolio in order to tackle obesity, pandemics, and climate change all at once.


Lead image courtesy of Quorn.


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