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Factories turn unappetising mycoprotein into foodstuff snapped up by shoppers

It is an off-white paste with the consistency of Play-Doh and a malty whiff – and it is taking the high street by storm.

The unappetising formal name for this sought-after food is mycoprotein but it is better known to the growing ranks of vegetarians and vegans as the basis for products including mince, nuggets, burgers and now Gregg’s sellout vegan sausage rolls.

Quorn’s vast output is a far cry from its modest beginnings in 1985 when its first product went on sale in Sainsbury’s

The vegan Quorn used to fill the Greggs sausage rolls will trundle by lorry to the baker’s own factory in Newcastle

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