A sustainable food manufacturer has appointed an experienced new CEO ahead of a crucial stage in the firm’s growth.

MYCO are ramping up production of their plant-based protein at a new purpose-built production site in North Yorkshire.

David Wood has been hired as CEO as part of their growth strategy, which will see almost 70 new jobs created over the next three years.

“I’m thrilled to be joining MYCO especially at such an exciting time in the company’s expansion,” said David.

“This company has huge potential, and extraordinary work is being done here every single day to make a new generation of mouthwatering and sustainable plant-based products that make swapping out meat that bit easier for consumers.

“I was blown-away by the vision and ethos at MYCO, and I couldn’t be more excited about the future and where the company is headed.”

Bringing with him a quarter of a century of leadership experience from across the food industry, David has a proven track record of building and revitalising business.

During his career, David has led senior management teams and has implemented the strategic direction in several respected food firms, including Biscuits International, Northumbrian Fine Foods and VBites.

In his new role, he will oversee the development and launch of MYCO’s new environmentally sustainable food strategy at the firm’s pioneering 20,000sqft site in Leeming Bar.

The vertically farmed production unit is the first of its kind in the UK, and MYCO’s co-founder and chairman, John Shepherd, added: “This is an exciting time for MYCO, and we know David is the right person to help us grow the business.

“His track record speaks for itself, and with decades of experience in the food sector – including sustainable food producers – he’s a perfect fit for what is a key role for MYCO.

“We are all delighted he’s joined the business, and we can’t wait to see just how far we go in 2024.”