North Yorkshire-based Heck Food has invested £1.5m in new machinery to help meet demand for its vegan and chicken sausages and burgers.

The company launched four new vegan ranges into the UK high street in January, including it's first meat free sausage into Morrisons.

Other recent launches include its Peck range of heart shaped 'vegan valentines' into Asda, a vegan frankfurter, an ultimate vegan burger and a chicken and sage chipolata.

Heck has now upgraded its vegan foods factory with a £500,000 injection and installed a £1m robotic chicken sausage making machine at its 'Sausage World' facility in Bedale.

Co-Founder and sales director Jamie Keeble said: "We are the UK's fastest growing vegan brand and the vegan sector will be 30 per cent of business this year, mainly export. We are literally taking Heck around the world to the Middle and Far East, US and across Europe, hence the £500,000 investment into new equipment making production more efficient.

"We are also seeing a real growth in the 'Megan' market – flexitarian - as people look at introducing more plant based food into their diet and also different types of meat, such as chicken. We now sell more chicken than pork sausages and the new robotic chicken line will increase production capacity and enable us to produce over a one million sausages a day."