By Kiersten Thamm, on Feb 13, 2020

Quorn chooses Contentful to satisfy the global meat-free market

Illustration of person at a computer with Quorn illustrations behind the individual.

We talked with Jonny Wilcox, Account Director at Anything, about how Contentful drastically cut website production times, streamlined workflow and supersized localization for Quorn — a beloved brand for plant-based products.

When Quorn launched in 1985, scampi and chicken Kiev ruled the kitchen dinner table.

The company, now owned by multinational Monde Nissin Corporation, has been winning over tastebuds ever since with meat-free burgers, nuggets, sausages, deli slices, roasts and fishless fillets. Across markets Quorn offers over 100 products with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To keep up with the appetite for Quorn’s range of products in a growing global marketplace, the company’s websites needed a refresh. With the objective of becoming the first $1 billion global brand in the meat-free category, they knew that brand communication would play a key role. That meant launching new websites in both existing markets and new markets as quickly as possible.

Quorn turned to Anything and chose Contentful to manage their content. It’s proved a fruitful partnership: Quorn launched 21 new websites in less than three months, and teams can now upload recipes faster than it takes to cook some of them.

Image from Quorn website

What are the top three business problems that Contentful solved?

Jonny Wilcox:

  1. Long lead times when launching websites in new markets. On average it took six to 12 months for teams to launch a new website from brief to live. For example, the previous CMS would not allow writers to populate content until page structures were finalized. This led to elongated development timelines.

  2. Poor user experience. The previous CMS was overcomplicated. It included a lot of additional features that the team didn’t use and slowed down writers and editors when editing or adding new content to websites. Now adding a new recipe only takes around 20 minutes for multiple locales, including Quorn’s key markets.

  3. The existing international websites were managed in situ. Multiple codebases needed to be supported, which lead to inconsistencies in formatting and content between sites. And the more codebases, the more development work required. For example, when the team wanted to include a video feature in our recipes, developers needed to add that field into each codebase. This demanded significant development costs and time. Something that used to take a full day now only takes a few hours with Contentful.

Were there any increases in engagement or conversion rates thanks to the switch to Contentful?

Jonny Wilcox: As a result of a consistent, mobile-first approach to key markets, the team saw the following average year-on-year comparison before and after launch:

  • 36% increase in organic traffic across key markets

  • 59% increase in organic sessions across key markets

  • 38% decrease in page load times across key markets

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Kiersten Thamm

Managing editor of the Contentful blog and API obsessed. Kiersten collaborates with Contentful's makers and users to write articles that support the community. She’s happiest when helping others talk about their Contentful-powered dream projects.