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10 Reasons Why We Love Sarnies
Wednesday May 11 2016 03:43
New Strategy Delivers Second Successive Year Of Record profits For Greggs
Thursday March 03 2016 05:05
Sammies Scooped Up By M&S And Pret At Sarnies Knees Up
Tuesday May 19 2015 10:05
Tesco Pick Up Sarnie Crown For Second Year Running
Monday May 18 2015 06:18
Full Speed Ahead For Rustlers Super 6 Micro-snacks
Friday October 31 2014 06:32
New Taste New Packaging For Rustlers Tikka Naan
Tuesday September 09 2014 07:15
Range Of Deli Sandwiches & Subs Without The Calories
Tuesday August 19 2014 05:56
Hot Naan's Taps Into World Taste In Convenience
Tuesday March 25 2014 09:59
Warburtons Taps Into Taste For Sandwich Alternatives
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Best Of British Sandwich Range From Waitrose
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Hot New Stuffed Subs From Ginsters Fill A Gap
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Ginsters Launch 2 New Sandwiches To Kick Off 2012
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Spar Sarnies & Wraps Get Revamp From James Hall
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
One-0-One Introduces A Whole New Creative Concept In Burgers
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Christmas Special Seasonal Sarnies From Ginsters
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
URBAN Extend Its Ultimate Range With Wraps & Sub Roll
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All Day Breakfast Joins Ginsters Successful Hot Bara Sarnie Range
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Greggs Recognized For Help Shaping UK Sandwich Industry
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KCF Look For Big Splash With High Profile Zugos Deli Cafe Campaign
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Ginsters Promote New Cornish Bara Snacks With iPhone App
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Ginsters Refresh Sandwich Range
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Rustlers Hot Subs Smash Records With 10m Y1 Sales
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Impress Sandwiches Launch New Range Of Wraps
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Butt Introduce First Tiger Paninis For Foodservice
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Top Keynote Speakers For lunch! Show For Food-to-go
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Tesco Produce Ultimate Food On-The-Go: Lasagne Sandwich
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Upper Crust Celebrates Frsh Fruit In New Baguette Range
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
Sandwich Giants Don't Have It All Their Own Way At Sammies
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Chicken Fillings Dominate In Britain's Favourite Sandwiches
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Ginsters Put Fire Into Wraps Range For Summer
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Rustlers Follow Up Success Of Hot Subs With Chicken & Bacon Variety
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BSA's State Of The Nation's Sandwiches Report
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:41
The Sandwich Has Never Been So Popular - So Why Not Join The Celebrations
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Ginsters Ring In Christmas With Festive Sarnies
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Tesco Launch Fish Finger Sandwich As Comfort Food For Recession
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Shippams Go gourmet With Sandwich Fillings
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Sandwich Designer Nellie Nichols Honoured At Sammies
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Uniq Winners In M&S Sandwich Supplier Consolidation
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Giles Foods Launch Tomato & Chilli Dough Balls
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New Meat Free Wrap From Pick Me
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Fresh New Look For fresh! Eco-Friendly Organic Sandwiches
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Heinz Use Sauces Know-how to Launch Into Sandwich Market
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Kepak Launch New Panini To Accelerate UGO's Deli Cafe Growth
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Gibsons Rejuvenate Morrisons Best Sandwich Range
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New Range Of Salt And Fat Free Products Ideal For Sandwiches
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Sophistication & Health Key For New Sandwich Brand
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Beacon Foods Celebrates Sammies Award
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The Sandwich Factory Grows By 7%
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Subway Founder Honoured At Sammies Awards
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Consumers Not Detered By High Price Of Sandwiches
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Shortlist For Sandwich Industry Awards
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Small Sandwich Maker Nominated For Marketing Award
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Kecap Launches Panini With Unisex Appeal
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Honeytop Relauch Naan Range For Marks & Spencer
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Gibsons Winners With New Range Hot Wraps For Sayers
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Duchy Originals Launch Organic Premium Sandwich Range
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Christmas Cheese Board In A Sandwich
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Bacon Tops The Nation's Favourite Sandwich Filling
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Rollover Hot Dogs Get Walkabout Outing
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Sandwich Taste Experience Puts NPD In Spotlight
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Tindale & Stanton's Phoenix Comeback
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Successful Year For The Sandwich Factory
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Scoff Sandwiches Cater For All Tastes From Simply To Posh
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Greggs Buoyed Up By Favourable Weather
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Bacon Butty Makes A Move Upmarket
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Saucey New Wrap Kits From Discovery
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Glendale Launch Fashionable Mini Cheese Burgers
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Chicken Is The Nation's Favourite Sandwich Filling
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It's A Wrap For Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding
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Discovery Launch New Wrap
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W H Smith Prepare To Launch Assault On Sandwich Market
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Delifrance Grab Top Prizes for Bread Products At BFFF Awards
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Butternut Squash The Seasonal Vogue Ideal For Fillings
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M&S Pick Of The Pack At Sammies
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3663 Launch New Bakery Range
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Consumers Turn Their Backs On Bland Healthy Sandwiches
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Fresh Foods Category Grow In Convenience Stores
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UK Sandwich Market Valued At £2.8bn
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Richard Johnson To Judge British Sandwich Awards
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10 Reasons Why We Love Sarnies
This week is British Sandwich Week (8 to 14 May) and we in the UK absolutely love sarnies. We spent £7.85bn on them last year and www.lovesarnies.com has compiled the 10 biggest reasons why we all love the ultimate food to go – the sandwich.

1. Convenience – It is the easiest thing in the world to buy for lunch. Independent shops, cafés, and supermarkets – everyone, it seems, sells sandwiches.
2. Content – Whatever you want to eat, whatever style of cuisine, flavours, meat/veggie, and diary/vegan – you name it there’s a sandwich to suit.
3. Portion size – the classic wedge sandwich pack is ideal for a busy lunch, a sub or baguette great for larger appetites – there’s always one to suit you.
4. Fibre – Bread has fibre, vegetables, too and it all helps our digestive health. Better digestion means better absorption of all the other nutrients, too.
5. Nutrients – while we’re on the topic, are packed in with salad ingredients etc. Be honest, you’d leave a side salad but we tend to eat it inside a sandwich!
6. Lifestyle – whatever your goals there’s a sandwich for you. Supermarkets alone sell over 150 different varieties – plus seasonal specials and then there’s the independent sandwich shops where you build your own.
7. Price – the average UK sandwich costs just £2.25 – just great value.
8. Cake – yes, why not? When we buy something to accompany our sarnies, 2 in 5 of us choose cake!
9. Bread – It’s the new coffee - everyone now has their favourite. Focaccia, baguette, barm, cob, panini, wrap, pitta or a good old doorstep!
10. It’s a great British invention – yes, last but by no means least we love sarnies because it’s our gift to global cuisine. And it woven into our culinary DNA!
Item last updated:   Tuesday May 19 2015 10:05
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New Strategy Delivers Second Successive Year Of Record profits For Greggs
Two years into its strategic plan, and Greggs have delivered another record year for profits.

2015 Financial highlights include:
•Total sales up 5.2% to £835.7m (excluding 53rd week in 2014)
•Company-managed shop like-for-like sales* up 4.7% (2014: 4.5%)
•Pre-tax profit excluding exceptional items** up 25.4% to £73.0 m (2014: £58.3m)
•Strong cash generation supported capital investment and £20m special dividend
•Total ordinary dividend per share up 30.0% to 28.6p (2014: 22.0p)
Strategic progress includes:
•Growth driven by our strategy to focus on the growing food-on-the-go market
•Further improvements to product range launched, including 'heat-to-eat' sandwich range and extended breakfast menu
•'Balanced Choice' range of healthier options now accounts for 10% of total sales
•202 shop refurbishments plus 20 café conversions
•122 new shops opened, 74 closures; 1,698 shops trading at 2 January 2016
•Investment in systems to simplify processes and improve efficiency on track
•Planned £100m investment in manufacturing and distribution operations over the next five years
"In 2015 we delivered another excellent performance in the second year of our strategy to transform Greggs from a traditional bakery business into a modern, attractive food-on-the-go retailer," said Roger Whiteside, Chief Executive.

"We have made significant progress across the business change programme, consequently our estate is stronger and our products, value and service are all improving the experience for customers.

"This year has started well and the consumer outlook remains positive with disposable incomes expected to grow further in 2016. Overall 2016 will be another year of significant change as we advance with our strategic plan and propose major investment in our supply chain. Alongside this we are confident of delivering a further year of underlying growth."

Mr Whiteside said in 2015 Greggs has made significant progress across all areas of the strategic plan, with the result that Greggs' estate is stronger and the products, value and service are all improving the experience for customers. Trading conditions have continued to be favourable and the business has grown sales whilst continuing to drive efficiencies in operations, resulting in a second consecutive year of record profits.

Total sales grew to £835.7 million in 2015, up 5.2% on a comparable 52 week basis and up 3.7% when compared to the 53 week financial year in 2014. Company-managed shop like-for-like sales grew by 4.7% and our franchised shops continued to perform well.

Operating profit (before exceptional items in 2014) grew by 25.9% to £73.1 million and pre-tax profit (before exceptional items in 2014) grew by 25.4% to £73.0 million.

Market conditions continued to be favourable during 2015, with low inflation leading to further rises in real disposable consumer income. Greggs saw strong growth throughout the year, although customer footfall in some shopping locations was subdued in the final quarter, resulting in slower growth in this period. The market for food-on-the-go remains highly competitive but Greggs like-for-like sales performance demonstrates the strength of its brand, its quality and its differentiated offer. Greggs appeals to a broad customer base and we saw increased numbers of customer visits as well as growth in average transaction values in the year.

Demand for breakfast products continues to grow strongly as increasing numbers of customers look to grab breakfast as they go about their busy lives. In the early part of the year Greggs successfully extended the breakfast menu to include free-range egg omelette in addition to breakfast baguettes.

Growth in sandwich sales continued its momentum in the second year following the category re-launch and the business saw a further step-up in sales with the successful launch of the new 'heat-to-eat' sandwich range in the autumn.

The Balanced Choice range offers healthier choices with fewer than 400 calories and which are either amber or green on the FSA traffic light system. This has provided a strong platform for growth, with sales already accounting for 10% of turnover. Success this year has come from range extensions including soup and salads, 'heat-to-eat' sandwiches and 'no added sugar' soft drinks.

Greggs has another strong pipeline of new product developments planned for 2016. Balanced Choice development remains a priority with new soup options recently launched and a new freshly-prepared salad range planned for the summer.

Traditional bakery favourites in savoury and sweet products remain very important and Greggs has an exciting line up of new developments and quality upgrades in our plans for this year. The business also aims to build on its strong growth in sandwich sales, with further improvements this spring to maintain momentum in this part of our offer.
Item last updated:   Tuesday May 19 2015 10:05
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Sammies Scooped Up By M&S And Pret At Sarnies Knees Up
The Sammies or the Sandwich Industry Awards have recognized the great and the good of the sandwich industry at a gala ceremony in London.

The British Sandwich Association identified not only best sandwiches but also the best places to get them and all the work that goes in to making the ultimate food to go.

Hosting the show was Michelin starred celebrity chef, Theo Randall. He handed out the coveted Sammies having also been head judge at the British Sandwich Designer Grand Final in the afternoon. A competition which brought sandwich designers from across the UK and one from Amsterdam.

At the grand gala dinner and awards, a record 674 of the industry’s finest were gathered and a total of 21 cut glass awards were given out. M&S and Pret led the way with a pair of awards each but there were awards too for Waitrose, Tesco, The Co-Operative, Boots and EAT.

The event also saw the industry’s best independent sandwich bars, coffee shops and bakeries win Gold and/or Platinum awards. The sandwich bar sector has led the growth in the industry this year with a very healthy 7.5% growth by volume in the last 12 months. Cafés and coffee shops have seen a 9.8% rise in value in that same period.

Meanwhile the convenience store has reported a very mixed bag of results. Volume is down 7% but value is up 5.4%. The worst performing sector of the sandwich market has been the garage forecourts. Sales are down in both volume (-11.2%) and value terms (-12.7%).

The winners of the awards are:

* The BSA Sandwich Manufacturer of the Year Award - MELTON FOODS
* The New Sandwich Product/Equipment Award - Ingredient Category: STREET EATS Dill Gherkin Mustard; Equipment Category: PLANGLOW Street Box/Deli Paper
* The British Sandwich Industry Award - MARK ARNOLD
* The BSA Technical Excellence Award - TOM HOLLANDS AND KAROLINA RUTKOWSKA - Raynors Sandwiches
* The Sandwich Marketing Award - BOOTS – Nutritious ‘On Your Way To 5 A Day’
* The New Sandwich of the Year Award - Standard Category: WAITROSE
Love Life Calorie Controlled, Turkey And Pastrami; Premium Category: MARKS & SPENCER, Ultimate Cornish Cruncher Cheddar with Pickled Onion Chutney; Hot Eating Category: MARKS AND SPENCER, BBQ Pulled pork bun with deli style slaw and gherkins; Promotional Sandwich Category: PRET, Veggie Christmas Lunch
* The Independent Sandwich Bar of the Year Award - TRADE, Commercial Street, London
* The Specialist Sandwich Bar Chain of the Year Award - EAT
* The Sandwich Multiple Retailer of the Year Award - TESCO
* The Sandwich Convenience Retailer of the Year Award - THE CO-OPERATIVE
* The En-Route Sandwich Retailer of the Year Award - GREGGS
* The Bakery Sandwich Shop of the Year Award - Chain Category: GREENHALGH’S; Independent Category: Kamps, Tottenham Court Road, London
* The Cafe Sandwich Retailer of the Year Award - Independent Category: PICNIC, Falmouth; Chain Category: PRET CAFÉ
* The Workplace Sandwich Provider of the Year Award - SODEXO
* The BSA Sandwich Manufacturer of the Year Award - MELTON FOODS

Item last updated:   Tuesday May 19 2015 10:05
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