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Issue 163 - May 2016

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Greggs to invest £100 million in new manufacturing centres of excellence, racklin is Newcastle’s latest sandwich business and one with a difference.

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News
  • Greggs is to invest around £100 million over the next five years in new manufacturing centres of excellence and shop expansion “substantially beyond 2,000 outlets in the UK”.
Profile
  • Temptations Café is one of the most professionally run independents I’ve ever been into. The food is fantastic, staff service and general friendliness amazing, and there’s huge attention paid to detail throughout, says Simon Ambrose.
  • Kracklin is Newcastle’s latest sandwich business and one with a difference, with a big focus on Canadian and U.S. roasted meat sandwiches. Simon Ambrose talked to co-founder Georgia Powell.
  • Pret A Manger technical manager Anita Kinsey has been in the job for 15 years, facing industry or national challenges such as foot and mouth, Sudan Red dye, and the horsemeat scandal, as well as the hugely expanding scale of the company.
Day in the life of
  • The British Sandwich & Food To Go Association’s PR Manager Gethin Evans shares his day with us and it’s a pretty intense affair. He wears several different hats at different times of the day as he juggles work with rugby training and voluntary commitments as Chairman of the Board of Directors at his local sports club.
Focus
  • Faced with losing market share to competitors in 2011, Shell knew they had to come up with a new retail format, with food on the go at the centre. The question was: what kind of format? This is how they achieved their remarkable turnaround.