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Issue 179 - February 2019

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The latest industry news, profiles of inspiring businesses and the Sammies Awards 2019 get underway.

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News Focus
  • Samworth Brothers has acquired 2 Sisters’ Manton Wood sandwich business.
  • SSP Group, the operator of SSP Group, the operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, is opening what it says is the UK’s first airside M&S Food to Go, in Birmingham Airport.
  • Adelie Foods is closing its Kilmarnock production site and shifting production to its southern sites, distributing nationally from its three remaining UK factories.
Profile
  • IIn a bold new move, Crussh has launched a trial format, plant based pop-up in a bid to appeal to growing numbers of meat-avoiders and vegans.
  • Pure, the London-based food to go retailer, is expanding fast with 15 shops currently, fresh food from on-site kitchens and sales of over £19m last year. So how did it all start? Co-founder Spencer Craig revealed that the cartoon character Roadrunner taught him his more valuable business lesson, at the recent IGD Food To Go conference
  • Theale’s La Baguetterie is the town’s most successful sandwich business, serving both locals and the many office staff in the area with a range of wraps and baguettes.
The Sammies
  • The countdown is on for theSammies Awards 2019. The Sammies Awards take place on Thursday 9th May at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel. Hosted by celebrity chef Theo Randall, the evening promises to be a night of celebration with a plethora of awards announced including new for 2019, Sandwich & FTG Healthy Eating Award.
BSA
  • Proposals from Public Health England (PHE) for the calories in commercially made sandwiches to be cut by 20% by 2024 have been questioned by The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association.