British Sandwich Week takes place between 22nd- 28th May. Every year British Sandwich Week celebrates the humble sandwich in all its glory as well as the contribution that the sandwich industry makes to the economy. The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association is the trade body behind the celebratory week.
The British Sandwich & Food to Go Association, is the trade body established in 1990 to represent the interests of all those businesses involved with the food on the move industry.
Members range from supermarkets and food to go manufacturers to sandwich bars, cafes and the suppliers of ingredients and equipment for the industry. As well as representing the interests of members to the Government, the Association sets industry standards and organises events such as British Sandwich Week and the annual British Sandwich & Food To Go Industry Awards, also known as the ‘Sammies’.
British consumers manage to munch their way through over 11.5 billion sandwiches each year. If you laid each one end to end, they would go around the world about 44 times. More than half of these were made and eaten at home.
Nationally, the sandwich is still the go-to lunch option for most Brits – with 72% of spending at lunchtime going on sandwiches.
Well over 3.6billion sandwiches are purchased from retail or catering outlets each year and we paid over £8 billion for them – that’s as much as 475,765 brand new Vauxhall Corsas (2020’s most popular car). The average price of a sandwich is conservatively estimated at £2.20.
What is a sandwich? The British Sandwich Association defines a sandwich as any form of bread with a filling, assembled cold – to include traditional wedge sandwiches, as well as filled rolls, baguettes, pitta, bloomers, wraps, bagels, and the like, but not burgers and other products assembled and consumed hot. Hot sandwiches are also included.
Pop into The Village Kitchen any time to enjoy our vast choice of sandwiches.