It is a staggering amount. Britain's favourite food to go is a kind of a big deal. Wel, a very big deal in fact. A great many British people owe their livelyhood to the industry.
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 in the home.
More sandwiches are consumed in hot weather than when it is wet or cold.
Well over 3,500,000,000 sandwiches are purchased from UK retail or catering outlets each year.
We paid over £7,850,000,000 for them – that’s as much as 36,500 brand new Ferraris.
That means the average price of a sandwich almost £2.07
Britain’s biggest sandwich retailer by £value in the UK is the American franchise chain Subway which has shot ahead of the UK’s biggest retailers, including Tesco, Greggs and Marks & Spencers, in the sandwich stakes in the value of the sandwiches they sell. However, Tesco outsells them in the numbers of sandwiches sold by several million.
In the UK there are over 300,000 people employed in the sandwich industry.