The go to product for anyone looking out for a convenient, quick and wholesome meal on the go, sandwich retail has come a long way from humble beginnings.
The first ‘packaged’ sandwich is believed to have been launched by Marks & Spencer in 1985 thanks to the creation of a ‘easy seal’ pack by Hans Blokmann, the then technical director of packaging supplier Danisco Otto Nielsen.
Chicken remains the most popular filling in commercially made sandwiches accounting for around 31% of all sandwiches.
Britons eat some 43,000 tonnes of chicken in sandwiches each year. That’s the same weight as 258 Blue Whales or 6,006 double decker busses.
However, chicken is gradually losing its dominance, with both egg and ham sandwiches gaining in popularity in the last year.
The following are the estimated volumes (in tonnes) of key ingredients used by the commercial sandwich market each year:
- Chicken 43,000
- Cheese 16,000
- Ham 15,000
- Egg 14,000
- Bacon 7,000
- Prawns 6,250
- Tuna 6,250
- Salmon 3,000
- Beef 2,750
- Sausages 250