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We celebrate the 250thn Anniversary of the Sandwich.

International Sandwich and Snack News magazine is the official journal of the British Sandwich Association (BSA), the UK body representing Sandwich makers, suppliers and retailers.

The magazine is published six times a year and distributed to retail buyers, caterers, sandwich bars and associated businesses in the industry.

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250th Anniversary
  • Celebrations for the 250th Anniversary of the Sandwich got underway this month (January) with the launch of a new consumer website – – and will be ratcheted up again in February.
Sandwich Research
  • A new report on the UK sandwich sector comes up with some fascinating findings; it also suggests some practical approaches sandwich retailers can take to win additional business. Patrick Noone, a senior executive at Technomic, Inc, explainss.
  • John and Penny Earnshaw returned from Dubai to open their dream café and sandwich bar in Cardiff towards the end of last year as Taste’s first franchisee. We left them just before they opened. How have they fared since?
New Developments
  • Former barrister Jocelyn Robinson has set up Go- Go Gaggia, a coffee shop with a difference: it operates from the back of a two-seater Smart car.
News Focus
  • Tasties recent acquisition by PK Food Concepts Ltd, (Pasta King) will see the ex-Brambles Foods management team of Howard Farquhar and Guy Truman move back into the sandwich sector. It also signals the start of a bid to take the company from regional to national status.
Nellie Nichols Top Five
  • Nellie Nichols has seen a lot of sandwich bars in her capacity as reviewer and consultant over the years, so to kick the New Year off we asked her for her top five nominations.
  • Gluten free products are now regulated by new labelling laws, which came into effect this month. Sally Allister, managing director of GF Foods, spells out the details.
Food Trends
  • Being aware of customer trends, both on a micro and macro level, is a vital part of any sandwich businesses’ success. So what are we likely to see this year? Food & Drink Towers’ new annual report provides some welcome answers.
  • Cleaning might not a glamorous chore, but it’s one that should always be top of a manager’s priority list, says sandwich manufacturer Raynor Foods’ technical manager Tom Hollands.