Sunshine brings on Blackpool sandwich milestone

The 20 millionth sandwich is loaded onto the wagon for Spar in blackpool
The 20 millionth sandwich is loaded onto the wagon for Spar in blackpool
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A Team of Blackpool sandwich makers is celebrating after producing their 20 millionth sandwich.

Almost five years to the day since the first product ‘rolled’ off the line, the Sandwich Manufacturing Division of James Hall & Co, today produced it’s 20 millionth sandwich.

The sandwiches which are made in a unit on Amy Johnson Way in Blackpool are sold in SPAR stores across the North of England.

In addition to the traditional ‘triangle’, the factory also produces wraps, flatbreads and bloomers making 28 different products in total as well as packing a number of cake products such as Rocky Road and Gingerbread Men.

Andrew Barnes, trading director at James Hall & Co said: “We were expecting to reach this landmark in mid-June, however the recent good weather has caused our sales to rocket meaning we have reached it weeks earlier.

“Sandwiches are really key to our fresh food offer in SPAR and our stores sell an average of over 160 of them every week.”

On several of the biggest selling lines SPAR retailers also donate 5p to NSPCC/ChildLine on every sandwich sold. To date, those donations have raised over £170,000.

The sandwich manufacturing division employs 50 staff across three production lines in Blackpool and, as a result of continued growth in sales, the company has recently installed a further line at its Bowland View site, Preston, creating 12 further jobs.

The company said the most popular selling sandwich in the UK is the Chicken Salad Sandwich and this was also reflected in the Blackpool factory’s sales.

James Hall & Company is a Preston based family business, founded in 1863 and oneof Lancashire’s largest employers with 650 staff.

It is the SPAR distributor for the North of England and supplies over 500 stores across the region.

SPAR is the world’s largest international food retail chain, with nearly 16,000 stores in 34 countries.