SYSTON-based firm Pukka Pies is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is marking the milestone with a series of events, writes Emily Moulds.
The company was founded in 1963 by current chairman Trevor Storer and since then has grown from the family kitchen to produce 60 million pies a year.
Mr Storer’s first creation was the classic steak and kidney pie, closely followed by its faithful companion the chicken and mushroom pie, the recipe of which was penned by Mr Storer’s wife, Valerie, and is still used to this day.
Mr Storer sold 1,200 pies in his first week. By the end of the first year he employed just 12 members of staff.
Half a century on the family traditions are still going strong with Trevor’s sons, Tim and Andrew, presently sharing managing director duties and upholding family values at Pukka Pies which now employs over 280 staff.
Since the company was set up in 1963 pie sales have risen year on year, with sales continuing to thrive in the UK and host of European countries it serves.
Managing director Tim Storer said: “We’re delighted Pukka Pies has reached 50 years of business and will be looking to celebrate the year in typical Pukka Pie style.
“Our founding principle was to make superior quality pies and pasties using only the finest ingredients with highly trained and caring staff and these values continue today.
“In challenging economic times we’ve enjoyed excellent levels of growth and the recent £7 million factory extension is enabling us to continue that success story.”
A 50th birthday bash is to be held at the company’s Halfcroft manufacturing headquarters as part of its celebrations.
Alongside this there is set to be as many as 50 themed-activities throughout the year.
l For more about Pukka Pies visit www.pukkapies.co.uk