Greggs has warned that its prices are likely to increase for the second time this year as it continues to struggle with cost hikes.
Despite the bakery chain already increasing some of its prices at the start of this year, it has announced that it further changes are expected, saying the ‘cost of doing business’ is expected to rise between 6% and 7% due to higher staffing and ingredient costs.
However, Greggs has stressed that it will try to protect its reputation for being ‘outstanding value for money’.
A Greggs spokesperson said: “This has necessitated some price increases, which were made at the start of this year, and further changes are expected to be necessary.
“As ever, we will work to mitigate the impact of this on customers, protecting Greggs’ reputation for exceptional value in the freshly-prepared food-to-go market.
“Given this dynamic, we do not currently expect material profit progression in the year ahead.”
The bakery’s chief executive Roger Whiteside has confirmed that the company will be assessing whether it is able to change prices before it does, saying it ultimately comes down to ensuring that customers will still choose to spend money at Greggs even if prices go up.
He said: “We’ve got no plans to raise prices currently, but obviously that’s going to have to remain under review given the way the markets are moving around the world on commodity food prices in particular.
“If the market allows price increases to move onto customers, then we will have to attempt to do that, if it doesn’t then we won’t be able to. You’re trying to position price to make sure you maximise sales.”
Whiteside added that, while the business has no direct link to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the situation has triggered global price rises.
Russia and Ukraine supply around a third of the world’s wheat exports, with Ukraine being a major supplier of sunflower oil.
Russia’s invasion has also brought with it a huge rise in gas prices, with petrol prices across the UK and the rest of the world hitting record highs.
Greater Manchester curry house named Best Asian Restaurant in the North West
Congratulations to all the winners!
A Greater Manchester curry house has been named the best Asian restaurant in the North West at the Asian Restaurant Awards 2022.
The awards revealed its 2022 winners, with one restaurant from Bolton named the best in the entire region, while several other Greater Manchester venues also won big.
The event, sponsored by Just Eat and Booker Wholesale, was held at the Hilton Manchester Piccadilly on Monday June 27th.
BBC news anchor Samantha Simonds hosted the event with restaurants across the entire UK up for awards.
Who won big at the Asian Restaurant Awards 2022?
It was Bolton-based Achari Indian Restaurant who took home the Best Asian Restaurant in the North West accolade.
Other restaurants from Greater Manchester also won, with venues picking up Best Newcomer, Best Fusion Restaurant and Best Asian Restaurant in Manchester.
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Full list of other Greater Manchester restaurants that were named winners:
- Best Asian Restaurant – Manchester: Delhi Dream Indian Restaurant
- Best Fusion Restaurant: Vermilion Cinnabar
- Best Newcomer: Spice Mafia (joint winner with Balchao in Hale Barns)
These are the only UK restaurant awards open to all Asian cuisines, which includes: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
This year’s winners will be added to the One Hundred Top Curry Restaurants guide – it’s currently being updated onto the Top 100 Curry Restaurants website here.
Kids can get a hot meal for just £1 at Asda this summer holidays
What a brilliant initiative!
Asda has announced that kids can get a hot meal for just £1 during the summer holidays, in a bid to help alleviate the cost of living crisis.
The supermarket confirmed that they would be tackling holiday hunger by allowing children aged under 16 to grab a hot or cold meal for a quid.
The initiative will be available seven days a week and there’s no minimum adult spend required to redeem the discount at your nearest Asda Cafe.
Asda revealed the £1 meal offer in Scotland last month, but has now further rolled it out to England and Wales, confirming the good news yesterday.
The Kids Eat for £1 deal will be available all day, every day (for as long as the cafe is open) from July 25th until September 4th in England and Wales.
A hot meal, cold meal, or both will be on offer, depending on what the cafe has available.
You’ll also be able to grab some baby food through the offer, including a free pouch of Ella’s Kitchen baby food.
A spokesperson for Asda said: “We know that families can find the summer holidays tough, and our customers are telling us that this year more than ever, they’re concerned about holiday hunger.
“With that in mind, we are so pleased to be able to offer children’s meals for just £1, with no minimum adult spend, to ensure that those who would normally rely on a school meal aren’t left without.”
And that’s not the only thing Asda is doing, having recently launched a freezer filler offer where shoppers can grab five items for £5, with certain products costing just £2.50 – providing a potential saving of up to £7.50.
The deal aims to help families make quick and easy meals over the summer holidays.
Crazy Pedro’s launch four cheese pizza after customer complains pizzas are ‘too cheesy’￼
No such thing as ‘too much’ cheese…
With an epidemic of Karens seemingly out there at the moment, hard working hospitality staff are having to deal with more customer complaints than ever.
Now while some complaints are legitimate – if you’re served a burger with a dead pigeon on top you should definitely let the staff know – some are just downright ridiculous.
Exhibit A: a customer recently complained to Crazy Pedro’s that their pizza is TOO CHEESY.
To each their own, I guess, but when it comes to cheese – in my humble opinion – there can be no such thing as ‘too much’.
The more the merrier, especially when it’s melted on top of one of Crazy Pedro’s incredible, massive pizzas.
In response to the customer complaint, Pedro’s has released something special for July – an epic FOUR CHEESE pizza called ‘In Cheezus We Crust’.
The spectacular monthly special features a special Four Cheese Blend, pickles, chilli flakes, dill and a healthy glug of Ranch dressing.
The new pizza is available at all good Pedro’s throughout July as a full pizza or as a slice, as well as on Deliveroo.
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