Salutations. When you come to the UK (and I hope you do) no doubt you will need/want a snack or two while braving the Underground and visiting the London Eye and other attractions. Sure, you could always pop in to Starbucks-there is one every 10 feet in London Town(like rats) but they are terribly expensive and I hear they don’t pay UK tax. I mean, who does NOT pay tax? Starbucks that’s who. Please don’t sue me Starbucks, I speak the truth. That being said, why not pop in/drop in at Greggs? You really should. Trust me, you will like Greggs.
Greggs is the largest bakery chain in the UK. Greggs specialises in savoury products such as pasties, sausage rolls and sandwiches. They also sell sweet items like doughnuts, vanilla slices, yum yums, apple turnovers…I think you get the point. Greggs is headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne (just say ‘Newcastle’ its easier and almost expected). Also, Greggs is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
Greggs, A brief history
The first Greggs was opened in 1951. By the 1990’s, Greggs was the largest bakery chain in the country after acquiring its major rival, Bakers Over, in 1994. In 2011 the chain had 1,671 outlets.
In March 2o12, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that he was going to ensure VAT was charged on pasties, and other baked foods. What the what? If you read my blog, I think you know how I feel about tax. No bueno. I mean, why do you think my people left the UK so many moons ago? Anyway, Greggs participated in a campaign to reverse the decision, which became known as the ‘pasty tax’ or ‘pasty gate.’ BTW, VAT is ‘value added tax’ and is 20%. In brief, when you purchase something here in the UK, the tax is included-essentially the price is the price. But if you were to pitch up in Washington DC and buy something for $4.39 you have to pay tax on top of that. Of course if you are in NY, MD or CA the tax is going to be different. Super annoying.
In 2013 there was an 8 part documentary series, called Greggs: More than Meats the Pie. The documentary was a behind the scenes of the bakery and all its areas. The first episode achieved in excess of over 740K viewers. By the time the final episode of the documentary aired on SKY1, there was a final total of 1.27 million viewers. Nice.
In closing, Greggs certainly doesn’t need me to advertise for them as they are pretty well known. But I am happy to do it, because I like Greggs. Oh and Greggs: if you ARE reading this, could you please send me some F-R-E-E Yum Yums? I would be ever so grateful. Yes. Yes, I would. Pictured below is a Yum Yum. A Yum Yum is a hand-twisted, rope shaped donut. I am guessing you already knew that. If not, we still cool.