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BRITISH SANDWICH WEEK: 20 FUN FACTS ABOUT SANDWICHES

British Sandwich Week is underway, and everyone here at the Red Bus Cartridges HQ couldn’t be happier.

Sandwiches are without doubt the most popular lunch option for those living in the UK, so we thought it was time to share some wisdom through 20 fun facts, which you can find below…

And don’t forget, to celebrate British Sandwich Week, we have an amazing competition for you. To be in with a chance of winning a £15 M&S voucher, simply head to our Twitter page and enter.

1.The sandwich is named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who frequently ordered meat between two slices of bread when he was too busy for lunch.

2. In fact, Hawaii also used to be named after him too. That’s right, Hawaii was formerly known as the Sandwich Islands.

3. Around 12 billion sandwiches are eaten every year in the UK, with Brits spending a whopping £7.5bn on sandwiches during those 12 months.

4. The average sandwich contains 400 calories, meaning it takes a four mile run just to burn one off.

5. The most expensive sandwich in history was sold for the equivalent of £17,000 back in 2004. Why was it so expensive? Because it appeared to have in image of the Virgin Mary on it.

6. In America, more than three million sandwiches are eaten every day.

7. The average American eats 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they graduate from High School.

8. However, when it comes to sandwich fillings in the US, peanut butter and jelly isn’t the most popular. That title goes to the plain ham sandwich.

9. There is a town in Kent named Sandwich. However, the town has no direct connection with its bready namesake.

10. The world has been eating bread, or some baked combination of flour and water since 10,000BC.

11. Along with British Sandwich Week, there is also a day, every year where the sandwiches are celebrated over in the America. In case you were wondering, November 3rd is National Sandwich Day across the pond.

12. There are 11 Guinness World Records relating to sandwiches. 

13. One of these is the fastest time to make a sandwich with your feet. Texan, Rob Williams currently holds the record after making one in under two minutes, using only his feet.

14. On average, men in the UK eat around 110 grams of bread every day.

15. Women in the UK eat slightly less bread on a daily basis – around 75 grams a day.

16. Amazingly, six chicken sandwiches are consumed in the UK every second.

17. A bacon sandwich can actually cure a hangover – that’s according to researchers at Newcastle University.

18. When it comes to national sandwiches, Portugal’s may just be the most indulgent. It contains steak, ham, cheese and two types of sausage. It is then covered in melted cheese and beer sauce just before being served. Yum.

19. A fan of mayonnaise in your sandwich? It might alarm you to hear that the mayonnaise alone is accountable for 30-60% of the calories in that sandwich.

20. To eat the amount of bread produced from just one bushel of wheat, you would need to eat a sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 168 days.

6 BENEFITS OF BUYING BRITISH MADE PRODUCTS

The global manufacturing landscape is changing. Poor quality from products manufactured overseas have encouraged us Brits to look closer to home when it comes to purchasing.

When you factor in the well-publicised poor working conditions in overseas factories and a new found awareness of carbon footprints, it is no surprise that today, almost 75% of British people now feel as though it is important to buy British-made products.

Below is a list of reasons why we, as a UK manufacturer feel people may be switching back to British products.

QUALITY

As we have mentioned, quality is becoming more and more vital to British consumers, hence their recent switch back to UK manufactured products. Because British manufacturers are passionate about their products, they undertake regular quality checks and ensure that every item is finished to the same high standard.

Here at Red Bus Cartridges, we do absolutely everything in-house at our purpose built Lincolnshire factory. This allows us to access our products throughout the full production lifecycle before marketing and eventually selling.

UK PATENT LAW

In a nutshell, this prevents UK manufacturers from creating and selling ‘fake’ or ‘copy’ products, meaning you are not risking buying such products when purchasing from British made items.

COMMUNICATION

Being able to speak to someone quickly, and with as little fuss as possible is always important as a consumer. When buying British, you can reap the rewards from a UK based head office, operating with convenient hours. Also, with added instant features such as live chat, getting an urgent problem solved has never been easier.

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT

Buying British products ultimately reduces the frequency of overseas shipping, which in turn helps the environment. Many cheaper alternatives to products manufactured in Britain come from Asia, all of which need to be imported – a process that can be harmful to the environment due to the lengthy supply chains involved in shipping.

REDUCED DELIVERY TIMES

We’ve all bought something online for a price so cheap, it’s almost too good to be true. Turns out, that most of the time it is. This is due to the lengthy delivery times given by many overseas companies, in some cases being a number of months as opposed to days.

SUPPORTING THE ECONOMY

If supporting UK employment and entrepreneurs is important to you, then buying British is an absolute must. Purchasing from a UK manufacturer undoubtedly helps to support Britain’s economy, meaning that in turn, a company’s legacy is preserved and maintained.

Article written by Calum Chinchen – Social Media Executive at Red Bus Cartridges163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT163, Beaconside, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7PT