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Healthy food range boosts Greggs' sales

By Ravender Sembhy

Sausage roll maker Greggs has reported a strong start to the year after being boosted by its healthy eating ranges, including cold-pressed juice and freshly prepared salads.

Greggs, which has nine shops in Northern Ireland, said like-for-like sales rose 3.6% in the 19 weeks to May 13, with total sales growing 7.5%.

The company, best known for sausage rolls, doughnuts and pasties, said sales of healthier food - such as coconut, lime and chilli chicken salads and wraps - were proving a hit with customers.

Greggs added that customers "increasingly recognise the quality and value" of its £2 breakfast deal. However, the firm warned that the slowing economy and higher inflation posed a risk.

A spokesman said: "We have made a good start to 2017, although the sales outlook remains uncertain in the context of slowing growth in disposable incomes. Input cost inflation is having a modest impact."

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