Pukka Pies, of Syston, marks its 50th anniversary
A family business is marking its 50th anniversary with a calendar of events for 2013, a party for staff at its county headquarters and 50 themed activities throughout the year.
Pukka Pies, which employs 280 people at its plant in Syston, was founded in 1963 by chairman Trevor Storer and has grown from the family kitchen to produce 60 million pies a year.
His first product was the steak and kidney pie, and his wife Valerie produced the recipe for the chicken and mushroom pie. Like all the pies, the recipe remains the same today.
The family links continue with Trevor's sons Tim and Andrew Storer, who are the co-managing directors.
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Tim Storer said: "We are delighted Pukka Pies has reached 50 years of business and will be looking to celebrate the year in typical Pukka Pie style.
"In challenging economic times, we have enjoyed excellent levels of growth and the recent £7 million factory extension is enabling us to continue that success story."
Today Pukka pies are sold in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Malta, Gibraltar and France.