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We talk to Impress Sandwiches about their rapid growth in recent times, and discus how Pret A Manger's legendary attention to detail is matched only by developments in its internal systems and staff benefits.

International Sandwich and Snack News magazine is the official journal of the British Sandwich Association (BSA), the UK body representing Sandwich makers, suppliers and retailers.

The magazine is published six times a year and distributed to retail buyers, caterers, sandwich bars and associated businesses in the industry.

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News
  • The Crown Group has launched a new eat-in and takeaway sandwich and café bar concept after a year in planning, with the first of the units now open in the Brighton Centre.
Comment
  • Auditing bodies such as the BRC should make standards tighter still, making excellence extremely difficult to attain, argues technical consultant Alan Dulin, a former auditor for the British Sandwich Association.
Trends
  • Banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich that has caught on in a big way in New York in recent years, is starting to make an impact here. Tom Allen, Buckingham Foods’ senior development chef, explains why he’s so taken with them.
BSA
  • Sandwich Designer of the Year Awards.
  • The Sammies: the industry’s annual awards.
  • BSA News.
Profile
  • Chipotle has been a ‘must’ stop off for sandwich designers on ‘new retail trends’ tours, since it opened in London recently. Is all the fuss justified? Nellie Nichols joined the queue to find out.
  • POD, the healthy premium end fast-food chain with ‘green’ credentials, is set to double in size to around 20 stores by 2012 and there’s more to come. Simon Ambrose talks to founder and CEO Tim Hall.
Day In The Life Of:
  • Impress Sandwiches has enjoyed rapid growth in recent times – to the tune of 20% annually in each of the past two years. Andrew Pocock, managing director, has a hectic schedule.
New Developments
  • Pret A Manger’s legendary attention to detail on the food side is matched only by developments in its internal systems and staff benefits. Simon Ambrose looks at recent developments.
Food Saftey
  • Implementing a food safety culture in your business can assist you to meet legal requirements as well as reducing.
    the risk of an outbreak of food poisoning associated with your business, says Neil Rush, managing director of Support, Training & Services plc (STS).