Greggs' sales rise thanks to healthy eating options

Greggs sales have gone up by 6% thanks to healthier eating options.
Greggs sales have gone up by 6% thanks to healthier eating options.

Falafel and hummus helped power sales at Greggs in the first half of the year, with the sausage roll-maker reaping the rewards of a wider range of healthy eating options.

Revenues were up 6% to £422million, while like-for-like sales in the period rose 3.8%, driven by the baker's Balanced Choice menu, which also includes teriyaki chicken noodle salad.

Roger Whiteside, chief executive of the Tyneside-based baker, said Greggs is "alert" to any potential change in consumer sentiment over the coming months.

"We have made an encouraging start to the second half of the year, and are alert to any change in consumer demand that may result from the current economic uncertainty.

"Overall, we expect to deliver full-year growth in line with our previous expectations, as well as further progress against our strategic plan," he said.

Pre-tax profits for the first six months of the year were broadly flat, coming in at £25.3million, held down by exceptional charges linked to the closure of three bakery sites.