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Baker Greggs brings back axed coffee puff after Facebook campaign

Bakery chain Greggs has bowed to public pressure to bring back the coffee puff.

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Coffee puff cakes

The round choux-pasty buns, filled with fresh cream and topped with coffee icing, have been made in Cumbria for at least 25 years.

They used to be manufactured by Birketts of Penrith, which was taken over by Newcastle-based Greggs in 1997.

Greggs stopped production of the coffee puff earlier this year without explanation.

That prompted an online petition and a ‘bring back coffee puffs at Greggs’ group on Facebook.

Even Carlisle MP John Stevenson took up the cause.

Now the company has promised to reinstate the coffee puff across the north of England from August 23.

It says it was aware of the Facebook campaign and also received letters from unhappy customers.

A spokesman said: “We are very grateful to everyone who wrote in to us and to the people who set up the Facebook campaign, and we are delighted to be able to bring coffee puffs back.”

Greggs has promised to keep producing the buns as long as sales hold up.

The spokesman added: “We need people to buy them to keep them on sale.”

They will sell at 83p, the same price as before.

Greggs’ U-turn came two days after Mr Stevenson called on the firm to reconsider.

The Conservative MP is chairman of the all-party Parliamentary food and drink group. He said: “I have a keen interest in the manufacturing and production of food, especially in Carlisle.

“The coffee puff has been produced in Cumbria for decades. Locally-produced food is becoming increasingly popular with consumers.”

Mr Stevenson recently nominated the custard cream, manufactured by McVitie’s in Carlisle, for the Made by Britain manufacturing competition at Westminster. MPs were asked to name the best example of design from their constituency – something that requires ingenuity to conceive and skill to create, while enhancing the lives of those who use it.

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@Madge Benny

You can still get Cheetos in America - crunchy or puffy. Want me to make up a food parcel for you? ;)

Posted by Expat Marra on 8 August 2011 at 20:19

@Expat Marra - yes, Cottage Pie is still open at Dearham and they still sell their pies at Seaton Garage.
Nicholsons of Maryport also do good pies, but the new One Stop which replaced Mills does not appear to stock these anymore which is a crying shame. Their sausage rolls and mini pork pies were a hidden (but slightly overpriced) gem.

On a side note, Bothams of Whitby pork pies have also degenerated over the years, with noticably thicker pastry and less filling. Even so, they are still better than anything Greggs produce.

Posted by Derek on 8 August 2011 at 11:55

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