Way back in 1960s Leicestershire, husband and wife team Trevor and Valerie Storer started making pies.
In 1963, Trevor Storer’s Handmade Pie Company baked their very first pies. Understandably word of a good pie spreads fast, and the entrepreneurial pair sold over a thousand pies in the first week.
Selling their signature Steak & Kidney pie to pubs, fish and chip shops, and locals, the Storers’ pie popularity picked up quickly, and they soon dreamt up new recipes to keep their happy customers coming back for more.
As the couple’s little bakery continued to grow, it came time for a new name – something that would reflect their deliciously hearty pies and their friendly, close-knit company. That’s how the Storers’ Handmade Pie Company became Pukka, a fun and fashionable Hindi-derived word for all things genuinely, properly good.
Pukka’s still an Independent family company today. We’re just a little bigger, that’s all!
With more than 50 years spent making pies, we’ve become quite the experts.
These days our 350-strong team sells around 60 million pies a year in the UK and even abroad.
But while we may have grown, we’re still based in Leicestershire just a stone’s throw from where it all began, baking all of our pies on site using many of Trevor and Valerie’s original recipes. We’re proud to make pies that are distinctively Pukka, and with our tasty, honest, feel-good food, we put smiles on faces at dinner tables, football games and local chippies.
– Our community –
Leicestershire’s been part of what’s made us Pukka since 1963, and we like giving back to our home.
From sponsoring sports teams to supporting local charities, schools and organisations, we roll up our sleeves and get stuck in wherever we can.
Latest charity work
Winter’s an extremely tough time for those living on the streets, so in December we helped out at Open Hands, a homeless charity. We joined staff to serve hot food and mince pies to vulnerable people in Leicester, then a month later launched a sleeping bag collection campaign.
Our Charity of the Year 2017 – LOROS
In 2017 we’ll be donating most of our employee fundraising to LOROS, a local hospice and charity that looks after more than 2,500 people each year. We’re organising a whole range of fundraising events to reach our target, which will provide 25 days of specialist nursing care.
By providing free hot meals, emergency food supplies, furniture, and valuable courses and schemes, Open Hands supports homeless and vulnerable people in Leicester. We’re working with this brilliant charity to help local people by donating food, freezer storage, and cooking facilities.
We’re members of the Rainbows Hospice Business Club. That means we donate money each month to the East Midlands hospice to provide a sustainable income, helping them care for life-limited children and young people and their families. As part of the Business Club, we also support all of Rainbows’ fundraising events.
Leicestershire Cares gives every Pukka Pies employee the chance to personally give back to their community and the local area. Anyone on the Pukka team can volunteer time from their working day, whether that means reading in schools, helping with CVs, or taking part in community projects.
Making pies might not save the planet – but while we’re at it, we can still do our best to protect the world around us.
We follow energy-saving schemes, reuse and recycle our waste products – whether that’s cardboard, glass, or even the heat that comes off our bakery – and invest in the latest technology to make what we do as efficient as possible.