from then to now
Way back in 1960s Leicestershire, husband and wife team Trevor and Valerie Storer started making pies.
In 1963, Trevor Storer’s Homemade Pies 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’ Homemade Pies 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 360-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.
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.
Our Charity of the Year 2019
The Salvation Army
Founded in 1865 in the East End, the Salvation Army is a well-known charity and non-governmental relief agency. The Salvation Army is usually among the first to arrive with help after natural or man-made disasters. They have worked to alleviate suffering and help people rebuild their lives and provide food and emergency or transitional housing to men, women, or families in need. At Pukka Pies we are hoping to raise as much as possible with internal fundraising whether it is cake baking, own clothes day or joining in with their national fundraising initiatives.
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.
Making pies might not save the planet – but while we’re at it, we’re aiming for the lowest possible environmental impact in all aspects of our production process.
We have already replaced some plastic used in our packaging with cellulose alternatives that can be recycled.
0% of our waste goes to landfill (our food waste is actually used to generate gas and then electricity). And we are working with Loughborough University to reduce our water and electricity usage, moving forward.