This month saw the first ever National Fish and Chip Day.
At Wraggs, we believed an official day to honour our favourite food was well overdue, and like many people, enjoyed a delicious portion of Cod and chips for lunch to mark the occasion.
Social media also played its part on the day with #nationalfishandchipday trending during the afternoon and #fishandchipday trending all day long.
As we tucked into our battered fish and golden chips, we wondered how many other people would be doing the same thing at that exact time and got thinking about just how important the tradition of fish and chips is in the UK and how proud we are to be a part of it.
Here are some impressive facts we found out and wanted to share with you:
- There are currently in the region of 10,500 specialist fish and chip shops in the UK.
- These dramatically outnumber other fast food outlets: McDonalds has only 1,200 outlets and Kentucky Fried Chicken has 840.
- British consumers eat some 382 million portions of fish and chips every year. That’s six servings for every man, woman and child.
- Annual spend on fish and chips in the UK is in the region of a staggering £1.2 billion.
- 80% of people visit fish and chip shops at least once a year.
- 22% of people visit fish and chip shops every week.
- 56% of people buy fish and chips to eat in the home as a family meal.
- Fish and chips make a balanced, nutritious meal. They are a valuable source of protein, fibre, iron and vitamins.
- Fish and chips provide a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins for a man and nearly half for a woman.
- An average portion of fish, chips and peas contains only 7.3% fat of which 2.8% is saturated fat. This compares with 10.8% fat in a pork pie and 16.8 grams you will find in a tuna mayonnaise sandwich.
Following the success of this year’s National Fish and Chip Day, Wraggs was delighted to hear it has been decided the event will take place on the first Friday in June every year, starting what we hope will become another great tradition.
To find out more about the history of Fish and Chips, click on the following link: http://wraggsseafoods.co.uk/about/videos/