In a country that spends £7.5bn on sandwiches each year, the humble cheese sarnie has emerged as the most popular workday lunch in Britain.
A new study commissioned by Lurpak into the lunchtime eating habits of 2,000 office workers found three in ten tuck into EXACTLY the same thing for lunch each work day without fail, with the classic cheese sandwich the most popular choice.
The results showed 32 per cent eat an identical lunch each day and have done so for nearly four and a half years on average – this is the equivalent of eating over 1,000 identical cheese sandwiches without mixing up the menu.
Perhaps that’s why a quarter of workers have had co-workers make comments about how repetitive their lunch is or have been asked why they never mix up the routine.
The study found 12.30pm is the most common time for people to start their lunch, with ham sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and salad among the top five most common choices.
63 per cent of Brits say they are creatures of habit and rarely mix up their lunchtime menus. Although half of those polled felt fed up or bored by their lunch choices, the biggest reasons to stick to the same lunch each day were ‘it’s convenient’ and ‘it’s my routine’.
But despite the humdrum fare, four in ten Brits say that lunch is usually the highlight of their working day.
The study also revealed that:
· On average, office workers start thinking about lunch by around 10am and spend £13 per week on their lunches.
· Some traditional sandwich fillings are dying out – six in ten Brits hadn’t eaten a jam, marmalade or banana sandwich in well over a year.
· Brown bread is the favourite choice for Brits making a sandwich.
· More than half of those polled will add crisps to their sandwich occasionally, with cheese and onion the most likely to be thrown in.
· Nearly a quarter of those polled will Instagram their culinary creations if proud of their work.
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BRITAIN’S MOST COMMON LUNCHES
1. Cheese sandwich
2. Ham sandwich
3. Chicken sandwich
5. Other sandwich
6. Tomato soup
8. Vegetable soup
10. Microwave meal
11. Jacket potato and tuna
12. Prawn sandwich
13. Noodles/ stir-fry
14. Jacket potato and other
15. Beans on toast
18. Jacket potato and chilli
TOP NEW WAYS TO ‘GO FREESTYLE’ WITH LURPAK
1. Feta with avocado and roasted red pepper
2. Smoked ham and egg, with capers, gherkins and mustard mayo
3. Chicken and mango with mint raita
4. Fig, manchego and honey crostini
5. Peach and ricotta on raisin bread
6. Middle Eastern feta, beetroot and pomegranate
7. Pulled chicken waffle burger
8. Prawns with broad beans and mint on Rye
9. Bacon, Ricotta, Kale, Chilli, Lemon and Tomato on sourdough (BLRKCT)
OVER 1,000 CHEESE SANDWICHES
52 weeks x 5 work days a week
– 21 days annual leave
– 8 Bank holidays
= 231 sandwiches a year
x 4.68 years = 1081 cheese sandwiches