Ginsters is a British company based in Callington in Cornwall, in the south-west of England, which specialises in making mass produced pasties, sausage rolls, sandwiches and other savoury snacks. Products are available in thousands of retailers across the UK, including petrol stations, bakers, student unions, cafés and a number of corner shops. The name of the company has become ubiquitous with pasties and sausage rolls. The company motto is "“Cornish through and through”" and its pasty is the biggest selling in the UK. It also uses the motto "“Real, honest food”" on many of its television and commercial radio advertisements.

Ginsters is mostly pronunced with a hard 'G', as in "gɪnstɘz", but sometimes, it is pronounced with a soft 'G' , as in "dʒɪnstɘz".

An element of folklore surrounds the difficulty in opening Ginsters packaging, particularly when driving. It has often been suggested (jokingly) that laws will be introduced to stop drivers attempting to do this and an article in the 'Daily Telegraph' by James May suggested a pasty holder for car dashboards. A number of trains (all Class 158 Sprinters) throughout the UK are in special Ginsters livery, mostly black, with the red logo.

Ginsters sponsor Plymouth Argyle F.C. in the Football League Championship. They also sponsor Callington Town FC, Callington Rugby Club and Launceston Rugby Club (aka The Cornish All Blacks).

Dwarf Actor, Rusty Goffe from St. Nicholas-at-Wade has recently appeared as the face of Ginsters in most of the television adverts. He has been seen doing handstands, singing, dancing and ice skating in these commercials. [ Rusty Goffe's most recent appearance in adverts for Ginsters]

The BBC report of a snail found in a Ginsters chicken and mushroom slice (see below) has given rise to some concerns about food preparation at the company's premises.


External links

* [ Official Site]
* [ Ginsters Cornish Pasty Survey]
* [ Article in Daily Telegraph]
* [ Reviews Ginsters Sandwiches]
* [ Brief history of the Cornish Pasty]
* [ True Cornish Pasty Recipe]
* [ Snail found in a Ginsters chicken and mushroom slice]

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