It’s been a close call for pastry fans this week following the news of a COVID-19 outbreak at one of Gregg’s factories. The North without pastry goodness is a desolate place to contemplate. And in its Newcastle factory on Wednesday, Gregg’s pastry production was put on hold after an outbreak of 300 workers testing positive for Coronavirus.
A spokesperson for Greggs said they are working with local authorities to minimise the impact on the local area, reassuring customers across the nation that the bakery chain’s supplies will not be affected, thanks to a large supply of frozen stock. Phew.
Speaking to Sky News, a Gregg’s spokesperson said: “Following a small number of colleagues having tested positive for COVID-19 at our Balliol manufacturing facility, we have taken the decision to temporarily stop production as a precautionary measure to keep our teams as safe as possible.”
“We do not foresee any stock shortages in our shops at this time.”
The factory is in the part of the North East where 2 million people are currently subjected to a local lockdown. It is the latest in a string of food manufacturing plants that have been at the centre of Coronavirus outbreaks, with multiple Yorkshire businesses also affected over the past few months.
While we hope the popular bakery chains employees are resting up and on the mend, sausage roll, steak bake and other pastry enthusiasts can rest easy knowing they’ll be able to get their fix of the golden flaky goodness that Gregg’s bakery is known for. All 1,700 Gregg’s bakeries across the country will still be serving as usual.