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Pukka Pies founder, Trevor Storer, dies aged 83

Trevor Storer
Image caption Trevor Storer started in the family bakery business but branched out when it was sold

The founder of iconic British food company, Pukka Pies, has died aged 83.

Trevor Storer, who set up the firm in his kitchen in 1963, died peacefully at home, a spokesman said.

The company, whose pies are a familiar sight in football grounds and at chip shops, makes about 60 million pies a year from its factory in Syston, Leicestershire and employs 300 people.

In a tribute released by Pukka Pies, Mr Storer was described as putting integrity at the core of the business.

'Polite to all'

The statement said: "Trevor Storer's founding values were putting quality and care first, selecting only the finest ingredients.

"He also made job security a central objective and ran the company with integrity.

Image caption The orange Pukka Pies logo is a familiar sight at chips shops across the country

"These values remain core to the Pukka Pies culture today.

"Trevor Storer was fair and considerate and polite to all he dealt with and is remembered by all who knew him as a true gentleman."

Mr Storer started out in the family bakery but branched out on his own when it was sold.

Originally called Trevor Storer's Handmade Pie Company, the name was changed in 1964.

In 2012 the company, run by Mr Storer's sons Tim and Andrew, invested £7m in an extension to its factory.

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