IT’S official – the historic Staffordshire oatcake has been given the thumbs down by truckers travelling the county’s highways in a recent poll.
The results were compiled by Staffordshire haulage recruitment specialists Employ Recruitment UK, who supply over 160 HGV drivers throughout the county for Sainsbury’s Stoke and Stone depots, Marston’s Breweries and DHL among others.
Dating back to around the 18th century, the regional oatmeal, flour and yeast treat received absolutely no votes, with 70 per cent plumping for a packed lunch and 10 per cent munching a breakfast bap.
And even the chunky Yorkie ‘not for girls’ chocolate bar, which has featured a trucker in its TV adverts, failed to tickle their tastebuds gaining just three per cent of the vote.
Employ’s managing director, Sadie Alcock, said the outcome had come as a surprise, given that the historic treat is designed to be eaten ‘on the go’.
Terry Bossons, founder of the annual Oatcake Day which takes place on August 8, said the fundamental problem was that most munchers only thought about eating oatcakes hot, whereas actually they can also make a great cold snack.
“I think people tend to have oatcakes at home and eat them hot for breakfast,” he said, “but they’re actually the perfect packed lunch food for hardworking truckers.
“I have them in my packed lunch at last once a week – usually cheese with brown sauce – and they’re not soggy at all as long as you let them cool before you pack them. It’s the way forward!”
Employ Recruitment is currently looking to recruit another 10 HGV Class 1 drivers for Sainsbury’s based in their Stoke and Stone depots, and anyone interested in taking up one of the posts can drop-in to one of ERUK’s open events on Tuesday October 22 and Tuesday October 29.
The Open Events run from 3pm until 6.30pm and are at the DHL Sainsbury’s site at Radial Park, Sideway, Stoke, ST4 4EX. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Beth Alcock on 01782 461201.
For more information about Employ Recruitment visit www.employrecruitment.co.uk or call 01335 346800.