News Updates

11 Nov 2020

Local Community Benefit Activities Nov 2020

Delivering free food safety training to the catering team at Strathclyde University. 40 done 50 to go.


New Packaging

PJs will launch our new 'Sustainable Plant Based Zero Plastic Packs' shortly. 

The range will be colour coded between Meat, Fish & Vegetarian with additional labelling to highlight Vegan options. 

The new Packinging forms part of our own sustainability objectives to reduce waste streams and impacts on the environment.

Delay on our non plastic clear label due to CV 19 shutdowns but expect by the end of Aug Sept.

Ceed Industry Awards 20th Feb 2020 

PJ’s Foods were delighted to be nominated for the award in the category of remanufacturing. The production team have worked tirelessly to reduce our impact on the waste stream by 'remanufacturing' both food and packaging by-products into the circular economy. The outcome has led to capture of 40 tonnes of potential waste volume over the past 12 months for remanufacture and dramatically reduced uplifts by our contractors Biffa & Viridor.

West of Scotland Hospital Caterers Association Annual Training and development day 7th Feb 2020. 

The event was held at the Seamill Hydro in West Kilbride. The agenda for the day covered the Food Waste reduction Strategy with presentations and workshops organised by NHS & Zero Waste Scotland.

PJs took the opportunity to participate with a trade stand and interact with the workshops.

As part of our own waste reduction initiatives PJs have captured 25 tonnes of bread ends which have been redistributed to a local farm for animal feed and sent 15 tonnes of card packaging to a local recycling centre for reuse into animal bedding in the past 12 months. 

Undergraduate Internship from Glasgow Caledonian University Feb 2020 

PJs have worked with Scottish University students since 2015 to help support their learning experience within the food industry. Our objective in 2020 was to create a part time fully paid position and allow the candidate to work alongside the food safety team. The appointment will take place shortly and has been as a direct result of our work with the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s annual Student Launch Pad event. The programme will provide an extensive insight into the BRC Global Food Safety System and the STS Food Safety standard for suppliers and distributors. Both the MD & Operations Director are Alumni of the University and proud to support our local community benefit objectives.

Friends of Knockhill Park Renfrewshire

Offical activation of donated Defibrillator - December 2019 

PJs have committed to the purchase of a defibrillator for the Park as part of our Community Benefit strategy.

Located in a residential area , the unit will be available to and within easy reach of the public. We look forward to attending the park after instillation.

We were motivated by the recent story of the young pupils at Newark Primary who demonstrated ‘If they can use a defibrillator, anyone can’. The trick is to make sure there is one available.  


Project Search Strathclyde University - November 2019

PJs Foods delivered free Level 2 Food Safety training to the interns at Project Search as part of our Local Community benefit objectives.

The one-day course gave the group an insight into food safety within the commercial environment.

Following a structured exam, the successful candidates are awarded a certificate through the Royal Society of Public health. 

A big thank you to the University for providing the venue and to the Project Search Team lead by Siobhan Martin (Lecturer) Faculty of Education and Humanities City of Glasgow College , Project SEARCH (University of Strathclyde)


Student Career Launch Pad - October 2019

Organised by Institute of Food Science & Technology and The Scottish Schools Education & Research Centre in Dunfermline. 

PJs Quality Control team worked alongside the Launch Pad organisers acting as mentors to Food Science undergraduates. Students attended from Universities throughout Scotland.


'Thank you for your valuable contribution to yet another highly successful IFST Student LaunchPad, in Scotland, with a very engaged group of delegates.'

Natasha Medhurst FIFST

Scientific Affairs Manager 

Institute of Food Science & Technology

Showcasing Scotland Food & Drink Gleneagles - Oct 2019 

PJs participated at the event in Perth which Showcased over 150 Scottish Food & Drink manufacturers.

The last event in 2017 saw over 2,000 one to one meetings with both Regional , National & International Buyers.

The result ; £60m plus sales to key markets and a boost to the Scottish economy. 


Waste Reduction - September 2019

The PJs Sustainability team have begun work on capturing our plastic food packaging at source and reprocessing into reusable plastic chips. The company Avanti Environmental based in Alva provide an uplift service and we expect to have this in place by October/November 2019. 

Kinship Care Summer Funday Fife - June 2019

Our third year working with the Kinship group to supply sandwiches & wraps FOC to their event in Burntisland. 


Community Benefit Work Placements May 2019

PJs successfully delivered on their workplace commitments as part of our Community Benefits objectives. Working with the INVESTIN Renfrewshire team the candidate completed their placement and gained an insight into the Food Manufacturing process.

‘Hope you are well - met up with the candidate today and they really enjoyed their work placement - was really positive about the staff at PJ Foods and how welcome they made them feel so thank you so much to you and the team to creating this opportunity and making it such a pleasant opportunity - very much appreciated and this has inspired the candidate to consider the food production industry as a future career option’

INVESTIN Renfrewshire


Kiltwalk Glasgow Apr 2019

Our third year working with the team to supply sandwiches & wraps FOC to the organisers and team. Enjoy.

'Just a quick email to say thank you very much to you all for the sandwiches over the weekend and for delivering them! We had many compliments from staff and volunteers' 

Event and Volunteer Co-ordinator


Further Waste Reduction Mar 2019

PJS became familiar with Zero Waste & Resource Efficient Scotland in 2014.
Through such positive engagement and in addition to the redistribution of bread ends PJs are now working with Recycled Packaging Glasgow who process cardboard packaging into animal bedding.

We now expect to reduce our cardboard waste by 100% as of February 2019.This accounts for a further 15 Tonnes per year.  Without the initial drive and guidance of Zero Waste & Resource Efficient Scotland the focus to develop such initiatives would have been diluted by other priorities.


Abertay University Feb 2019 

PJs engaged with The University of Abertay's School of Science, Engineering and Technology in an effort to fill a new Interim Quality Control Position at our unit.  PJs have built up links with the dept through our involvement with the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s Student Launch Pad event. Our newly appointed candidate will manage the extensive BRC Food Safety system as well as the daily quality checks.


Food Waste Reduction Objectives 2018-2019

PJs Foods engaged with Zero Waste & Resource Efficient Scotland to reduce the volume of food waste generated by the factory. The team identified a potential reduction of 25 tonnes (35%) per annum through the redistribution of Bread ends.

As a by-product of the manufacturing process the bread is being sent to Ardunan Farm , Strathblane and used as Rare Breed Pork animal feed.


Project Search November 2018

PJs were delighted to deliver Level 2 Food Safety training FOC to the Project Search Interns at Strathclyde University in November. 

A big thank you to the University for providing the venue and to the Project Search Team , Siobhan Martin & Helen McGillivray for their support.


Student Career Launch Pad Thursday 1st November 2018

Organised by Institute of Food Science & Technology and The Scottish Schools Education & Research Centre in Dunfermline. 

PJs Quality Control team worked alongside the Launch Pad organisers acting as mentors to Food Science undergraduates. Students attended from Glasgow Caledonian University , The University of Abertay and Heriot Watt University.

As always, can I thank you all for your amazing contribution to yet another highly successful Student LaunchPad and, I think, the best so far in Scotland

Jon Poole

Chief Executive

Institute of Food Science & Technology


Energy Saving Strategy: Motion Activated Lighting

PJs have commenced with the installation of energy saving lighting in conjunction with advice received from Resource Efficient Scotland & Zero Waste Scotland.  


Alzheimer Scotland

PJs were delighted to work with the team at the Crookfur Cottage Homes in mid September.


Support for our Golden Jubilee Foundation Gala Day September 2018

On behalf of everyone at the Golden Jubilee Foundation, I would like to personally thank you for all your support towards our fabulous Gala Day celebrations on Sunday 2 September.

Chef Executive


European Championships Glasgow August 2018 : Client Feedback


It was a slog but we got there!!

A wee note to thank you for all the hard work that you put into this event.

From planning through to the execution you have worked tirelessly to make this happen and dealt with all the problems and requirements thrown at us remarkably.

I have had a lot of feedback from CCW and contractors and all has been excellent. One comment made particularly about the salads and sandwiches said they were the best he had seen at any tournament, he has been doing this for over 20 years!!

Please pass on my thanks to all who helped. They were all amazing.

Many Thanks,

Head Chef - Cordia


European Championships Glasgow August 2018

PJs Sandwiches are working with their client Cordia to supply the European Championship Games over the next two weeks.

Based in Glasgow PJs have developed a range of Bloomers , Baps , Baguettes , Wraps , Salad Bowls and Platters specific to the requirements of  the participants , workforce  and general public.

In conjunction with our main supplier JB Foods, PJs have sourced ingredients manufactured by the following Scottish companies and integrated them into the range.

McGhees Bakery – Glasgow

Lions Salmon – Scotland

Yester Farms Cheese - Haddington

Brown Bros Cooked Sliced Meats – Dumfries

Fresh Fruit & Veg Company - Cumbernauld

Central Supplies Cheese - Galloway

Mustards & Chutneys - Isle of Arran

Just Bakery Gluten Free Range -Bellshill Lanarkshire

Moorhead & MCGavin Pasta - Motherwell Lanarkshire

Label Design & Manufacture

Lothian Labels – Newbridge


Kinship Care Summer Funday Fife June 2018

Our second year working with the Kinship group to supply 400 plus products foc to the organisers and team. Very positive feedback on their facebook page.


Kiltwalk Glasgow 2018

This was our second year to be involved with the organisers and make a donation of sandwiches to the event.


Project Search March 2018

PJs were delighted to deliver Level 2 Food Safety training to the Project Search Interns at Strathclyde University on March 26th.

A big thank you to the University for providing the venue and to the Project Search Team , Siobhan Martin & Helen McGillivray for their support.


Carbon Footprint Sept 2017

 PJs have taken delivery of their first Electric Vehicle.


Cash For Kids Nov 2017

Dear Scott

I would like to thank you for helping out with sandwiches for our 'Cash For Kids' Ladies day. They went down a treat. We raised £3,700 and couldn't have done it without you and McGhees.

Regards Cassi Gillespie.

Radio Clyde.


Go Procurement Awards Scotland 2017/2018

PJs have become finalists under the category Innovation/Initiative - Central Goverment , Health & Scoial Care. 


Ben Nevis Climb 'Via the Ridge' Summer 2017

Lead by our MD Scott Cherry the team made it to the top. Well done to Maria Armstrong , Paul Soong , Kenneth O'Doherty & Viktoria Elokegyi.


Kinship Summer Funday Fife June 2017

The Kinship Care Team Fife would like to express how greateful we are for your very kind and generous donation to our Kinship Families. The sandwiches went down a treat.


The KILTWALK Glasgow April 2017

Thanks to PJs for their generous donation to the Kiltwalk Charity. The selection, quality and delivery of sandwiches was fantastic.Our volunteers provided nothing but positive feedback regarding yourselves.

Special thanks to Viktoria Elohegyi form PJs for her assistance on the day.

Rosie Strain

Volunteer Coordinator

"S2" I CAN DO ANYTHING March 2017

The event at Park Mains High School Renfrewshire allowed pupils form S2  an opportunity to discuss careers within food manufacturing in Scotland with a representative from PJs Foods.

Student Career launch Pad - Feb 2017

PJs were delighted to be involved as mentors at the event which was organised jointly between the Institute of Food Science & Technology and the Rowett Institute, University Of Aberdeen. The session allowed students to engage with Food Industry professionals as a method of defining their future roles. 

Christmas Night Out - Dec 2016

Thanks to Mr Cherry for a great night out at the 'HIVE' Glasgow University. Fab venue with great service and staff.

Fareshare Glasgow - Oct 2016

PJs were delighted to donate a van to Fareshare, the homeless charity to help with their distribution network.

Scotland Food & Drink membership - October 2016

PJs Foods just signed up. Looking forward to developing our business with their support & guidance.

Pedal for Scotland - September 2016 

Well done to Team PJ's who were lead by our MD Scott Cherry and included the following participants : Laird Kennedy , Viktoria Elohegyi , Paul Soong & Kenneth O'Doherty. What a great day and an achievement for all.Cycling 45 miles between Glasgow and Edinburgh has never been so much fun. 

September 2016 

Special thanks to Mrs Cherry for her assistance with our web page.

BRC Grade AA - July 2016

PJs Foods achieved a Grade AA as part of our annual Global Food Safety Audit in July.

Wedding congratulations to Maria Armstrong our Quality Controller at PJs - July 2016

 William & Maria tied the knot on July 6th. The very best of luck for their future.

PJs Foods Supporting The Homeless Games July 2016

PJs Foods are a Glasgow based food manufacturer supplying a large variety of freshly made sandwiches, wraps, bakery products, salad bowls and hospitality platters to various catering and  retail units within Scotland.

Managing Director Scott Cherry and Sales Director Kenneth O’Doherty (both proud alumni of Glasgow Caledonian University), were keen to support Frank McCabe and his catering team at the University when they delivered nearly 20,000 meals to the participants and organisers of the Homeless Games Tournament in July 2016.

Based in Maryhill, PJs Foods employs 75 staff locally and is involved with a community benefits initiative through the local Renfrewshire council. In addition, PJs are a carbon neutral company and are certified to BRC Food Safety.

Having made contact with Scott Crawford at FareShare Glasgow, PJs Foods committed to supplying nearly 8,000 freshly made sandwiches free of charge to the event planners.

As a Glasgow based company we were very keen to support the event and have received further commitments from our own supply chain including McGhees Bakery (Glasgow), Roberts Bakery (Cheshire), JB Foods (Edinburgh), The Fresh Fruit Company (Cumbernauld), Tri Star packaging (Glasgow), GRH Cheese (Wales) and Prime Staff (Glasgow). In addition, the University of Edinburgh have contributed 8,000 free lunch bags to be filled by PJ's for the event.

Excellence in Public Procurement GO Awards 2016/2017

PJ's have been nominated as finalists in the category of 'GO Small Business Third Sector Engagement Initiative of the Year Award'. Winners announced on Tuesday March 8th 2016.  



PJ's were proud to be involved in returning community benefits as the result of a successful tender agreement to supply chilled sandwiches to Renfrewshire Council's community meals service.

The contract began in December 2014 and since then PJ's have delivered on the following criteria:

- Several unemployed persons took up a new position at PJ's with the assistance of INVEST in Renfrewshire.

- All staffs were trained to level 2 Food Safety - Certified by the Royal Society for Public Health.

- A structured summer work placement was created and an undergraduate employed to fill the new role.

- A new graduate position was created with an appointment being made in September 2015.

- A local school presentation was delivered with the assistance of St Johnstone High. 

- Additional training was delivered - Level 2 Management of Allergens - Certified by the Royal Society for Public Health.

- Business support and learning objectives achieved with Renfrewshire Environmental Health dept.


PJs have invested in our new easily recognisable reusable baskets.

As the exclusive property of PJ's the new baskets are easy to seperate and stack.

Should you find a build up of baskets please inform our driver or call the office on 0141 9451500 and will we arrange an uplift.

It is essential baskets are returned to guarantee daily deliveries.