A new pie company has launched in the UK. The Great Australian Pie company is manufacturing a range of eight pies, created by a leading Australian chef, Ben O’Donohue.

The pies are being made under licence by Wrights Pies, based in Crewe. Targeted at the retail sector, they contain only British ingredients and are clean label with no artificial colours or flavours.

After two years of trials at sports grounds and music festivals the pies, which use a shortcrust pastry top and bottom, are said to be richer, heavier and harder than the crumblier and softer version in the UK, holding their shape well. The pies have 30% meat content with the beef and lamb sourced in Dumfries & Galloway.

Business development director Steve Hamer said: "They can be delivered chilled or frozen baked and come in eight flavours. These include Peppered Steak, Thai Chicken, Veggie and the classic Aussie pie called Footy, which is minced chuck steak, onions and organic spices in a rich gravy."

All the pies come in 265g, except the Footy at 220g.