The Great Australian Pie company is to launch a range of eight pies in the UK, which have been created by a leading Australian chef, Ben O’Donohue.

Targeted at the retail sector, after two years of trials at sports grounds and music festivals, the pies are being made under licence by Wrights Pies. They contain only British ingredients, with no artificial colours or flavours.

The pies use a shortcrust pastry top and bottom, which, unlike the crumblier and softer version in the UK, is said to be richer, heavier and harder, holding its shape well. The pies have 30% meat content with the beef and lamb sourced in Dumfries & Galloway.

Business development director Steve Hamer said: "They come in eight flavours, including the classic Aussie pie called Footy, which is minced chuck steak, onions and organic spices in a rich gravy. All the pies are 265g except the Footy at 220g."