As Percy prepares to hit the big 3-0, we speak to former M&S product developer, Julia Catton; illustrator Jane Massey, who created the original Percy Pig character and product range; and Meagan Hempenstall, former Percy Pig brand marketing manager (who is now head of brand and marketing for the M&S masterbrand). Together, they discuss how everyone’s favourite pig transcended his checkout treat status to become a cultural phenomenon.
We recommend activating Javascript in your browser.
Percy Pig™ began life back in 1992 as a humble but delicious piggy-shaped sweet. Today, this is one of M&S Food’s most valuable assets, with 20 million packs reportedly sold every year. The character is no longer just sold in sweet bags now either – over the years he’s appeared on everything from dessert sauces and juice cartons through to pyjamas and bedding.

Percy Pig M&S
Top: Percy Pig became the face of the M&S Food Christmas ad last year; Above: promotion for his 30th birthday in 2022