Who are we?
Pret works a little like a restaurant. We build kitchens in (or very near) every shop. We don’t use ‘sell-by’ dates because at the end of every day we offer our unsold food to charity rather than keeping it to sell the next day. We love making fresh, delicious food, and our milk and coffee is 100% organic.
The Pret Foundation Trust has a simple goal – to alleviate poverty in the UK. Alongside donating to grassroots charities, we give away all our remaining sandwiches at the end of every night, and also run our Rising Stars programme throughout the year.
Doing the right thing
We take a strategic approach to reduce our impact on the environment and to have a positive effect on the communities in which we work. We know that we can’t make progress alone so we work with a wide range of experts – from NGOs to not-for-profit agencies; cross-industry peer groups to academics – to help us to achieve our goals. We’ve achieved a great deal since we started but there is still much more to do.
Pret was the first ever major food chain to open a vegetarian-only shop in June 2016, when we converted one of our existing shops in London. Much to the surprise of the team, sales actually increased by 70%. An even bigger surprise was that more than half of our returning customers were meat-eaters, who flocked to the new Veggie Pret in Soho (which is now the first of many Veggie shops).