Pret’s mil­len­nial menu makeover to se­duce ve­g­ans

Daily Mail - - Life - By Xan­tha Leatham

PRet a Manger is the lat­est high street chain to have a mil­len­nial makeover after an­nounc­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of gluten-free bread, smashed avocado and chilli salt.

the sand­wich chain has launched a new menu with eight ve­gan and five veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, join­ing the wave of cafes and restau­rants cater­ing for the grow­ing num­ber of those who avoid an­i­mal prod­ucts.

From next tues­day, Pret cus­tomers will find a range of new open sand­wiches, salad pots and break­fast items free of meat, fish, dairy and eggs.

the com­pany hailed it as the big­gest menu shake-up in the chain’s history. Pret’s new ve­gan of­fer­ings in­clude smashed avocado on gluten- free bread, a ‘Bang Bang’ broc­coli salad and a trop­i­cal break­fast bircher.

it is also launch­ing a new ve­gan salad pot, fea­tur­ing mush­rooms which have been roasted in a sticky tamarind, miso and brown sugar mari­nade. the ad­di­tions to its veg­e­tar­ian line in­clude a Greek salad, hu­mous and roasted pep­pers on gluten-free bread and a lemon and blue­berry cheese­cake.

the com­pany boasts that nine months of de­vel­op­ment went into its gluten-free bread, which ‘com­bines oat, teff, buck­wheat and quinoa flavours with mil­let, red quinoa, sour­dough and a dash of trea­cle’.

Pret’s head of food de­vel­op­ment, Han­nah Dolan, said: ‘We’re so ex­cited to launch our colour­ful new spring menu, our big­gest change in our history, which is a re­sult of lis­ten­ing to what our cus­tomers want. our team of chefs have taken in­spi­ra­tion from all over the world for this new menu and have worked in­cred­i­bly hard to per­fect each and ev­ery in­gre­di­ent.

‘From flavour­some roasted mush­rooms to our own gluten-free bread, which we hon­estly be­lieve is one of the best out there right now.’ the new menu fol­lows an­nounce­ments by the likes of Greggs, which launched a ve­gan sausage roll at the start of the year, and Burger King, which is bring­ing out a ve­gan Whop­per.

Pret, which was founded in Bri­tain in 1983, has grown to in­clude more than 500 shops in nine coun­tries on the back of a claim to of­fer nat­u­ral, fresh, qual­ity food made on the premises. But the com­pany has come un­der fire for its lack of al­ler­gen la­belling, which led to the death of teenager natasha ed­nan-lap­er­ouse in 2016.

it was also forced to re­move the word ‘nat­u­ral’ from its logo and packs fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions it uses some ar­ti­fi­cial ad­di­tives in its sand­wich bread.

Ve­gan prod­ucts are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar as their in­gre­di­ents have dras­ti­cally im­proved in re­cent years. in Fe­bru­ary, Greggs, the UK’s big­gest bak­ery chain, said it had made ‘ an ex­cep­tion­ally strong start to 2019’ – claim­ing that pub­lic­ity around its ve­gan sausage rolls had helped boost sales by 10 per cent. Quorn, the firm which pro­duced the fill­ing, has also launched a ve­gan quar­ter-pounder said to look, taste and feel like meat.

‘Big­gest change in our history’

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