Industry News | December 13, 2010

Pret A Manger is Ready for Chicago to Eat

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British restaurant favorite Pret A Manger, known for its natural, preservative-free ingredients, has opened its second Chicago storefront at 100 N. La Salle St. Introducing this location less than three months after the U.K. eatery first entered the Midwest market, Pret A Manger offers on-the-go Chicagoans quick and convenient fresh sandwich, soup, and salad options.

"We're thrilled with the positive response from our first shop at 211 W. Adams, and are eager to build on this warm welcome in Chicagoland," says Martin Bates, president of Pret A Manger USA. "We remain dedicated to serving Chicagoans the highest quality, fresh ingredients as we expand deeper in the Midwest."

The second location will reflect the same light, polished interior of the company's 211 W. Adams design, allowing customers to make convenient breakfast and lunch choices without sacrificing taste.

Every Pret A Manger store across the country receives daily deliveries of natural ingredients to their kitchens, and sandwiches, salads, baguettes, soups, and pastries are freshly made throughout the day. At the end of the day, all leftover food is donated to local charities, such as The Greater Chicago Food Depository in Chicago. On average, Pret donates about 150-250 meals per day through its partnership with The Greater Chicago Food Depository, and more than 1.7 million products to charities each year in the United Kingdom.

This holiday season, Pret A Manger is giving even more to The Greater Chicago Food Depository by donating $0.50 from every Roasted Turkey and Cranberry and Brie and Cranberry sandwich sold Nov. 12 through Dec. 31 in Chicago. Combined with this effort, Pret is donating thousands of dollars to its other food charity partners as well, including City Harvest in New York and Thrive DC in Washington, D.C.

Pret sources food locally whenever possible so the highest quality ingredients are used in the seasonally changing menu. In Chicago, Pret works with many local suppliers, including Organic Valley's Midwest dairy farms and local Chicago artisan bread maker Gonnella Baking Company.

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