Updated October 16, 2019. UK-based café chain Pret a Manger is launching vegan versions of its most popular sandwiches. The move follows increased demand for meat-free options.
Four new sandwiches are available under a new range called The Vegan Classics – a vegan tuna baguette, a BLT, an egg mayo baguette, and a hoisin duck wrap.
The “chuna” mayo and cucumber baguette features crushed chickpea tuna. Seasoned with chopped pickled onions, capers, and seaweed, the salad tastes just like traditional tuna. The VLT features roasted shiitake mushroom pieces as bacon, sliced tomatoes, green salad, and egg-free mayo. The eggless mayo baguette is packed with finely chopped tofu in vegan mayonnaise, and the hoisin and glazed mushroom wrap uses chestnut mushrooms as meat-free duck.
The plant-based line will be available from the company’s Veggie Pret shops. Those are Pret locations that only sell vegan and vegetarian food.
There are currently four Veggie Pret shops in the UK. Pret recently acquired fellow sandwich shop chain EAT. Now it will turn EAT sites into Veggie Prets, beginning in Canary Wharf in London.
Vegan Food at Pret
The high street coffee shop recently launched its autumn menu. The new menu includes vegan options like cinnamon apple overnight oats, pumpkin bisque, and four soups. Pret also updated its mushroom risotto recipe to be free from animal products.
Earlier this year, Pret completed its largest menu uphaul in 33 years. The chain introduced 20 new products, eight of which were vegan and six were vegetarian. The plant-based options included a Humous & Chipotle Wrap, the Roast Mushroom & Smashed Avocado Pot, and the Asian-Style Veggie Box.
Pret’s “biggest change in our history” was a “result of listening to what our customers want,” said Dolan.
The moves align with recent reports that more Brits are leaning toward plant-based foods. A survey by Leatherhead Food Research found that more than a third of people in the UK have at least one meat-free day a week.