Veggie Pret—the all-vegetarian branch of UK sandwich company Pret a Manger—just announced its biggest ever menu launch, including 15 new vegan items.
These new items include three new categories—Vegan Poké Bowls, Vegan Smoothie Bowls, and Buddha Bowls—and will build on the success of Pret’s Vegan Classics range, which veganized classic Pret Sandwiches.
“This launch is an opportunity for us to establish Veggie Pret’s menu,” said Pret’s Global Head of Food Innovation, Hannah Dolan, in a statement sent to LIVEKINDLY.
“We wanted to put a real focus on creating new vegan dishes,” continued Dolan. “So looked at where we could use vegetables and fruits to deliver flavour.”
Dolan added that the new vegan items are “perfect for customers taking part in Veganuary.” Or “just trying to eat more plant-based food.”
Veggie Pret’s Vegan Smoothie Bowls come in five flavors, including a Cocoa, Nuts, and Berries flavor, and Tropical Green. The smoothies include fresh fruit and nuts, with an emphasis on nutritionally dense ingredients such as spinach and blueberries.
For lunch options, The Sashimi-Style Watermelon Poké Bowl combines avocado, edamame beans, pickled cabbage, carrot, and radish. Also available is the Marinated Tofu Poké Bowl—made with tamari and ginger marinated tofu, mango, and pickled vegetables.
The new Humous, Sweet Potato & Kale Buddha Bowl is also vegan, as is the Sweet Potato Falafel Mezze Salad Bowl. Additional vegan options include smoothies, a Mexican Inspired Sweet Potato Wrap, Lightly Spiced Carrot & Coriander Soup, and Apricot & Pistachio Overnight Oats.
Vegan at Pret
In addition to the success of Veggie Pret, Pret a Manger has expanded its vegan offerings at all branches. In 2019, the company overhauled its menu and added eight new vegan options including a Humous & Chipotle Wrap, Roast Mushroom & Smashed Avocado Pot, and the Asian-Style Veggie Box.
The chain recently launched a vegan croissant and updated its mushroom risotto recipe to be suitable for vegans. Earlier this month, Pret announced that it will no longer be charging extra for vegan milk. Oat has also been added to its roster of plant-based alternatives.
The new Veggie Pret menu items launched in Manchester and London on 21st January.