Pret passes VAT saving on to customers

Prêt A Manger has today confirmed will be passing on the savings of the temporary VAT reduction to customers.

A spokesperson said, 'From today, you’ll be able to enjoy your takeaway coffee for a little bit less and from Friday this week, you’ll be able to enjoy lower prices while eating in at your local Pret.”

Background points:
VAT reduction:
• The price reductions on hot drinks will start from today (15th July).
• The price reductions on hot food and eat-in prices will start from Friday 17th July.
Some examples of prices changes on popular Pret items include:
- Eat-in Tuna Mayo Baguette – reduced from £3.60 to £3.15
- Eat-in Chef’s Italian Chicken Salad – reduced from £5.99 to £5.25
- Takeaway Ham and Cheese Croissant – reduced from £2.40 to £2.10
- Takeaway Latte - reduced from £2.75 to £2.40
- Takeaway Prosciutto Mac and Cheese – reduced from £5.50 to £4.80
In some cases, Pret has rounded up or rounded down to simplify our pricing.
This does not apply to cold takeaway food such as sandwiches and salads, as these items are already zero-rated for VAT purposes.

Eat Out to Help Out scheme
Pret will be participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in August.

Safety measures in shop:
Pret is carefully following the guidance issued by Public Health England, and we have implemented a range of new standards and processes in our shops to protect our teams and customers.

Returning to work
•All Team Members have undergone a thorough interview to ensure that they are fit to return to work.
•Those living with anyone vulnerable will not be permitted to return to work.
• Managers will receive a full briefing and training in shops before starting, and all Team Members will be made aware of safety measures before starting. They will also be advised of Covid-19 symptoms that they should be aware of so that they can monitor their own health accordingly.
• On the first day in shop, everyone will receive full training on all the additional measures that have been put into place.
•Team Members will be required to notify the manager if they are feeling unwell at any point while working at Pret. At which point we will ask them to not come into work and stay home.

Ensuring safety in the kitchens
• One person in the kitchen will be nominated as a ‘kitchen runner’ who will get the products needed for each Team Member doing food preparation, in order to minimise the amount of movement in the kitchen.
• Restrictions will be put in place to allow only one person in certain areas of the kitchen at any one time – for example, fridges or staff rooms.
• We are providing face coverings for any Team Member working in a shop that wishes to wear one in either the kitchen or front of house areas.

Ensuring safety in seating areas
• Tables will be spaced 1m apart
• Tables will allow a maximum of 4 people to sit together.
• Tables and chairs to be sanitised after every use
• Only tables that have been vacated by customers can be cleared
• Team Members should wear a face mask when working in the seating area
• Handwashing must be carried out after any front of house duties have been completed and before moving on to a different task
• Trays to be sanitised or washed in the dishwasher after each use

Test and Trace:
In line with the latest government guidance, we are encouraging eat-in customers to securely provide their contact details via a QR code that can be scanned with their mobile phone when they sit down.