Operators Beware: Pret A Manger Teams Up With JDE Peet’s to Trial Self Service Coffee

Pret A Manger has teamed up with JDE Peet’s to trial fully-automatic coffee machines in a bid to rebuild its business after Covid, Reuters has announced.
Pret took some painful blows during lock down and no wonder: around 390 of its stores are located on UK high streets, at transport hubs or close to employment clusters.
PretOwned by investment group JAB and founder Sinclair Beecham, the company said that its ‘Pret Express’ machines will be introduced into convenience shops, petrol station forecourts, universities, healthcare facilities and workplaces.

The machines will offer the same coffees and teas available in the store’s shops. JDE Peet’s, one of the world’s largest consumer coffee companies, will be providing the self-service technology

It’s likely to be a disruptive entry into a sector that’s already navigating a steep learning curve.

‘This is new territory for Pret, which will allow more people across the country to enjoy our organic coffee and tea on the go, in places where there isn’t the right space to set up a new Pret shop,’ Guy Meakin, Pret’s UK Trading Director said, eyeing the bounty that was once the domain of the UK’s operating companies…

Be afraid: Last month Pret said it planned to double in size over the next five years, despite reporting a £256.5m loss for 2020. Ouch.

It’s a wounded lion…

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