// Pret A Manger partners with JDE Peet’s to trial self-service coffee machines
// Kiosks will be rolled out in 20 outlets in the next 12 months.
Pret A Manger is set to trial self service coffee stations in a range of locations including convenience stores, forecourts, universities, healthcare facilities and workplaces.
In a partnership with JDE Peet’s, ‘Pret Express’ will provide the same organic coffee and tea offered in Pret shops in locations where the chain’s baristas are unable to operate.
The move is set to rival Costa’s in-store kiosk offering, as consumer habits change due to new working and commuting patterns post-Covid.
Pret said Kiosks will be rolled out in 20 outlets in the next 12 months as it continues its transformation plan following the launch of its coffee subscription service last year.
The company is also planning to open 200 more shops across the UK over the next two years and has recently unveiled plans to double the size of its business within the next five years.
This will include hiring at least 3,000 new workers and baristas by the end of 2023.
Pret A Manger UK trading director Guy Meakin said: “We are excited to be working with JDE Peet’s to launch Pret Express, our first ever self-serve coffee machines,”
“This is new territory for Pret, which will allow more people across the country to enjoy Pret’s organic coffee and tea on the go, in places where there isn’t the right space to set up a new Pret shop.
“Using the latest technology from JDE Peet’s, Pret Express will give people a delicious and convenient coffee boost, at the touch of a button.”