21 Apr

Bakeries needed for BBC2’s Mary Queen of Shops

first_imgBBC2 series Mary Queen of Shops is on the look out for an independent high street bakery to feature in its third series.The popular television series features retail guru Mary Portas helping independent shops to make a success of their business.The third series is to focus on the high street and will feature shops such as grocers, convenience stores and bakeries.The BBC would like to hear from independent bakeries in the UK who believe they would benefit from Portas’ retail and brand knowledge. For example if they are struggling in the recession, feel they have lost touch with current trends, or are unsure about how to increase their takings.All interested bakeries should contact Tom or Nikki on 020 7967 1285 for more information, or email [email protected]last_img read more

20 Apr

Veggie Pret opens third shop in Exmouth Market

first_imgVeggie Pret, the vegetarian spin-off to Pret A Manger, has opened its third shop in Exmouth market in Islington, London.The Exmouth Market site welcomed 500 customers for a preview of the shop and to taste its menu, which included Red Pepper Hot Wraps and Sweet Potato, Coconut & Cashew Flatbreads.The new site will be the first Veggie Pret outlet that isn’t a conversion to an existing Pret A Manger shop.Pret A Manger announced it would be opening a third Veggie Pret site in September.Veggie Pret, which has two other sites in Soho and Shoreditch, is also encouraging its customers to improve the environment by selling reusable glass bottles for £3.99 (250ml) and £4.99 (500ml). Displayed next to the bottled water counter, customers have the choice to refill their bottles rather than buying a new plastic one each time.“Pret has always tried to lead on food waste and we are making inroads on the problem of packaging waste by reducing where we can and making more of it recyclable,” said Pret CEO Clive Schlee on his blog post.“Plastic bottles present a real challenge and there are two schools of thought within Pret. The passionate environmentalists say ‘Stop selling them altogether’, while the pragmatists say ‘Make it as easy as you can for customers to use fewer plastic bottles’.”last_img read more