Pret gets a bit of a bad rep. It’s come under criticism for the high calorie count and fat content in its products, but the store does have its heart in the right place.
The chain states on its website:
“We’re committed to the highest feasible levels of animal welfare, environmental stewardship and ethical farming.
“Our wonderful farmers have won awards from Compassion in World Farming for our higher welfare chicken, eggs and pigs (since 2010, 2008 and 2012). “
Here’s where their produce comes from.
From Sumatra, Ethopia and Peru. “Always” 100% organic.
The chain says it all the milk it uses is 100% organic, and its dairy is farmed to standards of ‘British Farm assured’.
Pret only ever uses free-ranged eggs sourced from the UK.
All the meat produce is again, farmed to British Farm assured standards.
“Big, beautiful and wonderfully content, our milk and beef comes from cattle living on British farms. Enjoying a natural diet, never any synthetic stuff, they spend their summer days grazing in meadows and their winters sheltered in barns, so our milk and beef is all good.”
“Our pork and bacon is sourced only from the UK and to a higher welfare standard comparable to the RSPCA Freedom Foods standard. In recognition of our higher welfare pigs, Compassion in World Farming awarded us a Good Pig Award in 2012.”
“Pret turkeys are sourced in the UK from free range farms. They have access to indoor and outdoor perch tables, indoor pecking toys and one acre of range space (per 1000 birds) 24 hours a day”
The salmon is sourced from lower-density farms in Scotland, not caught in the wild. “Fast flowing water is passed over the stocks to replenish oxygen and keep the fish as healthy as possible.” Note: only 90% of the salmon farms Pret uses work to RSPCA Freedom Food standards, but the company says it is “working hard” to make this 100%
Pret also adds its wild crayfish comes from China, and is only fished once a year. “The crayfish are actually an invasive species, so harvesting helps to control their numbers as well as supporting the local economy.” Read more about crayfish here – a Guardian article which says Chinese crayfish imports are “commercially farmed and severely processed”. I’ll leave it for you to decide whether Pret should be importing its crayfish from a closer source.
The tuna is pole-and-line caught skipjack, which Pret says is the “most sustainable way to fish”. “It means no other marine life is caught or harmed.” The tuna is shipped from Indonesia.
The company states:
“We believe flying fruit and veg is over the top. It’s unnecessary and we don’t do it. Of course, we understand that for many farmers, particularly in developing countries, air-freighting is important to get goods to market (and those goods contribute towards economic development). Unfortunately, it’s a real sustainability conundrum.”
Fruit & veg:
It does not state where its fruit and veg originates from, although its mission statement is “to create, handmade, natural food, avoiding the obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives common to so much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’ food on the market today”. So we can assume it’s organic.