One of our favorite spots for quick and easy vegan food in the United Kingdom is starting to pop up at airports across the US. Even better, its first location is at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. McCarran, which has vegan options in every terminal, now boast another vegan-friendly restaurant courtesy of Pret A Manger.
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If you’re not familiar with Pret A Manger, the business offers freshly prepared food and organic coffee. Folks on the East Coast and in Chicago have Pret restaurants, but until now, no airports had any. In the coming weeks, Los Angeles International and Charlotte Douglas International will get Pret restaurants. And, more airport locations are popping up soon, thanks to a partnership with HMSHost, which runs many of the restaurants at airports across the nation.
“Pret has been at the forefront of offering diners freshly prepared food that is beautifully and conveniently displayed and available in attractive, highly portable packaging. Now, we’re thrilled to debut Pret to world travelers and expand its presence in U.S. airports from coast to coast,” HMSHost executive vice president of Restaurant Development Stephanie Havard told QSR Magazine. “It is an exciting time for HMSHost and our airport partners as we continue to lead the way in elevating travelers’ dining experiences with the most delicious, on-trend choices to fuel their journeys.”
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We dig Pret because the food is easy — you can purchase vegan eats like oatmeal for breakfast, plus salads (try the Mediterranean Mezze), soups, wraps, sandwiches and more. They also offer also items that transport super easy and make for snacks while flying, like fruit cups and “pots” (think gorgeous bowls).
Grabbing food at Pret is also an environmentally-friendly choice. The company works to make “better use of” its waste, as well as reduce energy consumption, improve animal welfare and supports food rescue organizations in the US markets with the Pret Coffee Fund. In addition, it offers a 10-cent discount to customers who bring in their own reusable cups and is committed to making their plastic packaging 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, as well as eliminating unnecessary single use plastic and offering recycling in their US shops. Currently, most of Pret’s plastic packaging is recyclable in the US.
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism. She is a public speaker who has appeared at SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more, a journalist and entrepreneur. Diana is also behind the Vegas Vegan Dinners at James Beard Foundation’s James Beard House.