Fresh sandwiches and coffee are some of the products sold in this Londonbased chain’s 500 outlets in seven countries. Chief executive Clive Schlee, 60 — who will step down in September — oversaw sales of £879m in 2017, up 13%, helped by the opening of 58 new stores. The company is introducing a full list of ingredients on its products and, in May, announced the acquisition of Eat, its high-street rival, for an undisclosed sum.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank76
CompanyPret A Manger
ActivitySandwich shop operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m879
Profit £m99
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersJAB Holdings (100%)
Staff11,799
Founded1986
Websitewww.pret.com

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