Pret-A-Manger : United Kingdom


Green responsibility

One food retailer that takes its green responsibility is the leading UK sandwich and coffee stop chain Pret-A-Manger.


They emphasize the use of natural ingredients and all sandwiches are made on the day of purchase in a kitchen at each location. Food left unsold at the end of the day is collected by charities and distributed to the homeless. Sandwiches are packaged in paperboard rather than sealed in plastic and these are a few of many initiatives that make them an aware and sustainable company.

Four different lighting scenes were created depending on the time of the day. In the morning rush when customers want to get in and out quickly an energizing lighting scene with high levels was used. During midday when people want to sit down and enjoy their lunch a more intimate scene was used.  In the evenings the third lighting scene took this concept one step further with a lower lit ambiance for people to relax and wind down. The last and fourth lighting scene, “last man out”, turned all luminaires off with the exception of a few carefully chosen luminaires that ensures the brand messages are seen throughout the night.


With regards to lighting, Pret wanted flexibility over the course of the day and to ensure that the ambience in their shops should evolve to meet the changing needs of their consumers. Working closely with Fagerhult, they selected the Noc Spot track mounted spotlights to provide the accent lighting within the shops.

Equipped with a high quality LED  module, this luminaire offered exceptional colour rendering combined with advanced electronics, which enabled controlled light in a way that provided a shop environment that Pret’s customers and staff demanded. Also this type of lighting control decreased the energy consumption in the shop when the luminaires were not always at full output.

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