Pret A Manger has created the newly created role of global technical director within its business.
The post will be filled by Marks & Spencer executive Kate Stein, who joins the 500-strong food-to-go chain at the start of September.
Mrs Stein will drive the implementation of key elements of Pret’s Allergy Action Plan globally, while also overseeing policies across the business on food standards, safety and consumer protection.
Earlier this year, Pret announced a Five-Point Allergy Plan aimed at showing how it is now labelling its food.
Mrs Stein brings with her more than 20 years of experience at M&S, where she has worked in both chilled and ambient food sectors. Most recently she has been part of the M&S senior technical leadership team.
She said: “I’ve always admired Pret and its ability to bring innovative, on-trend, freshly-prepared delicious food and drink to consumers. It’s been encouraging to see how Pret has transformed its business to improve food safety and support customers with allergies. I’m delighted to join the team at this point in Pret’s history and play a role in building on the progress to date.”
Clare Clough, Pret’s food and coffee director, added: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Kate to Pret. She brings extensive industry experience that will complement and enhance our Food team. Kate’s appointment will be pivotal as we continue to strengthen Pret’s food policies and transform our menu to serve changing consumer needs.”