Healthy fast food-to-go retailer, Pod, to expand outside of City of London heartland



Following the recent announcement of a trial partnership with Starbucks – pod, the 23-strong healthy fast food-to-go chain, has revealed further expansion plans into 2015 to extend its footprint outside of its City of London heartland.

Plans will see further investment deliver a raft of new initiatives for the business including brand new restaurants outside of the Square Mile, upgrading and modernising existing outlets and continued innovation in its seasonal menu and ranges.

The company, founded in 2005, reports it has enjoyed strong double digit like-for-like growth since the start of 2014.

Marketing director, Meg Ellis, said: “We are seeing success across the business and our menu developments continue to be met with enthusiasm from our customers.

“Developing products like our hand prepared blitz drinks packed with health giving raw vegetables and favourite fruits offer our customers the ultimate nutritional fix on the go…. our blenders are still working overtime into autumn keeping London hydrated.

“In order to keep pace with our customers desire for variety and new ways to fill up naturally, we’ve just unveiled our autumn menu packed with exciting flavours and new ways to eat such as pick your own yoghurt toppings, our great value pod packed lunch meal combinations  and new gluten-free slow cooked porridge.”

Created by ‘good’ foodie and head chef Emma Blackmore, pod’s new autumn menu sees a variety of different ways to enjoy exciting, healthy fast food. From whole grain salads to hearty British Beef Chilli, pod’s seasonal menu uses clever food combinations to prepare the body ahead of winter.

In other news, founder Tim Hall talks of the partnership trial with Starbucks announced last week: “Our trial with Starbucks across three of the coffee chain’s central London stores started last week and has enabled us to introduce an innovative, new, nutritious pod food range to Starbucks customers. We’re delighted that they’ve recognised how appealing our food is to consumers and this exciting partnership only serves to confirm the widening appeal of healthy fast food.”