Eat - Do They Franchise?

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The British sandwich market is valued at a staggering £7.85 billion, according to The Sammies (The British Sandwich Industry Awards). The Sammies is the main event in the UK sandwich and on-the-go food industry. Its no wonder that sandwiches are such a popular choice at lunchtime. Versatile in nature, they come in all different shapes, sizes and varieties, and are easy to make and can be eaten on-the-move without any cutlery.

The humble sandwich was born back in 1762, when the Earl of Sandwich wanted his meal to be placed between two slices of bread, to avoid interrupting his card game. Ever since, the sandwich has been enjoyed by peckish Brits, young and old.

Despite being a lucrative market with the potential for numerous thriving business opportunities, competition is prevalent in the sandwich industry. Not only will you be competing against big name sandwich shops like Subway, EAT. and Pret A Manger, but also against supermarkets, cafes and bakeries. One of the most well-known sandwich shops in the UK is EAT.

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EAT. is a UK-based sandwich shop chain which has 95 branches in the UK, 75 of these being in London. There are also locations in Manchester, Edinburgh, Kent, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow Bristol and many more places. The brand has been creating and serving delicious recipes for over 20 years now and its an expert in the sector. EAT. boasts a menu that changes depending on the season, with food being made from scratch every day. The first EAT. opened in Villers Street in London, next to Charing Cross railway station in 1996.

For breakfast, EAT. offers pastries, breakfast pots, breakfast baguettes, porridge and hot rolls. Drinks include teas, coffees, iced drinks, and chilled juice drinks. For lunch there is a range of tempting sandwiches, baguettes, wraps, grilled toasties, hot pots, soups, salads, fusion bowls, pies and baked treats. The brand clearly has a diverse offering and sells far more than just sandwiches. This approach is often adopted by other sandwich shops, but some chains, like Jimmy Johns, concentrate solely on sandwiches.

An Ethical Brand

EAT. is very selective with its suppliers to make sure that its high quality standards are met. For instance, all eggs incorporated into its offering our free range or from barn-reared hens who are free to roam to their hearts content.

Also, the chain is keen to limit food wastage as much as possible. This is realised through it donating the majority of its leftover sandwiches and salads to local charities.

Being an ethical brand, it is always on the lookout for different initiatives to support deserving causes. The coffee at EAT. has a reputation as being some of the best on offer. It is 100 percent Arabica coffee sourced from Rainforest Alliance (RFA) certified farms, where the coffee trees grow at a slower rate due to being at a high altitude and in shade. This slower growth process results in the coffee developing a more complex taste.

Does Eat Franchise?

There is no information online to suggest that EAT. is adverting any franchise opportunities. However, EAT. did strike a franchise partnership with Compass Group in 2017 that resulted in branded concessions being launched in Debenhams, including in the Basingstoke and Portsmouth Debenhams.

Eat4less also offers sandwiches as part of the on-the-go food market.

Eat 4 Less Franchise

Eat4less is a sandwich chain and the go-to destination for paninis, burgers, baguettes and more, at a very low price. There are seven outlets in the UK, in Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Liverpool and Birmingham. All of its staff are trained to the highest standards in preparing food fast and dealing with customers. The brand has become a firm favourite for a cheap, yet tasty lunchtime meal. There isnt any information to suggest that Eat4less is a franchise.

Just Eat Franchise

Whilst Just Eat also offers sandwiches, it is a completely different food company in comparison to the previous two. Instead of focusing on making and selling food in the on-the-go market, Just Eat is an online food order and delivery service that will deliver anything from Chinese to Italian straight to your door. Founded in 2001, the company is essentially an intermediary between independent takeaway restaurants and hungry customers. Just Eat charges its restaurant partners a commission on each order received through its platform (app or website). Because this platform offers an easy and secure way to order and pay for food, it increases its partners sales and promotes their brands. Unlike the other online food and delivery service, Deliveroo, Just Eat isnt responsible for the delivery of the food, the restaurant is.

Just East boasted 4.8 million new customers in 2018, which demonstrates how the brand is set to only go one way. Also, according to NPD, the delivery market is set to grow by 17 percent over the next two years with Brits dishing out almost £5 billion annually, with delivery providers like Just Eat, Deliveroo, UberEATS, and hungryhouse being more popular than ever.

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Subway is proud to be the number one restaurant chain based on total restaurant count, operating from more locations than any other chain in the quick service restaurant industry. The chains principle offering is sandwiches and salads that are not only fresh, delicious and customisable, but also healthy too. The brand currently operates 22,000 franchisees in over 112 countries.

Subway offers interested franchisees a two-week training course in order to ensure that they obtain all industry and brand-specific expertise before the big launch. After this, ongoing support is provided through e-courses and communication through newsletters.

If you are keen to invest in the biggest name out there when it comes to constructing your own sandwich, a minimum investment of £100,000 and a total investment of £200,000 is required.

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