Pod Food Ltd

Pod Food Ltd

November 12, 2009 10:27 ET

Good Times for Healthy Food at Pod

Pod 4 opens in New Street Square London and three new stores to open soon

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2009) -

Editors Note: A photo is included with this press release.

POD www.podfood.com, the healthy fast food pioneer is continuing to expand its eco-friendly dining business across London with the opening of its fourth site on New Street Square EC4 and the announcement today that three further sites will be opening soon.

With continued sales growth at the three existing outlets and a successful round of funding over the summer, POD continues to blaze a trail in a market that has seen competitors closing down or scaling back.

POD's success has been built upon a strong ethos of providing nutritious seasonal food that gives customers the opportunity to eat well and also minimise their environmental impact through the use of compostable packaging which can be disposed of in a composter provided in every pod.

Tim Hall POD's CEO and founder commented,

'2009 has been an exciting year for POD with continued sales growth through our three existing sites despite appalling trading conditions. A successful Pounds Sterling 1 million round of funding over the summer will enable us to more than double in size by March 2010 to become the leading healthy, fast food business in the UK. We aim to open a further ten sites in 2010 and hope to offer jobs to a lot of people who have lost them due to competitors going bust over the past 12 months.

It has not been easy but customers seem to prefer our delicious, healthy food to the same old sandwiches you can buy everywhere. My ambition is to bring our unique blend of flavours and tastes to every corner of London before the Olympics in 2012. I want London to be seen as a thriving, healthy City and pod aims to lead the charge.'

The New Street Square site was designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects and features a large kitchen and food preparation area and seating for 100 customers. This store, like its predecessors, has been constructed using sustainable building and furnishing materials including sustainable oak timber, recycled floor tiles reclaimed glass, and recycled Ercol chairs.

POD has capitalised on the compromised retail property sector by negotiating favourable terms on three further prime sites at Exchange Square, Cheapside and More London and these three new sites will open in January, February and March respectively.

About pod

POD was founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Tim Hall.

POD now has four outlets in the City of London and three new stores will open by early 2010.

Good Food – pod's Development Chef Emma Blackmore and Nutritionist Kate Skerritt create an innovative menu full of delicious, nutritious seasonal recipes - http://www.podfood.co.uk/autumn_menu_09.pdf

Good Health – pod offers advice to customers about eating a healthy and varied diet. Pod minimises salt and does not use preservatives in its dishes. Pod's menu includes a range of superfood, low fat, wheat free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Good Ingredients – pod buys fresh seasonal ingredients from trusted sources. All of its fruit and vegetables are bought from New Covent Garden Market each morning, and are British grown whenever available.

Good for the environment - pod has pioneered the use of compostable packaging throughout its stores. Pod also uses an anaerobic digester, a technology that turns waste products such as uneaten food and compostable packaging into electricity that in turn can be fed into the National Grid.

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