VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund and A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. announce that Food Services has entered into a non-binding term sheet reflecting an agreement in principle (the “Agreement”) with UK-based Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited (“Pret”), which sets forth the general terms and conditions of a proposed Country Agreement with Pret that would grant Food Services master franchisor rights to Canada (the “Country Agreement”).
Pursuant to the Agreement, Food Services will be granted the exclusive right to use the Pret brand in Canada for a two-year pilot (the “Trial Phase”) during which Food Services will introduce the Pret brand within A&W restaurants in select markets in Canada. If the Trial Phase is successful, Food Services will be granted the exclusive right to expand the Pret brand across Canada (the “Expansion Phase”) pursuant to an agreed development plan. The proposed exclusive Canadian rights to be granted to Food Services during both the Trial Phase and Expansion Phase remains subject to the negotiation and completion of the definitive Country Agreement, which is subject to Board approval.
Currently, the Fund, through its investment in A&W Trade Marks Inc. (“Trade Marks”), is entitled to receive royalties from Food Services on the sales of the 994 A&W restaurants in the royalty pool (the “Royalty”). This Royalty will also apply to the Pret products sold within A&W restaurants during the trial Phase, to the extent such restaurants are in the royalty pool. Should the Trial Phase prove successful the Royalty will also be earned by the Fund on the sales of any Pret products made within A&W restaurants thereafter.
About The Fund
The Fund is a limited purpose trust established to invest in Trade Marks, which through its interest in A&W Trade Marks Limited Partnership (the Partnership), owns the A&W trade-marks used in the A&W quick service restaurant business in Canada. In return for licensing Food Services to use its trade-marks, Trade Marks (through the Partnership) receives royalties equal to 3% of the gross sales reported by A&W restaurants in the Royalty Pool.
About A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is a corporation amalgamated under the laws of Canada and is 100 per cent Canadian owned and is one of the strongest brand names in the Canadian foodservice industry. A&W is the nation’s second largest hamburger restaurant company with over 1,000 locations coast-to-coast. A&W Restaurants feature famous trade-marked menu items such as The Burger Family®, Chubby Chicken®, and A&W Root Beer®. For more information, please visit www.aw.ca.
About Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger is a sandwich and coffee chain commonly referred to as Pret and based in the United Kingdom. The first shop opened in London in 1986. Pret’s sandwiches, salads and wraps are freshly made each day in shop kitchens using quality ingredients and all coffees are 100% organic. Pret currently has more than 450 shops and operates in the UK, US, Hong Kong, France, Dubai, Switzerland, Brussels, Singapore and Germany. For more information, please visit https://www.pret.co.uk/en-GB