Waitrose & Partners news

06 November 2019
In its new annual Food and Drink report, Waitrose highlights how shoppers today are spending more mindfully, choosing to de-clutter their kitchens and opting for simpler mealtime options. It then shares its predictions for the future. 2019 trends Keeping it simple: Nearly 50% of Brits are trying to create more time for hobbies and are now cooking their weekday meals in under 30 minutes. ...
22 October 2019
Waitrose announces that its shoppers are adopting refill-style shopping, adds new plant-based solution to its private label range and announces the winners of its annual Sustainability Award. Waitrose shoppers adopting refill style shopping Waitrose has announced that its shoppers are increasingly bringing in their own containers and refilling at its store counters, including fish, meat and...
15 October 2019
No longer against the strong summer figures, the grocery market has picked up the pace in the 12 weeks to October 6th. Growth was +1.3%, from +0.5% in the previous period, according to Kantar. With inflation dropping from 1.0% to 0.8%, higher volumes drive this growth. We look at the results in more detail and the latest news from the key retailers. Ocado remains fastest growing supermarket ...
08 October 2019
We share range developments and additions from Waitrose, M&S, Iceland, Sainsbury's and Tesco. New look for Waitrose's top tier private label Waitrose & Partners has relaunched its top tier private label range: Waitrose & Partners No.1. The total range will feature over 740 products across a wide breadth of categories. Waitrose is keen to emphasise the role of its team in sourcing ingredient...
01 October 2019
The John Lewis Partnership has launched a restructuring plan, 'Future Partnership', and it is announced that managing director for Waitrose & Partners, Rob Collins, is set to leave the business after 26 years. 'Future Partnership'   The Future Partnership plan sets out to streamline the business and make it more agile to improve performance in a challenging market. The changes will take ...
12 September 2019
In a tough UK grocery market, Waitrose & Partners has reported resilient first half sales but will accelerate its focus on innovation to further differentiate its brand in the months ahead. Pressure on LFLs from comparatives but profits hold up LFL sales for the 26 weeks to July 27th were down 0.4%, with growth of 1.1% in Q1 followed by a decline of -1.6% in Q2, against a challenging period...
20 August 2019
In the 12 weeks to August 11th supermarket sales were flat according to new market data from Kantar. We look at the factors influencing this and key retailers' performance.   Poor weather affects sales Retailers are still failing to repeat the success of 2018, and the strong results generated by the hot summer. Despite the hottest day of the year falling within this period, the weather has ...
01 August 2019
The original Oxford trial will be extended, and key features rolled out for trial in more locations following "an overwhelmingly positive response". Trial extended in Botley Road, Oxford store Though the initiative is just seven weeks into its eleven week trial, Waitrose revealed that the findings so far give it confidence that the concept can be a success elsewhere. 7,000 customers have...
25 July 2019
In the 12 weeks leading up to the 14th July overall market sales fell by 0.5%. This was the first decline in market growth since June 2016. We look at the factors influencing this and key retailers' performance. Cooler weather and lack of seasonal events slows performance This decline was not unexpected as retailers were up against a challenging comparative period where the heat wave and wo...
19 July 2019
The retailer has sold four stores, and is closing a further three as it focusing on long-term profitability. Seven stores to close Waitrose has sold its Bromley, Oadby and Wollaton stores to Lidl, and has also sold its Sandhurst store to an unnamed retailer. Stores in Marlow, Stevenage Waterside (British Airways Headquarters) will also close. The 677 Partners impacted by the closures ...