Food-to-go & eating out news

18 January 2022
McDonald’s has opened a new restaurant in the UK that is its testing ground for sustainable initiatives. The restaurant is its first restaurant in the UK and Ireland certified to the UKGBC Net Zero Standard. Where is the store? McDonald’s launched its zero-carbon store in Market Drayton, Shropshire, in December 2021. Source: Google maps What makes this McDonald’s restaurant diff...
17 January 2022
2022 will be a year of continued innovation, concept development and new ways of doing business, as the market moves forward to adapt to the changing needs of the consumer.  Our 2021 UK market forecasts showed that while the UK food-to-go market looks set to recover quicker than first expected, it will not reach its pre-Covid value until the second half of 2022. The faster-than-expected reco...
13 January 2022
Roughly 60% of Brazil’s convenience stores are franchises of major fuel brands. The big three retailers are ampm (operated by Ipiranga), BR Mania (Petrobras) and Shell Select. Source: Brasil Postos The channel has grown exponentially over the last decade, however only 20% of Brazil’s total fuel stations (around 8,100 out of 40,000) have convenience stores. The penetration of stores is ...
13 January 2022
Despite the uncertainty and complexity created by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 18 months, retailers across Europe have continued to focus on and invest in store innovation to meet the changing demands of the shopper. From hydroponic herb greenhouses and walkout payment technology, to restaurant meals and refill stations, the market is developing exciting new concepts and opportunities t...
11 January 2022
In November 2021, we visited Dublin to see some of the newest food-to-go stores and concepts.  Here are five of the must-see stores in Dublin that prove that Ireland remains best in class for food-to-go inspiration.  1. Centra, Miller’s Glen The new Centra store in Miller’s Glen, opened in November 2021, has a clear food-to-go focus, with a range of fresh hot and cold options, spanning a...
11 January 2022
Kroger has opened its first ghost kitchen in partnership with Kitchen United Mix at its Ralphs store in the Westwood neighbourhood, Los Angeles. High traffic location The companies announced their partnership last year as part of Kroger’s “anything, anywhere, anytime” commitment. This is a great location for this model, given the strong traffic the store receives from students, office and h...
10 January 2022
Social media platform TikTok has announced that in March this year it will launch a new service allowing users in the US to order a delivery of food that they have just seen presented on the platform.  To do this, TikTok will partner with Virtual Dining Concepts to create the TikTok Kitchens virtual restaurant brand, with food delivered by GrubHub.  The menu will include meals made popular by use...
06 January 2022
On the same day Greggs released annual sales for 2021 that exceeded pre-pandemic levels, the UK food-to-go retailer also announced their CEO, Roger Whiteside, is to step down to be replaced by Roisin Currie, currently Greggs Retail and Property Director. Strong recovery from pandemic challenges; well-positioned for growth Results summary: Financial year 2021* total sales of £1,230m ...
21 December 2021
US-based Albertsons is partnering with Picadeli to test its high-tech salad bars in six locations. Food safety and profitability This solution is being tested at six Safeway, ACME and Kings locations across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and New Jersey. It addresses two of the key challenges with operating salad bars; food safety and profitability. Salad bars were one of the first in-store ele...
13 December 2021
The UK quick service restaurant (QSR) market has seen a number of US-based chains enter in recent years (see our latest QSR sector report for more detail). Some, such as Five Guys, have expanded quickly across the UK due to the high level of capital available for investment the chains have and the advantage of being a well-known brand on entry, rather than having to build brand awareness like...