Food-to-go & eating out news

02 November 2020
Following a strategic investment in the company in 2017, Nestlé USA has acquired Freshly, a subscription-based meal delivery service. Removing the barriers to healthy eating Freshly is a weekly subscription service which delivers fresh, chef-cooked meals that can be heated and served in three minutes, directly to customers’ doors. Central to the company’s ethos is a focus on removing barrie...
21 October 2020
We highlight recent developments from Belgium, where retailers are pivoting their food-to-go and online offers to meet shopper needs. 1. Delhaize discontinues Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept Delhaize has discontinued the Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept, which it originally launched in Brussels in 2018. At the time, the retailer saw the potential for 200 of these sites. Delhaize now pla...
19 October 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely reduce footfall in city centres, London-centric food-to-go operators announce more store closures and redundancies. Pret closing six more London stores UK food-to-go specialist Pret has announced that it will be making a further 400 staff redundant and closing six more London stores as the impact of the coronavirus continues to take its toll on...
13 October 2020
Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop chain, is boosting its UK expansion plans saying it wants to open an outlet in “every major city and town” in the UK in the next two years. 2,000 new jobs could be created by 2022.  The announcement follows the release of results which show a 37% increase in year-on-year sales in UK and Ireland. UK & Ireland chief commercial officer for UK and Ireland, Kev...
13 October 2020
Tesco Malaysia has enabled e-wallet payments across all food courts. It is operating 56 food courts out of 62 stores nationwaide. COVID-19 accelerated adoption of ecommerce in Malaysia Tesco Malaysia cited a Mastercard Impact Studies published in June this year showing that Malaysia's e-wallet penetration of 40 per cent is highest in Southeast Asia. E-wallet is also the preferred payment op...
12 October 2020
US-based Kroger has launched two ‘ghost’ kitchens at stores in Indianapolis and Columbus in partnership with ClusterTruck, a technology start-up that operates delivery-only restaurants. Tech-driven solution to meal delivery ClusterTruck is a software platform that powers profitable, vertically integrated delivery-only kitchens. Founded in 2015, the company operates kitchens in Indianapolis,...
08 October 2020
Yesterday, Coop Sverige opened a new concept flagship store in Hagastaden, Stockholm. According to the retailer, 'new technology will meet local food crafts’ . Highlights: Restaurant and bistro, local, ‘Vegorum’ and technology Following the launch, we were fortunate enough to receive photos and videos of the new concept. We bring you the highlights here. Key features include: ...
08 October 2020
Healthiful is a health-focused food store that first opened as a shop-in-shop in a Tops supermarket at CentralPlaza Chaengwattana. The retailer has just launched a new stand-alone store that includes a café under the Healthiful banner. Cafe designed to attract health-conscious group Source: Central Food Retail The cafe offers a wide range of health...
06 October 2020
Costa Express, the leading UK coffee vending operation, has launched mobile-enabled ordering across its national network of 8,400 machines, allowing customers to avoid needing to touch the machines when placing an order.  To date ordering has been by touchscreen, regarded by some as a potential coronavirus infection risk. Capability integrated into Costa Coffee Club app The remote ordering ...
29 September 2020
UK food-to-go specialist Greggs has reported that in September company-managed shop like-for-like sales improved to 76.1% of 2019 levels, compared to an average of 71.2% since reopening the full estate on 2 July. These results demonstrate a recovery of sales in line with Greggs' planning assumptions.  Greggs has a total of 2,039 shops (1,720 company-managed and 319 franchised).  Its store open...