Food-to-go & eating out news

06 January 2023
The growing influence of Korean culture continues to shape the retail landscape in Asia, as Shinsegae’s convenience banner Emart24 opened its first two stores in Singapore at the end of 2022. We visited its outlet at Nex to explore some of the store's highlights. Source: IGD Research Dining in store Source: IGD Research The biggest crowd-puller of Emart24 is its in-s...
14 December 2022
Battersea Power Station officially opened to the public on 14 th October this year. The impressive redeveloped power station features around 100 sites, 36 of which are occupied by food and drink operators. Source: IGD Research The offering at the Power Station is broad – appealing to a range of age groups, budgets, mission types and day parts.   Blend of dine-in and to-go opti...
14 December 2022
As we approach the end of 2022, we take a look at some of the key influences on the out of home food & drink market in the last quarter, and reflect how the full year performance aligns with the forecasts we produced in March . Our forecast outlined three different scenarios, of which we predicted that the most likely outcome was to be between a low and mid growth position. Whilst Q1-Q3 res...
06 December 2022
We’ve already looked at the trends shaping festive food-to-go ranges this year but what’s shaping menu innovation in the wider eating out market? We hosted our first eating out immersion day focused on Christmas last week – here are the top trends we’re seeing in menus this year. 1. Twists on traditional favourites Operators are using the flavours of Christmas in different ways, all...
01 December 2022
Waitrose is expanding its partnership with the bakery chain Gail’s, by trialling a new Gail’s fixture in three of its stores.  Whilst Gail’s bread is available in many Waitrose stores across the UK, the range is limited.  The three trial stores are in Berkhamsted, Bloomsbury and Richmond. Providing differentiation for Waitrose As well as increasing the range, Waitrose will be highlighting t...
11 November 2022
Meal deals are a priority in food-to-go right now. In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, retailers and food-to-go operators are having to find creative ways to deliver value to their customers when they themselves are facing increasing costs. While customers are trying to save, food-to-go operators are looking for ways to encourage trade ups where possible to capture extra spend and offset ...
02 November 2022
Northern Ireland SPAR distributor, Hendersons has re-opened its extensively remodeled SPAR store at Mallusk in Country Antrim including the first ever drive-thru execution of its proprietary hot coffee brand Barista Bar. Located in a largely commercial zone, the new Mallusk store has a significant demand for food and drinks-to-go to meet the daily needs of the local working population and drive-t...
02 November 2022
Christmas is rapidly approaching and businesses in the eating out sector are already trying to get customers in the Christmas spirit by showcasing their festive menus and encouraging early bookings. Despite Covid restrictions being less of a concern this year, there is still high uncertainty caused by the cost of living crisis, with the industry already being impacted by lower consumer spend...
26 October 2022
Marks & Spencer continues to surprise and delight its shoppers with its new fresh food counters at its London Colney store. The counters launched this week and are already attracting lots of shopper attention and engagement. London Colney is one of Mark & Spencer’s renewal stores, showcasing the retailer’s latest thinking and providing convenience and inspiration for shoppers. Variety of cu...
24 October 2022
Tesco has put up the prices of its meal deal for the first time since 2012, as food price inflation reached 14.6% in September. In February 2022, Tesco made its £3 meal part of its Clubcard offering , meaning prices would rise to £3.50 for non-Clubcard holders, while those part of the loyalty scheme could still redeem the meal deal for £3. 70% of meal deal customers are Clubcard holders,...