Food-to-go & eating out news

27 March 2019
We round up the latest innovations from the Netherlands, where Albert Heijn has unveiled a new delivery robot as it trials plastic-free produce in-store. Meanwhile, Jumbo and La Place are investing in their joint proposition and Jumbo is collecting customer and employee feedback in real-time. 1. Albert Heijn to test delivery robot... Albert Heijn introduced its new delivery robot at the Dig...
21 March 2019
We review Couche-Tard’s third quarter performance and how it’s developing new food-to-go offers in North America and Europe. Record profit performance Total third quarter revenue increased 4.6% to $16.5bn, with merchandise and service revenue up 8.8% to $4.2bn. The retailer also saw strong growth in same-stores sales, increasing by 4.9% in Canada, 4.5% in the US and by 2.9% in Europe. Profi...
19 March 2019
Sainsbury's is working with The Restaurant Group to test new food-to-go concession concepts in a number of stores.  The Restaurant Group (TRG) has become the latest foodservice operator to trial concessions in Sainsbury’s stores with the launch of Grains and Greens, a salad box concept, and Mezze Box, a Lebanese concept. Grains and Greens: first look We visited the new Grains and Greens ...
19 March 2019
We've been in-store in Dublin to explore some of the latest retail/ food-to-go fusion concepts ahead of our April 25 safari.Here are some of the key things we took from our latest set of visits. BWG - giving SPAR stores a new look and feel One of the key headlines from our visit was the new look and feel we saw in BWG’s SPAR stores. SPAR Merrion Row, a long time favourite of ours in Dublin,...
18 March 2019
We’ve been in-store at one of Deli de Luca’s last format stores in Oslo, on Torgata, to see how the concept is evolving to meet a range of food-to-go needs. Focused on food-to-go Deli de Luca forms part of Norgesgruppen, which is Norway’s number one food retailer, operating a variety of formats including Meny supermarkets and KIWI discount stores. But Deli de Luca sits apart from those busi...
15 March 2019
We round up the latest format developments from Ahold Delhaize. The retailer is continuing the next phase of the Food Lion roll out in North America. Meanwhile it has acquired ten stores and has launched a new restaurant concept in Romania. USA: Food Lion invests €158m in 92 store refurbishments As part of its ongoing ‘Easy, Fresh and Affordable’ strategy, Food Lion is remodelling 92 stor...
14 March 2019
Major fuel forecourt operator Shell is rolling out a new loyalty programme to its company-owned and dealership site network to reinvent the way it rewards customers.  Recognising that customers have changed the way they interact with retailers, the Shell Go+ programme is integrated with the Shell app, allowing easy engagement with, and tracking of, the rewards on offer. Targeting three million...
07 March 2019
Leading UK food-to-go specialist Greggs has reported performance figures for the 52 weeks ending 29th December 2018. Despite the first half of the year being significantly impacted by extreme weather, the results show a good year of growth for Greggs. Total sales were up 7.2% to £1,029.3m, the first time sales have passed the £1bn mark in the company’s history. Like-for-like sales in company-m...
06 March 2019
Ahead of our next London safari on April 9, we share some of the reasons why we believe London stands out as a source of food-to-go innovation. 1. Health and wellness We don’t mean to say that London’s food-to-go scene is all about health and wellness, but we see a strong health and wellness positioning running through the proposition at a number of key players. Perhaps among the most obvio...
01 March 2019
We round up the latest news from the Netherlands as Jumbo starts online grocery delivery in central Amsterdam. Meanwhile PLUS is rolling out HelloFresh ranging across its estate, while SPAR is introducing a hot food-to-go pancake range. Jumbo starts online grocery delivery in central Amsterdam Jumbo has launched its online grocery service in the central Amsterdam, with shoppers able to orde...