Food-to-go & eating out news

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...
08 December 2021
London coffee shops have transformed since lockdown – they have had to find ways to attract shoppers back into the city when there is increasing working from home.  We identified brand experience as a key trend in the coffee shop sector for this year. Creating a brand experience enables coffee shop operators to build on their relationships with customers by making visits to their store...
08 December 2021
How we shop has changed dramatically since the heyday of the out-of-town superstore in the 1990s, creating big challenges for food retailers to keep the space relevant and engaging for shoppers. Could Asda have found a winning formula with its newly relaunched Milton Keynes store? A just-completed £6.8m refit of features a host of innovations and trials that offers a vision of how large stores...
23 November 2021
Sainsbury’s has rolled out a Caffe Carluccio’s coffee-to-go solution to a number of stores. The trial builds on the existing relationship between Sainsbury’s and Boparan Restaurant Group , owners of the Carluccio’s brand.  The partnership has already seen Sainsbury’s open Caffe Carluccio’s cafés in the St Albans and Selly Oak stores, a Carluccio’s deli counter in the Leamington Spa store, and T...
18 November 2021
Leading national UK coffee chain Costa has done a deal with major high street retailer Marks & Spencer to stock a range of its pre-prepared food-to-go items in 2,500 Costa sites across the country including its growing drive-thru estate. Under the agreement M&S products will launch into Costa outlets next year (2022). To complement existing Costa food offer The range of some 30 M&S branded ...