Food-to-go & eating out news

04 October 2016
Greggs, the UK's leading specialist food-on-the-go retailer, has announced performance figures for the 13 weeks to 1 October, with total sales up 5.8%, underpinned by like-for-like sales in its company-managed stores of +2.8%.  This leaves year-to-date (39 weeks') performance at +5.6% on a total basis, and +3.4% L4L. 1,743 stores at period end Greggs has now opened 103 new stores in the...
29 September 2016
In many markets, we are seeing growing activity in the food-to-go/ convenience arena as retailers and food-to-go operators alike focus on taking advantage of shoppers' changing behaviours and priorities. There are many standout formats across Europe - Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands for example have long been hotspots - but we're seeing more and more formats feeding through across a growi...
28 September 2016
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26 September 2016
Aldi UK has announced plans to invest £300m in updating existing stores as it reveals 2015 sales increased by 12%. Sales up 12% to £7.7bn In the full year to 31 December 2015, Aldi's sales for its UK and Ireland business increased by 12% to £7.7bn. This sales increase of over £0.8bn year-on-year comes as Aldi continues to focus on being price leader in the UK. This strategy is working f...
22 September 2016
We summarise the latest developments at Caffè Nero, McDonald's and Sainsbury's.  Caffè Nero: Glyn House joins becomes new UK MD Having spent almost five years in the role, Caffè Nero MD Neil Riding is to step down. New store development has been a focal point during his tenure, maintaining good sales and profit growth in the UK business alongside the broader international expansion plan. He...
20 September 2016
We’ve been out in Chicago to review urban formats, focusing on the intersection of retail and foodservice, to see how retailers are seeking to meet a broader range of consumers’ food missions. Mariano’s, Benton Place Mariano’s was acquired by Kroger last year as part of its acquisition of Roundy’s, and provided the retailer with an additional concept to support its multi-format strategy. W...
14 September 2016
The latest wave of innovations and expansion from the vibrant world of food-to-go. Shake Shack's international expansion continues US cult burger chain Shake Shack's first store in South Korea open to huge acclaim in Seoul in July, building on what's been a busy two years for Shake Shack internationally.  Its expansion outside the US has been driven through licensing agreements with local ...
13 September 2016
Walmart is partnering with Isaac Rousso to open a new restaurant concept, ‘State Fair Eats’ at its store in Plano, Texas. Featuring renowned food offer from State Fair of Texas Rousso has developed a loyal customer base and strong following in Texas due to the State Fair of Texas where he has been one of the most sought after foodservice providers. The entrepreneur has developed a range of ...
07 September 2016
It's been a busy few weeks in UK food-to-go. Here we round up some of the latest competitive activity. Veggie Pret here to stay Pret a Manger announced this week that its highly successful pop-up Veggie Pret store, located on London's Broadwick St, will remain open permanently, following an initial tenure of one month that had already been extended across the summer. The business spoke of...
02 September 2016
As it looks to grow its convenience store presence and target shoppers at new locations, Albert Heijn is set to add its ‘To Go’ format on forecourts in both its home market of the Netherlands and Germany. Albert Heijn collaborates with Shell in Germany… Albert Heijn has added two ‘To Go’ stores on Shell forecourts in Germany, in Straelen and in Dusseldorf. Albert Heijn has not expanded as q...