Food-to-go & eating out news

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 ...
16 November 2021
London is a popular destination for our food-to-go safaris due to the world class innovation we see. To find out more about our safaris, contact us here .  Recently, we have been back out into London to see some of the newest food-to-go concepts that have evolved over the pandemic. Here is our pick of the top five stores right now: 1.    Atis, Belgravia Healthy salad bowl concept Atis...
15 November 2021
Valora has a multiformat strategy with eleven trading banners and more than 2,600 stores in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. We highlight the retailer’s latest innovations for inspiration. Sales is recovering in-line with easing of restrictions and mobility… Valora expects to return to pre-pandemic profitability within the next six months. Source: IGD R...
15 November 2021
Vietnamese food-to-go specialist Hop has transformed its Broadgate store to be fully-digital, following the post-pandemic trends of format diversity and unified commerce to serve customers with new routines and habits.   Pre-pandemic, Hop operated five outlets in London but decided to focus all the attention on digitalizing their Broadgate site during the pandemic. Now, there are two sites –...
09 November 2021
CEO David Potts has emphasised continuity and preserving Morrisons strengths in retailing and food manufacturing following its £7bn takeover by private equity giant CD&R. CD&R will be “good custodians” In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Potts said that CD&R were fully committed to Morrisons and that the business had a strong franchise for consumers and an important job to do for Brita...
01 November 2021
We look inside the first Motor Fuel Group forecourt that features a Pret A Manger store. Full on-site Pret kitchen offering those that want a more premium experience Source: IGD Research With mobility recovering, the site will benefit from Pret’s brand-pull and strong food offer  MFG Southgate provides consumers access to Pret’s freshly made food and organic coffee when they...