Food-to-go & eating out news

24 March 2022
IGD's new research into the UK’s eating out market highlights the complexity of the road to recovery and forecasts that the sector may only reach 79% of its pre-pandemic value in 2022. Consumer behaviour and socioeconomic factors are slowing recovery and driving disparity.  QSR is the driving force behind market growth whilst Restaurants and Pubs will continue to recover but pace will slow. Fo...
23 March 2022
For one month, Burger King is transforming its Leicester Square restaurant into a fully meat-free operation. This follows the announcement in January of its ambition to become 50% meat-free by 2030. The vegan version of Burger King is open to the public from 14 March to 10 April 2022.  We visited on opening week to see how the trial was being executed. Branding goes green Before   ...
02 March 2022
Sainsbury’s has announced it will be expanding its Restaurant Hub format to 30 more stores this year following the success of the concept at its Selly Oak store . While 30 are planned for this year, Sainsbury’s will accelerate the roll out of the format next year if it remains popular with customers. Sainsbury’s will also be extending its partnership with Starbucks, opening another 30 mo...
01 March 2022
Loyalty in food-to-go has become increasingly important since the start of the pandemic as operators tried to maintain customer engagement . Now, retailers are starting to include food-to-go as part of their loyalty schemes, with Tesco and M&S announcing changes to their Clubcard and Sparks schemes over the weekend that will directly impact food-to-go shoppers.   Tesco Over the weekend...
23 February 2022
AF Blakemore, the SPAR distributor for the midland England and Wales, has opened its refurbished company-owned convenience store in the Welsh university town of Aberystwyth, which now features a new multi-brand takeaway food concept entitled ‘Eat Some …’ This comprises six hot food counters each serving menus based around complementary takeaway formats. All proprietary concepts developed and o...
21 February 2022
Last week UK food-to-go retailer Greggs announced a collaboration with fashion giant Primark. This unique collaboration included a Tasty by Greggs café opening in Primark’s UK flagship store in Birmingham, followed by the launch of a clothing launch. This expansion is the biggest and most instagrammable Greggs in the world according to their Tasty by Greggs announcement. The café opened on 12 ...
18 February 2022
The Coca-Cola Company is aiming for at least 25% of all beverages, across its portfolio of brands, to be sold in refillable or returnable glass or plastic bottles, or refillable containers through a fountain or Coca-Cola dispensers by 2030. World Without Waste The announcement is linked to Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste initiative, which has three elements – Design, Collect and Partner. Th...
16 February 2022
Contract caterer, Compass has launched a checkout free food-to-go format at the new headquarters of the leisure group, Flutter, which operates brands including Paddy Power and Betfair. Located at Clonskeagh, south Dublin, the new store called Market X provides one of the on-site food concepts available to the 1,700 employees at the complex. As well as Flutter employees the store is also accessibl...
09 February 2022
Veganuary, launched in 2014, is an annual global campaign encouraging people to switch to a vegan/plant-based lifestyle for the month of January. More than 600,000 signed up globally to participate in the campaign in the first two weeks of 2022 – a 3% increase from 2021. In recent years, we have already seen huge innovation in vegan items in the eating out sector, with more plant-based product...
02 February 2022
COVID-19 has impacted the food and consumer goods landscape in Latin America, altering shopping habits, forcing retailers to rethink their strategies and accelerating trends. There is ongoing uncertainty over what the future holds and new variants continue to cause disruption and operational challenges.  With an eye on the next 12 months, we have identified five trends that we believe will sha...