Food-to-go & eating out news

07 July 2016
As Pret a Manger announces it is to open its first outlet in a motorway services, we look at how more operators are moving into motorway service and forecourt locations. SPAR at Roadchef services In summer 2015 Blakemore opened the first of its motorway services SPAR stores, following in the footsteps of M&S and Waitrose, with stores located within services at Northampton and Strensham....
30 June 2016
We share three of our latest food-to-go operators to watch, looking at growth businesses and innovators from Germany, Turkey and Norway. Kamps: a bakery plus approach Kamps trades from nearly 500 outlets, most of which are in Germany. The bulk of its stores are bakery led (though often offer coffee), but it's in the more premium Backstube concept where it sees perhaps the best grow...
23 June 2016
Tesco has reported total group like-for-like sales up 0.9% for the 13 weeks to 28 May 2016, including a second quarter of positive growth in its core UK operation.  Boosted by clear volume growth of +2.2% and transactions up 1.7%, UK like-for-likes were +0.3%, though slightly down on the +0.9% seen in the previous quarter.  Meantime international sales were solidly ahead with like-for-likes of 3....
22 June 2016
Following Q1 results this week, we update on Costa Coffee's last three months. Solid Q1 as growth strengthens Costa Coffee has reported improved growth for Q1, delivering 2.6% like-for-like uplifts in the UK. Total sales for Costa Coffee were up 11.5%. Across the portfolio, there was growth across several fronts, with UK, international and the Costa Express division all growing at simil...
17 June 2016
Our recent prediction for the UK food and grocery market is for it to grow by 9.9% over the next five years to £196.9bn. The key channels for growth will be online and discount, with us predicting hypermarkets and supermarkets to lose share. However, we expect to see a stabilisation in sales by 2021, as large stores evolve to reflect the changing needs of shoppers. Changing shopper behavio...
06 June 2016
In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper, Vincent McKevitt, founder and chief executive of food to go chain Tossed, has set out his ambition to open 48 new stores over the next four years in a drive to expand the brand beyond the 'saturated' London lunchtime market.  This will take its total store numbers to over 70 by 2020. Latest year saw 9% like-for-like growth Currently trading from...
01 June 2016
Italian food emporium Eataly has entered into a partnership with foodservice provider Autogrill to launch a new format: Eataly x Autogrill. Aim is satisfy diverse needs of modern travellers Autogrill will manage the outlet, which it describes as an "alliance of taste" , and which is located on the A1 motorway in the Secchia Ovest service area close to Modena. Eataly CEO: "Eat bette...
23 May 2016
Coles has reportedly significantly expanded its ready meal range, improved the quality of products and reduced prices, as it looks to expand the category and capitalise on the growth opportunity. Prices reduced by up to 28% The Coles branded products have been expanded to target time poor shoppers, according to Coles' general manager for meal solutions Charlotte Rhodes. Ready meals in A...
12 May 2016
Target’s first flexible-format store in Manhattan, New York will feature a Chobani Café. We review the retailer’s plans for the store. Focusing on essentials and delivering a quick trip At 45,000 sq ft, the store which will open in the Tribeca district, will be the largest that it has developed as part of its flexible-formats program. Initially conceived as part of the TargetExpress progr...
11 May 2016
Talking with The Telegraph, Leon's co-founder John Vincent has outlined the latest steps in the healthy food-to-go specialist's growth plans, which are taking it beyond the UK for the first time. Against the backdrop of a strong 2015 The business grew well over 2015, with total revenue up nearly 50% at £36.9m. Pre-tax profits grew at a similar rate, reaching £2.26m. Crucially, there was...