Food-to-go & eating out news

24 June 2015
As part our attendance at the Consumer Goods Forum in New York this week, we visited a number of grocery retailers in New Jersey. Here we highlight three which are innovating with their hot food offers. 1. Wegmans is the must-see operator Having long been the benchmark for others in terms of fresh and prepared foods in the US, Wegmans continues to excel in this area based on our visit ...
17 June 2015
Marks and Spencer has opened its largest franchise store in partnership with SSP in London's Waterloo station following an extensive refit to increase sales space.      Refit of a key UK travel location The new M&S store is located in the heart of the station where an M&S Simply Local was previously located. Post refit, the store spans 9,500 sq ft (883 sq m) over two floors, with ...
11 June 2015
Major convenience retailing network SPAR has announced the launch of a trial partnership with Roadchef, the UK's number three motorway services operator.  This will see SPAR open convenience stores in two pilot locations, alongside the wider portfolio of Roadchef franchise brands that includes McDonalds, Costa and WH Smith. Sites on M5 and M1 The two trial sites for SPAR stores will be at...
02 June 2015
We see a huge number of food stores each year around the world, offering many outstanding and unique food experiences. Here are five of our favourite hotspots in London. 1. Borough Market London's most famous food market, Borough Market is a mecca for foodies, and with good reason.  There's a fantastic collection of different food stalls, shops and restaurants, all located within a ...
01 June 2015
Diverse range of formats As a major business hub and tourist destination, New York is a city of people constantly on the move and with very different needs. Commuters, tourists and residents all have to be catered for. Given this diversity it is unsurprising that an equally diverse range of store formats and propositions have developed in the city. This includes supermarkets, discount store...
28 May 2015
While retailers and manufacturers continue to compete on price, there are companies who are looking to deliver added value for shoppers without cutting prices. We consider five of the levers that are being used to offer added value, which we expect to see more of in 2015 and beyond. This article was written by Harriet Cohen,...
28 May 2015
Mainstay of the coffee shop sector, Starbucks is to roll-out an expanded food offer provided by London-based 'fast-healthy' food-to-go specialist pod. First launched in September 2014 in three central London Starbucks stores, the pod food offer is now to be added to another seven Starbucks sites across London and South-East England. Adds expanded food capability to Starbucks offer While Sta...
21 May 2015
Celebrate our industry's achievements at the IGD Awards 2015. Why enter? Being shortlisted or winning any of these prestigious awards could give your business a real boost. Past winners have gained great PR, industry recognition and a real sense of team pride. On the awards night, you will have the opportunity to network with the big names in the food and grocery industry. The awards...
18 May 2015
Following restrictions on Sunday trading hours in Hungary, it has been reported that forecourt operator MOL has adapted its strategy to benefit from the changes. Legislation came into effect on 15 March this year The  Sunday trading legislation, which came into effect in March has resulted into the closure of supermarkets on Sundays, while stores will also only be able to open between 06:0...
14 May 2015
Turkish retailer Migros Ticaret has launched a new concept store in Istanbul. Fine Food store to offer exclusive products, comprehensive range and in-store snack bar The store, which is part of the retailer’s Macrocenter format, is its first store to trade under the Fine Food banner. It is situated on two floors, offering an ‘exclusive product portfolio’ , in addition to range of fresh...