Food-to-go & eating out news

28 July 2015
Major national convenience retailer, McColl's Retail Group has announced interim results for the first half the 2014/15 financial year, revealing total sales up 3.4%, boosted by the expansion of its store network through the acquisition of 25 stores.  However, like-for-like sales fell by 1.9%, impacted by the ongoing deflation in the UK food and drink retail sector, and the highly competitive env...
23 July 2015
As Leon targets expansion beyond London, we look at this latest move and consider how others have fared and how others could fare in the future. Leon: taking its healthy, Mediterranean-influenced offer to new markets Leon, one of the key flag bearers of the central London healthy fast food/food-to-go revolution, has announced ambitious plans to increase focus on locations outside of the UK ...
13 July 2015
Following Starbucks linking with Pod, to bring a stronger 'London-focus' to its food offer in the capital, Costa, the UK's leading coffee shop chain has announced a trial supply partnership with London-based, salad-focused, food to go specialist Chop'd. Five products in six Costa sites The trial will launch in six Costa coffee shops across central London, bringing a range of five fresh, dai...
07 July 2015
M&S has reported encouraging first quarter trading with group sales up by 1.8%, driven by strong performance in food and online. Food: performing well in a competitive market Total food sales at M&S grew by 3.2% in the 13 weeks to 27 June 2015, driven by new store openings as LFL results showed slower growth at 0.3%. M&S's position as a premium and specialist food retailer continues to set...
25 June 2015
We visited the new store in Wealdstone on its opening day to see how the northern retailer is expanding its offer in the south with its supermarket format. Key opening in five year strategy The store is located on Wealdstone's busy high street, just a few minutes' walk from Harrow & Wealdstone station: one of the Transport for London sites where Asda operates its click and collect se...
25 June 2015
7-Eleven in Malaysia is planning a big push to both open and refurbish stores, as part of a move to differentiate its offer from its main competitors. Up to 400 stores to display new format The retailer will invest RM 90m (US$24m) in opening 200 stores and refreshing a further 200. Despite having over 80% of the Malaysian convenience market, competition levels are rising from new players...
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 ...