Food-to-go & eating out news

12 August 2021
Asda has invested in digital foodservice start-up Lean Kitchen Network (LKN) and plans for a four store shop-in-shop trial as it forges ahead with imaginative initiatives to drive growth at its larger stores. What does LKN do? LKN is a specialist in developing on trend eateries by partnering with large hotel operators, restaurants and pub chains to transform under-utilised kitchen space. It...
05 August 2021
The Restaurant Hub is a new joint venture between Boparan Restaurant Group and Sainsbury’s, situated in the retailer’s Selly Oak store.  Launched last week, the food court concept is the latest of several recent partnership initiatives by the two companies who have recently unveiled  Caffe Carluccio’s coffee shop in Sainsbury’s St Albans and  Carluccio’s pizza counter and deli in Sainsbury’s Le...
21 July 2021
Recovery of the UK food-to-go market is happening faster than anticipated, according to our new UK food-to-go market 2021-2026 report .  This year the UK food-to-go channel will be worth £15.6bn, 82.5% of its 2019 value but significantly better than previous estimates.  The market will return to its pre-COVID value in H2 2022, 6-12 months earlier than anticipated. By 2026, the market will be ...
21 July 2021
As Albert Heijn progresses with its purchase of Deen stores, along with other retailers in the country, and Delhaize has signed partnership agreements with Foodmaker and Decathlon, we round up news from the retailer and its subsidiaries in Belgium and the Netherlands. Albert Heijn proceeds with acquisition of 38 Deen stores Following approval from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and...
16 July 2021
Blakemore Retail has launched its first SPAR Market store in Gwynedd, Wales.  Our view More convenience retailers around the world are moving away from a one size fits all approach. SPAR Market is a great example of how Blakemore Retail is flexing its approach to the communities it serves. SPAR Market in Bala is also connected to the Snappy Shopper app and this will extend its reach to more...
12 July 2021
As Rewe trials an autonomous delivery vehicle and invests further in the digitalisation of its operations, we look at four developments from the retailer. Rewe trials self-driving convenience store In conjunction with Vodafone, Rewe is testing, until September 2021, a self-driving convenience store, under the Snack Mobil brand, on the Carlswerk trade campus in Cologne, according to reports ...
30 June 2021
In May, Carluccio’s and Sainsbury’s announced their partnership plans for a trio of concepts in Sainsbury’s stores – Caffe Carluccio’s, Carluccio’s Counters and a Restaurant Hub. Earlier this month, the first Caffe Carluccio’s was opened in Sainsbury’s St. Albans superstore. Now, Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) – who acquired Carluccio’s for £3.4m in 2020 – are trialling Carluccio’s self-serv...
28 June 2021
The coffee shop market has seen significant changes over the past year, with specialists severely impacted by lockdowns and site closures.  In 2020, 59.5% of sales were lost and coffee specialists’ share of the food-to-go market decreased by 5.1%. However, recovery has begun and by 2022 the market is set to grow to £2.8bn – a 115% increase from 2020, although this will still be 15% less than in ...
02 June 2021
We round-up the highlights from the NACS Convenience Summit Europe day 2. Reitan Convenience CEO Jesper Oestergaard and Wawa Senior Director Fresh Food and Beverage Experience Mary-Rose Hannum share their thoughts on food trends. Food offer and foodservice increasingly coming together CEO Reitan Convenience Jesper Oestergaard shared: Many businesses are investing in foodservice in Den...
28 May 2021
One of the major impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the shift of economic activity from major urban, or city centres, into more suburban areas. Over the last year this has been driven by a range of factors including lockdown restrictions, company work from home policies and limited social, sporting and events opportunities. With the crisis easing in many geographies in line with the vac...