Food-to-go news

29 April 2021
After much anticipation Eataly opened its first UK store in London, and 43 rd globally, in the City close to Liverpool Street Station. The concept of Eataly is simple: showcasing the best of Italian gastronomy in a place blending grocery retail and foodservice.  Here is a first look at what is probably the most impressive grocery store opening in the British capital over the recent years. A p...
27 April 2021
This year, with the government's reopening roadmap on track, the big question for retailers is “ what will be the impact of foodservice reopening? ” In our latest Eating In vs Dining Out report, in collaboration with foodservice consultant Peter Backman, we forecast the size of the UK food and drink market in 2021 and examine how retail and foodservice shares will evolve. The report a...
21 April 2021
We look inside the first Shell Café concept located along the A16 motorway in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. Our view Fuel remains the primary mission at forecourts, but a relevant food offer can convert ‘just for fuel’ missions to more regular in-store purchases. In Europe, for example, coffee is a very important mission, often an everyday routine purchase, so getting this right is vita...
19 April 2021
This weekend news broke that UK-based natural fast food operator Leon has been bought by EG Group in a deal worth between £80m and £100m.   As well as being hugely important for the companies involved, it also marks a step-change in the UK food-to-go market.   So let’s take a look at deal in more detail and examine why it is so significant for the market in general. A quick guide to Leon ...
16 April 2021
Walmart is partnering with Texas-based French bakery and café chain, la Madeleine, to test a new Express prototype at stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. 10 pilot locations to open The partnership will see 10 test la Madeleine Express locations open with Walmart Supercenters, its hypermarket format. The first is expected to launch in Garland this July, with the remainder opening in the ...
31 March 2021
This article explores the impact of product placement on plant-based sales out-of-home. We’ll look at whether segregation concepts like Veggie Pret work and the impact of providing a vegan restaurant menu. The article is an abridged version a longer feature first published by our Social Impact team - read the full article, including retail case studies from Tesco and Kroger,   here . A r...
30 March 2021
Saladworks, a leading fast-casual salad brand, has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands in a deal that will almost double its footprint across the US and Canada. The agreement will bring 60 non-traditional locations to the US and 30 to Canada by the end of 2021, many of which will be located inside Walmart stores. Saladworks capitalising on grocery store traffic Ghost Kitchen Brands has part...
25 March 2021
Although performance at urban convenience stores has been challenged amidst COVID-19 in many Western European markets; Reitan Convenience has invested in four new concept stores as it seeks to be fit for the future in partnership with design agency Reactor AB. These new store concepts elevate the customer experience across its formats to a whole new level, while PBX could set the benchmark...
24 March 2021
7-Eleven has opened its third Evolution Store in Dallas and sixth in the U.S. This time, the store is connected to Laredo Taco Company and features a drive-through concept. 7-Eleven's sixth Evolution Store  Source: 7-Eleven / M Booth The store serves tacos on handmade tortillas with chorizo, barbacoa, and carnitas. More than 30 drink options are also available, including Slurpees an...
16 March 2021
This week leading UK food-to-go specialist Greggs released its annual results for 2020. Despite reporting its first loss in 36 years the tone is optimistic.  So how can Greggs' pandemic experience and plans for the future help predict what will happen to the food-to-go market in the months and years ahead? Some will exit the pandemic financially fitter than others Greggs has weathered the...