Food-to-go news

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...
11 May 2016
Greggs has this week revealed robust trading in the 18 weeks to May 7, with like-for-like growth of 3.7% in company owned stores and total sales growth of 5.7%. But what are its key current and future routes to growth? Slower growth, but performance still solid While this was a slowdown on previous growth, market conditions were themselves tougher, and this remains a robust performance in t...
10 May 2016
Dansk Supermarked Group has revealed it is to convert three quarters of of its døgn Netto discount-convenience stores to the Netto discount banner this year, while the remaining stores will be converted to the retailer’s new convenience concept, føtex food. 20 years of døgn Netto The retailer introduced its døgn Netto format in 1996 and currently operates around 40 of these stores pr...
03 May 2016
Whitbread, the parent of Costa the UK's largest coffee shop chain, has announced that it has acquired a 49% stake in Pure, the London-focused sandwich and salad chain, for £6.8m; including the option to purchase the remaining part of the business in the next five years. Pure to open ninth site on 5th May Pure is one amongst a host of healthy, casual lunchtime and dining concepts that has sp...
03 May 2016
As the food-to-go market in Germany experiences growth, we take a look at the key focus areas and see how retailers are innovating within the category. 1. Convenience Driving the increased demand for food-to-go is a cultural shift, whereby consumers' need for convenience has grown. This need drives two streams of food-to-go, first for food that is ready to consume now and secondly food-...
03 May 2016
With Whole Foods Market set to open its first smaller format, new concept store this month, we take a look at one of its unique features, "Friends of 365." Developing partnerships with companies aligned with the retailer’s values Whole Foods Market announced last year that it would launch a new concept, 365 By Whole Foods Market. One of the key elements of the format, which will operate wi...
27 April 2016
Whitbread, the parent company of Costa, has announced its preliminary results for the full year 2015/16, revealing that UK's leading coffee shop chain saw its total system sales in the UK grow by 15.7% to reach £1,283.3m, while total global system sales were £1,612.8m, up 15.3%.  Total UK store numbers have now reached 2,034 and global numbers 3,277.  Within the UK, Costa is now over twice the si...
19 April 2016
Major UK food-to-go retailer Pret A Manger has announced financial results for its full year to 31 December 2015, reporting total sales up 13.9% to reach £676m.  While boosted by a strong new store opening programme, with 36 stores added over the 12 months, underlying sales have also been robust with growth in existing stores running at 7.5%. Menu innovation a major driver Pret remains high...
19 April 2016
In an interview with The Irish Times, Lidl Ireland MD John Paul Scully has shared the discounter's expansion strategy in Ireland as it goes from strength to strength with sales exceeding €1bn. €1bn barrier reached 'a while back' While Lidl does not disclose revenue numbers, Ireland's MD John Paul Scully has revealed that the discounter's Irish operations reached the  €1bn mark '...