Food-to-go news

01 March 2016
In a trading update accompanying the publication of its preliminary results for the full year 2014/15, major UK convenience retailer, McColls has revealed that its sales in the 13 weeks to 28 February 2016 grew 2.7%.  However, like-for-like sales were down 1.8% in the period, much in line with the previous quarter.  Within the same period store numbers were boosted by 12 acquisitions and seven co...
01 March 2016
Leading UK bakery and food-to-go retailer Greggs has reported sales up 5.2% for the 52 weeks to 2 January 2016, with turnover reaching £836m.  Performance was underpinned by robust like-for-like growth within the company-owned store estate, which stood at 4.7%.  With net 48 stores added over the year, Greggs now has a total of 1,698 units across the UK, comprising 1,593 company outlets and 105 op...
25 February 2016
We update on the latest from Starbucks' North American rewards scheme, Burger King's delivery trials and Pret-a-Manger's expansion strategy. Starbucks: new rewards scheme to support upselling? Starbucks this week revealed it was changing the way it rewards shoppers for their purchases in North America. For customers who habitually purchase a USD3 latte, the new system, based on cash spent...
24 February 2016
Whole Foods Market is launching a food truck test kitchen at its flagship store in Austin, Texas. We look at the drivers behind this. Potential to bring in foodservice expertise from beyond the grocery sector The new test kitchen is designed to experiment with new ideas for in-store dinning and food-to-go concepts, and to explore how the retailer could potentially collaborate with chefs and...
19 February 2016
Across Europe and North America, the boundaries between retail and foodservice are blurring more than ever. New hybrids emerging and new propositions are being developed to  better meet evolving shopper missions. London is a key hotbed, from which many seek to take inspiration. Here, we highlight five of our current favourites: SPAR Eat 17, Hackney Source: IGD Retail An...
17 February 2016
Morrisons recently appointed retail director Gary Mills has completed a major reshuffle of his team, as part of the continuing drive to boost the performance of its core supermarkets. In a separate development Morrisons has opened a 'pick and mix' sushi counter in Manchester, according to reports in The Grocer New operations directors appointed The restructure involves 15 new appointments t...
15 February 2016
The Australian department store business is set to roll out a grocery offer into the market, targeting what it describes as a 'gap' in the market. Offer will focus on prepared and ready-to-go fresh food The department store that was purchased by Woolworths South Africa last year, is planning on offering a fresh and high quality grocery offer that will target the prepared meal and food-to...
28 January 2016
Netherlands-based Jumbo has made three announcements that highlight how it is aiming to target shoppers whenever and wherever they are. With an increasingly fragmented shopper journey, which is blurring what shoppers expect each channel to offer, the retailer’s recent initiatives underlines its growing multi-channel and multi-format strategy. Retailer to buy La Place restaurant chain Jumbo ...
25 January 2016
A report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper has revealed that Tesco's two trial dedicated food-to-go stores at Philpot Lane and Villiers Street in London are to close as of 4 March.  The two stores were opened in 2014/15 as part of a drive to secure a bigger share of the London's ever expanding lunchtime and food-to-go market; located to provide access to significant parts of the capital's work...
19 January 2016
Major UK food to go specialist Pret a Manger has launched a coffee promotion ('Make Someone Smile') for early 2016 as part of its 'Random Acts of Kindness' customer engagement strategy.  During January and February Pret serving staff will have 120,000 special take-out cup sleeves to hand out with hot drink orders, which can then be redeemed for a free hot drink on a subsequent occasion.  In a key...