Food-to-go news

07 December 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most of our travel plans in 2020, there has been no shortage of new store concepts to see. In our new report, we highlight 50 new food retail and drugstore concepts that are set to inspire store developments in 2021 and beyond. Since the start of the pandemic we have seen a stronger focus on the use of technologies to support a contactless experience and t...
03 December 2020
Major UK and international forecourt retailer EG Group is launching the first phase of its new partnership with US sweet bakery brand Cinnabon.  On 4 December it will open the first of a number of central bakery sites in the UK, which will act as supply hubs for up to 50 Cinnabon units on EG sites across the country.  In the long term EG plans to grow this network to 150 units. Central bakerie...
27 November 2020
Located at the well-known Lau Pa Sat hawker centre in Singapore, Food Folks is the first locally-focused concept that blends retail and dining under a historical monument. Food Folks brings together FairPrice Group’s business philosophies of “Everything Food Made Easy”, “Customer First”, and “Better Value for All”. Source: IGD Research   All things loc...
17 November 2020
Last week McDonald's announced new strategic priorities which aim to balance the short term needs of customers whose daily lives are restricted by the pandemic, with the long term implications prolonged restrictions will have on future behaviour. The announcement of the ‘ Accelerating the Arches ’ strategy coincided with the release of its better-than-forecast Q3 2020 results showing like-for-...
17 November 2020
This week food-to-go specialist Pret A Manger will launch its latest diversified offer targeting evening meals at home. Dinners by Pret will be available from 30 Pret sites and will include new dishes such as focaccia pizzas, pigs in blankets, mac ’n’ cheese, hot rice bowls including curry and chili, and milkshakes. The meals will be delivered via Pret’s delivery partners UberEats, Deliveroo a...
17 November 2020
Reitangruppen, which operates the discount banner REMA 1000 in Norway and Denmark, as well as a variety of convenience banners in the Nordics and Baltics, is rebranding, restructuring and exploring listing on the stock market. We consider this and how a listing may help fuel the retailer's growth ambitions. Its REMA 1000 banner is the fastest growing discounter in Denmark, while it remains the ...
17 November 2020
Morrisons has opened a third Market Kitchen fresh food takeaway concept at its Edgbaston supermarket in Birmingham. The launch follows the opening of Morrisons first standalone Market Kitchen store in Manchester in August. Market Kitchen is a unique concept providing shoppers with all day access to fresh and healthy chef- prepared takeaway meals. Staffed by a dedicated team recruited from food...
09 November 2020
Last week England began its second national lockdown and this time food-to-go operators’ responses are very different to the first lockdown in March. Staying open for business During the first lockdown all the major food-to-go operators closed their doors to protect staff and customers, despite government guidelines permitting takeaway and delivery. Reopening started gradually around ...
06 November 2020
California-based Save Mart is partnering with a leading local chef in a take-over of its in-store restaurant at its flagship store. Restaurant take over The store in Modesto is partnering with John Surla, who leads one of the city’s leading restaurants, Surla’s. Save Mart opened a new flagship store in the city last year, The test will see John Surla take over The Tipping Point fast-casual ...
05 November 2020
Major UK SPAR distributor, AF Blakemore has announced significant new initiatives to upweight the food-to-go capability of its company-owned and independent partner stores; enhancing core cold ranges and launching two new hot concepts to increase daypart relevance. Daily Deli range overhauled Blakemore’s core pre-packaged food-to-go brand, Daily Deli has been comprehensively overhauled with...