Food-to-go news

12 January 2016
Greggs has reported solid trading for its final quarter, helping to deliver an impressive like-for-like sales uplift for the year. LFL growth continues For the year as a whole, LFL sales were up 4.7% in company managed stores, with total sales ahead by 5.2%. While LFL growth in the final quarter slowed to 2.3%, this was set against challenging prior year comparatives. Greggs has yet...
07 January 2016
As Subway UK reports a record year of store expansion in 2015, we update on its growth strategy. Impressive opening plans in place Subway has grown rapidly in the past year, adding a record 270 stores and taking UK & Ireland store count over 2,000.  This compares with the likes of McDonalds (c. 1,200 outlets) and Costa Coffee (c. 2,000 outlets), and Greggs (c. 1,650 outlets). But the b...
04 January 2016
Danish market leader Coop Danmark is looking to capitalise on the popularity of convenience food by launching a new range of convenient meal solutions; while Dansk Supermarked hopes to benefit from people's New Year resolutions, with the introduction of a collectable promotion to encourage people to lead a healthier lifestyle. Coop Danmark's new range will be in 400 stores by early March C...
14 December 2015
Whole Foods Market has appointed Tien Ho as its first global vice president of culinary and hospitality to drive food innovation. Looking to make a step-change versus its competitors The retailer announced earlier this year that it was recruiting for this new role as part of its plan to drive further innovation in prepared foods. Having built a leadership position in this area, the retailer...
10 December 2015
Costa Coffee, the UK's largest coffee shop operator, has opened a new food-led concept store on London's Tottenham Court Road in a bid to gain a larger slice of the food-to-go market. Food-led coffee shop concept Branded Costa Fresco, the new store aims to make food a primary reason for visiting Costa, rather than simply an accompaniment for coffee. To achieve this Costa Fresco offers a dis...
08 December 2015
Waitrose has hired Rebecca Hemsley as head of hospitality operations, as part of its continuing drive to expand its activities in foodservice and hospitality. Hemsley will join Waitrose from Pret a Manger in January 2016, where she has worked for over a decade, most recently as head of commercial operations. Targeting the hospitality opportunity Over recent years, Waitrose has expanded its ...
02 December 2015
Sobeys has opened its first Nutella café at its remodelled Urban Fresh format store in downtown Toronto. All things Nutella Sobeys introduced the Nutella café as part of its aim to create unique and unparalleled experiences for its customers. The fully-branded café offers a range of pastries and artisan breads made with Nutella, along with fresh made-to-order crêpes filled with Nutella. A ...
01 December 2015
Norway’s market leader NorgesGruppen is to launch its Deli de Luca concept at a number of larger Esso forecourts, following the retailer's ten year agreement with Esso Norway AS, which will see Norway Servicehandel AS operate 106 Esso shops and car washes throughout the country. Deli de Luca operates 30 convenience stores Deli de Luca is one of NorgesGruppen's convenience banners, curr...
23 November 2015
Operating losses almost doubled at Tesco's Harris + Hoole coffee shop chain in the year to 1 March 2015 as the business invested in new locations and wrote down asset values. Write down exaggerates loss Harris + Hoole's operating loss was £21.6m for the 53 weeks to 1 March 2015, up from £11.3m in the previous year, with results heavily impacted by a £9.1m property writedown at a time of sig...
12 November 2015
Independent petrol station owner and operators HKS Holdings Ltd has continued it recent rapid expansion by completing the acquisition of fellow Leicestershire based Brobot Group Ltd. Doubling of portfolio The additional 23 sites added to the HKS portfolio comes hot on the heels of the seven Shell sites purchased in September, raising the total number of sites to now just under sixty. Thi...