Food-to-go news

12 November 2015
Waitrose is to launch in-store fresh sushi counters and is updating its Pick Your Own Offers scheme to reflect customers' seasonal needs. Fresh sushi counters Waitrose is working in partnership with 'Sushi Daily', the European market leader in sushi bars and counters, to provide fresh sushi counters in up to 50 of its branches across the country. When the first counter opens at the new...
03 November 2015
The recent interim results announced by Whitbread show that Costa, the UK's biggest coffee-shop chain, has continued to grow at a significant pace over the last six months with total sales up 16.2% underpinned with solid like-for-likes of 4.4% in its core UK market.  Already a ubiquitous feature of many high streets, with 1,999 UK stores, Costa remains ambitious for growth and has set out plans a...
30 October 2015
As Starbucks releases impressive Q4 and full year trading figures, we look at the results highlights and three new routes to growth. Strong FY and Q4 results Results for the year impressed, with total revenue up by 17% to USD19.2bn. Operating income grew at a similar rate, up 17% to USD3.6bn, delivering an substantial operating margin of 18.8%. Same store sales grew by 7% over the year, an...
28 October 2015
We look at how Ahold US continues to innovate with its private label ranges, while investing in price to remain competitive and expanding its new fresh-focused bfresh banner. Ahold US expanding, with existing and new banners As part of separate initiatives, Ahold US has opened its second bfresh store, in Fairfield, Connecticut, and begun the conversion of the 25 A&P stores it has acquired,...
22 October 2015
Waitrose is trialling a new food-to-go and food-for-later concept called 'Our Chef's Menu at Waitrose' exclusively in its Berkhamsted store for one week until Sunday 25th October. Fresh ready to eat and dinner solutions The trial incorporates two services targeting different meal occasions. 'Our Chef's Ready to eat menu' serves ready to eat food all day. Breakfast options include yogu...
21 October 2015
Starbucks has opened a new store in London (West Street, WC2H 9NZ) that takes it into new territory, both in breadth of its range and the depth of its quality credentials. We've visited the store to find out more. A different brand and a new feel in-store Though permanent signage is consistent with core Starbucks branding, temporary signs around the entrance highlight this is no ordinary ...
12 October 2015
As Whole Foods Market makes a minority investment in Mendocino Farms, a small California-based sandwich chain, we look at the drivers behind the deal. Companies’ values aligned making it a good cultural fit As reported in Nation’s Restaurant News , Whole Food Market’s investment in the sandwich chain will help it to develop its store network beyond its existing 11 outlets. With a focus on ...
08 October 2015
As Sonae chooses dunnhumby’s services and puts its private label ranges under the spotlight and Pingo Doce says that it is investigating the online opportunity we round up news from Portugal. Sonae selects dunnhumby to drive price optimisation Sonae has chosen dunnhumby to extend the PriceStat price optimisation software licence across new formats in order to help it build and maintain its ...
08 October 2015
Metro is looking to strengthen its position in Germany with a number of strategic decisions. New buying group alliance Metro's Real banner has signed a new deal with Privates Handelshaus Deutschland (PHD), Germany's largest private buying alliance, accounting for 7% of Germany's total FMCG trade volume. This follows a trial run between the two groups and will come into effect immediate...
06 October 2015
Speaking at IGD’s flagship event, Just Eat’s group chief executive, David Buttress, discussed the importance of data in enabling online retailers to target shoppers and maximise the power of their offer both with individuals and, in the case of Just Eat, the businesses that it works with. Growth online coming from price and choice Just Eat is growing at 50% year-on-year in 2015, driven, as ...