Food-to-go news

17 October 2021
The lunch! trade show returned on 23rd September at London’s ExCeL to bring together the food-to-go industry. Here’s what we learned: 1.  The outlook is optimistic but uncertain The future of food-to-go looks optimistic – the industry is recovering from the pandemic and the larger players are focusing on growth strategies. Guy Meakin from Pret spoke of Pret’s ambitions to open 200 stores ov...
28 September 2021
The UK food and drink market continues to face a period of unprecedented change.  As we all learn to live with coronavirus there is a general movement back to pre-pandemic patterns, but not for everything – some behaviours will have changed fundamentally for the long term. And it’s not only the pandemic that is stimulating these changes.   Companies are also learning how to operate in a pos...
27 September 2021
Responding to the new opportunities in the UK’s post-pandemic ‘from-home’ workforce, Sainsbury’s has launched a new lunchtime sub-category focus in the chilled aisle of some 300 of its stores.   Curating a range of for-one products, the retailer has brought together a selection of branded retail lines from key on-trend high street food-to-go players (Leon, Itsu and Wasabi) along with an eponymous...
16 September 2021
Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has added a new format to its portfolio with the opening of its first 24-hour self-serve, cashless Micro Market. Located at the head office of British cleaning appliances manufacturer Numatic, the outlet offers the 1,000 staff access to Co-op own-label products such as food-to-go meal deals, breakfast items, milk, bread, ready meals as well drinks on the g...
01 September 2021
As part of its partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands, Walmart has opened its first ghost kitchen at its store in Rochester, New York. Bringing new brands to the market Through this partnership, shoppers at the store will be able to make a one-stop meal pickup, or order for delivery, from up to 25 well-known foodservice brands. These include several brands which are new to Ghost Kitchens’ ro...
25 August 2021
One of our key food-to-go trends for 2021 is format diversity . Accelerated by the pandemic and the sudden change in shopper lifestyles and habits, food-to-go operators and retailers have had to come up with new solutions to meet changing shopper needs. With many changes likely to be long-term, such as working from home or hybrid working, the need to create convenient, accessible food-to-go solu...
20 August 2021
Come and join us in person at this year’s lunch! Show on 23 September - we’ll be sharing our latest forecasts and insight on the Food-to-Go market and we’ll also take you through the changing landscape of the coffee shop market. The Road to Recovery for Food-to-Go 12.45-1.15pm, Keynote Theatre 3, 23 September Food-to-go market is recovering faster than expected Our latest forecasts pred...
16 August 2021
Profi Romania continues to develop a store portfolio that caters to the different needs of shoppers. Profi’s food-to-go improving Profi is beginning to roll-out what it internally calls its ‘Monaco’ concept, bringing new value to its customers. One of the key highlights is the introduction of a fiiGO café, which offers food-to-go options such as pizza, hot dogs, pastries, and desserts. From...
12 August 2021
Asda has invested in digital foodservice start-up Lean Kitchen Network (LKN) and plans for a four store shop-in-shop trial as it forges ahead with imaginative initiatives to drive growth at its larger stores. What does LKN do? LKN is a specialist in developing on trend eateries by partnering with large hotel operators, restaurants and pub chains to transform under-utilised kitchen space. It...
05 August 2021
The Restaurant Hub is a new joint venture between Boparan Restaurant Group and Sainsbury’s, situated in the retailer’s Selly Oak store.  Launched last week, the food court concept is the latest of several recent partnership initiatives by the two companies who have recently unveiled  Caffe Carluccio’s coffee shop in Sainsbury’s St Albans and  Carluccio’s pizza counter and deli in Sainsbury’s Le...