Food-to-go news

05 June 2020
Nearly 11 weeks since the UK’s biggest food-to-go chains closed their doors for lockdown, plans to reopen are well underway. Here’s a round-up of what the leading players are doing: Greggs Reopening 800 sites on 18 June , including 150 franchise stores (c40% of estate) Aims to reopen entire estate of 2,050 stores by 1 July Offering a reduced range Test stores near its no...
02 June 2020
Two of the UK’s leading food-to-go operators, Pret and Leon, are in discussions with landlords over new rent agreements as part of a focus on reducing their cost bases.  Like many hospitality businesses, the companies are under substantial financial pressure resulting from a sharp decline in footfall since the start of the UK’s coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.  Pret’s ‘comprehensive transforma...
27 May 2020
Greggs will open 800 stores across the UK from mid-June following a series of reopening trials. Phased opening In April, the UK food-to-go and bakery chain announced plans for a phased reopening with all 2,050 stores aiming to be serving customers by 1 st July. Greggs initially planned to open its 20 trial stores to customers but following overwhelming interest on social media following...
14 May 2020
McDonald’s have announced plans to gradually reopen their UK restaurants: 13 May - 15 sites in the South East of England opened for delivery only - drive-thrus and car parks remain closed 20 May - 30 more restaurants open including drive-thrus Early June - all drive-thrus open The food-to-go operator closed its UK stores on 23 March in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)...
14 May 2020
Following in the footsteps of major operators such as McDonalds, Greggs, Starbucks, Burger King and Pret , more national food-to-go chains have announced plans to start to serve customers again after closing sites in March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Subway reopening 600 stores Subway has announced plans for a phased reopening of a quarter of its 2,400 stores in the UK ...
12 May 2020
Following the initial reopening of 10 London stores on 16 April , this week Pret reopened a further 71 stores across the UK for takeaway and delivery bringing the total number of stores open to 101. The food-to-go specialist also announced that it will begin selling retail coffee products for home delivery via Amazon from next Monday (18 May). Stores reopen nationwide The next wave of ...
11 May 2020
Market update: Grocery sales growth slows to 5.5% in April:  New data from Kantar  reveals a slowdown in grocery market growth from 20.6% in March to 5.5% over the four weeks to April 19th as consumers settle into life under lockdown   Multiples update:   Tesco acts to meet soaring potato demand: Tesco has agreed to take excess stock from potato supplier Branston that ...
01 May 2020
This week three global food-to-go brands announced quarterly results, the first results to include the global impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Starbucks In its financial results for the 13-week second quarter ended March 29, Starbucks reported that global sales and profits had been hit by the impacts of coronavirus causing a 5% decline in revenue vs last year. Q2 summary: Globa...
01 May 2020
Loblaw has launched a new range of meal kits under the PC Chef brand, including a dedicated delivery service. $5 delivery fee The new range is currently available for next-day home delivery in the Greater Toronto Area. Customers can choose from a range of eight kits which serve two people, ranging from $17.00 to $19.50. Each kit consists of pre-portioned ingredients and a recipe card. The r...
29 April 2020
Two more leading UK food-to-go chains have announced plans to reopen stores, following recent openings by Pret, KFC, Burger King and Costa Coffee.  Find out why it’s so good to see food-to-go operators reopening stores here Greggs: a phased approach The UK food-to-go and bakery chain has announced plans for a phased reopening with all 2,050 stores aiming to be serving customers by 1 J...