Food-to-go news

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...
22 April 2020
Pret brings forward plans to launch retail coffee range According to the Financial Times, a Pret -branded coffee range could be on supermarket shelves by the end of April, after plans to launch at the end of the year were fast-tracked.  The change in plan demonstrates how Pret is quickly adapting its business in response to the impact of coronavirus. Last week, Pret re-opened ten London st...
20 April 2020
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced Amazon will provisionally be allowed to invest in food courier service Deliveroo, considering the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. US$575m funding round In May 2019, Amazon became the biggest investor in a US$575m investment round in Deliveroo, with the exact amount Amazon spent unknown. Deliveroo said the new investme...
17 April 2020
On 23 March, we reported that all the UK’s largest food-to-go operators had closed their doors after the government announced restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and measures to support businesses during this time. Nearly four weeks later, the news that three of the UK’s most popular chains were re-opening selected stores will have delighted many of their fans (a...
15 April 2020
In a letter to stakeholders, Starbucks provided an update on how COVID-19 has impacted its business and how it is responding, as well as sharing preliminary financial results ahead of its Q2 report on 28 April. McDonald’s has also released a statement ahead of its Q1 results, due for release on 30 April. For more on the company’s announcement, read more here . Starbucks’s focus Sinc...
14 April 2020
Ahead of releasing Q1 results on 30 April, McDonald’s President and CEO Chris Kempczinski issued an update on the company’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and performance since the beginning of 2020.  Key messages The statement focussed on three key points: The current situation has had a significant impact on business: started 2020 in a strong position, with global like-for-l...
09 April 2020
As countries implement social distancing measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus, foodservice operators have been forced to close their doors. Whilst some have been able to use government support to effectively hibernate operations, others have reacted with agility to adapt to the situation and bring new purpose to their businesses. The changes they have made fall into three main areas...
07 April 2020
To help local restaurants during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, H-E-B is stocking a selection of local products in its stores. Popular local meals H-E-B already stocked selected restaurant branded products, however this pilot is the first time it is bringing ready made meals into its stores. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the retailer is working closely with local restaurants to...
06 April 2020
Only 10 days since we reported that the majority of the UK’s restaurant and food-to-go chains were closing all operations, some have now re-opened their kitchens to launch new services.   Although the logistics are complex, there are benefits to remaining operational in some way: Offering services that support key workers and the vulnerable can boost staff morale, build ties with the loc...
01 April 2020
A round-up of the latest developments from UK food-to-go and out-of-home operators this week. Switching channels A national initiative to enable pubs to trade as food shops offering essential items such as bread, eggs and milk has been set up. mypubshop.com is a partnership between Brakes, Coca-Cola European Partners and Use Your Local, and is powered by ecommerce trading platform ...