Food-to-go news

02 December 2019
Kroger is partnering with ClusterTruck to offer a meal delivery service, Kroger Delivery Kitchen. Tech-driven solution to meal delivery ClusterTruck is a software platform that powers profitable, vertically integrated delivery-only kitchens. Founded in 2015, the company operates kitchens in Indianapolis, Columbus, Denver, and Kansas City. The kitchens offer multiple cuisines, with products ...
28 November 2019
We review Couche-Tard’s second quarter performance and the range of programmes and pilots underway which could underpin future growth for the Circle K operator. Strong Q2 performance Total Q2 merchandise and service revenue increased by 2.3% to $3.5bn, with same-store merchandise revenues up 3.3% in Europe, 3.2% in the US and 2.1% in Canada. Net earnings increased 22.3% to $578.6m. These re...
28 November 2019
This week Japanese casual dining chain Wagamama entered the world of food-to-go with the opening Mamago in Fenchurch Street, London.  We visited the store to see how the cuisine, service and brand values that have made Wagamama such a success have translated into a site targeting the on-the-go consumer. Design: building on the strengths of a recognised and trusted brand   Source: IG...
28 November 2019
Marks & Spencer has revealed that its evolving 'hot hold' food-to-go offer, including UK favourites such as sausage rolls and rotisserie chicken, is to be extended to 100 stores in the near term; expanding its food-to-go capability in day-parts such as breakfast and in winter time, when cold options have less appeal.  M&S Clapham Source: IGD Research Key opportunity in franchise par...
26 November 2019
One of the pioneers of the London healthy food-to-go revolution, Tossed has announced that it is seeking to file for a company voluntary agreement (CVA) in order to rebase its finances and secure the future of the brand. While sales continue to grow, profitability remains elusive, with the high cost of city-centre rents a major challenge for the company. Vital Ingredient acquisition underpe...
21 November 2019
Costa Coffee has announced that Dominic Paul will step down as CEO at the end of the month. He will be replaced by Jill McDonald. Experienced business leader Jill McDonald joins Costa Coffee from Marks & Spencer, where she held the role of managing director of clothing and home. Prior to that, McDonald served as CEO of Halfords Group, where she worked from 2015 to 2017. She replaces Dominic...
19 November 2019
At IGD Live last week we heard from an incredible line-up of leading UK and international food-to-go specialists, retailers and manufacturers. Here's what they said about how their businesses are tackling the five big trends in food-to-go .  The rise and rise of health and wellness As interest in healthy lifestyles increases, how can retailers meet the need for healthier food-to-go in ...
13 November 2019
Albertsons is terminating the subscription service for its Plated meal kits range. As part of its future plans for the brand, it will aim to build a stronger in-store presence. Expanded Plated offer over the last two years Albertsons acquired Plated in a deal reported to be worth $200m in 2017, at the height of the industry’s interest in subscription-based meal kit programmes. Over the last...
07 November 2019
The issue of reducing food waste in the food supply chain is one that has risen up shoppers’ agenda recently. In IGD Live’s Food-to-Go stream the founder of food waste app Too Good To Go , Jamie Crummie, and Planet Organic’s food director, Caroline Ottoy, spoke about how together they have turned the challenge of food waste into an opportunity. Food waste: especially challenging in fo...
06 November 2019
In its new annual Food and Drink report, Waitrose highlights how shoppers today are spending more mindfully, choosing to de-clutter their kitchens and opting for simpler mealtime options. It then shares its predictions for the future. 2019 trends Keeping it simple: Nearly 50% of Brits are trying to create more time for hobbies and are now cooking their weekday meals in under 30 minutes. ...