Food-to-go news

09 September 2019
Couche-Tard delivered a solid first quarter while facing tough comparables from last year. We look at some of the innovation programmes underway within the business. Headline numbers Total merchandise and service revenues up 1.6% to $3.6bn Same-store merchandise revenues up 2.5% in the US, 0.7% in Europe and 0.3% in Canada Net earnings up 18.3% to $538.8m Circle K global rebrand...
03 September 2019
Costa Coffee has launched its first ‘commuter-focused’ concept store in Lewisham, London.  The site is one of eight new mini-format stores opening in the city’s busiest rail stations over the next six months. Small footprint, fast service The Lewisham store occupies an area which was formerly the station manager’s office.  The space has been reconfigured with busy commuters in mind.  Layout...
22 August 2019
Ireland continues to be an outstanding market in which to explore the opportunities for food-to-go in retail, captured in our latest report looking at stores to learn from in Dublin . Here we focus on some the latest activities of one of the leading players in this space, BWG, and how in collaboration with store owners it is evolving and upgrading the SPAR Ireland proposition. A new look and ...
19 August 2019
London finds itself right now part way through an explosion of food hall activity, with several high profile openings set to follow in the footsteps of the two Market Halls, Fulham and Victoria, that have opened in the past 18 months. Indeed a third Market Hall, the biggest yet, will open on Oxford St later this year. We’ve visited the latest addition to London’s food hall scene, the Arcade Food ...
14 August 2019
Across the UK, we’ve already seen significant expansion into transit hubs from a range of operators. Here we draw together some of the latest moves from food-to-go players in airports. Crêpeaffaire – Luton Airport Crêpeaffaire is just one of a number of food-to-go focused operators that have opened at the newly refurbished Luton airport (Bristol-based Friska was one of the earlier entrants,...
06 August 2019
Crussh Fit Food & Juice Bars has opened its first site outside of the UK’s south east, in partnership with global services company Sodexo. Partnership with Sodexo The new healthy eating focused café is located at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, extending its 10-year partnership with Sodexo. The launch follows last year’s fran...
05 August 2019
We look at Home Chef’s plans to triple the size of its operations as the meal kit company continues to grow its product offer. Expanding product ranges and reach Kroger acquired Home Chef in a $200m deal last year. Although the retailer had developed its own range of in-house kits, Prep & Pared, the acquisition has enabled Kroger to accelerate its progress and expand its product range. Sinc...
01 August 2019
YO! Sushi will open more manned kiosks Tesco stores following a successful trial in two Extra hypermarkets in Bournemouth and Sunbury-on-Thames, as reported by The Grocer. Further rollout following successful trial In October 2018 Tesco began a trial and launched YO! counters in two Extra stores in Bournemouth and Sunbury-on-Thames. This was the first time YO! To Go products were made ava...
30 July 2019
Leading food-to-go specialist Greggs has announced sales of £546m for the first half of 2019, up by 14.7% overall and supported by like-for-like growth of 10.5% in its company managed stores.  Adding a net new 31 units to its estate, the business ended the period with 1,984 stores (of which 275 are franchised).  Driven by product development, but also favourable weather Greggs continues to ...
25 July 2019
Leading health and wellness retailer Holland & Barrett has launched a six-store trial of a healthy food-to-go range, targeting the lunchtime shopper with a selection of vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, wraps and bowls, along with alternative snacks and functional drinks such as kombucha. Initial focus on London Aiming to tap into the growing demand for vegan and vegetarian lunch options in ...