Food-to-go news

02 July 2019
Clive Schlee, CEO at major UK food-to-go specialist Pret, has announced he will be retiring from the role at the end of September 2019. He will be replaced by Pano Christou, Pret’s current chief operating officer (COO). Tenfold sales growth During Clive Schlee’s time at Pret, sales grew tenfold at the company to see it become a billion-pound business. The food-to-go specialist has over 550 ...
01 July 2019
As part of its plans to develop a flagship store in Cincinnati, Kroger’s new concept will feature a food hall incorporating its own, and external foodservice brands. Downtown store to tap into different meal occasions The 45,000 sq ft store is scheduled to open in September and will be more than twice the size of its existing store in the downtown area. The central element of the store, whi...
27 June 2019
The Co-op has today unveiled two new Co-op on the go stores, following on from a successful trial of a store at Piccadilly Station in Manchester.  Three stores to open this week The first of these is in London, located under a railway arch, at America Square, close to Fenchurch Street station. The second is in Pinhoe, Exeter, while a third will open later this week in Edinburgh. Targetin...
24 June 2019
Our view on the most important developments from the past month. Netherlands: La Place opens Amsterdam flagship, Jumbo opens new Foodmarkt Jumbo and La Place provides an interesting case study from the Netherlands, one that many of our Amsterdam safari groups this year have been intrigued by.  The combination of La Place’s longstanding expertise in foodservice and in catering for on the mov...
20 June 2019
Co-op has announced it will revamp and relaunch ten in-store coffee shops in partnership with Churchill Catering. & Coffee Co-op has signed a concession deal with Churchill Catering to relaunch ten coffee shops across its convenience store estate. The coffee shops will operate under the new brand name ‘& Coffee’, and will stock locally produced products, as well as offering tailored menus f...
14 June 2019
We look at recent developments from coffee specialists including Costa’s newly appointed managing director and launch of ready-to-drink (RTD) products, as well as Starbucks’ airport reusable cup trial. Neil Lake’s promotion to managing director, Costa Coffee Costa Coffee has promoted Neil Lake to the position of managing director of the UK and Ireland business. Lake previously joined the co...
23 May 2019
Major food-to-go specialist Pret A Manger has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire rival EAT. Expansion of Veggie Pret Pret is set to acquire all stores in EAT’s c.90 estate, and will convert as many as possible to Veggie Pret’s. Pret said the move is in response to growing consumer demand for more vegetarian and vegan options on the high street. The first vegetarian-onl...
21 May 2019
Morrisons has announced plans to revamp its meal deal offer, launching more innovative lunchtime options. Meal deal shake up Morrisons has announced plans to revamp its meal deal offer, launching more adventurous lunchtime products. The meal deal is priced at £3.50, and shoppers can pick up any main, snack and drink. Range additions includes a new limited-edition Bratwurst sandwich, m...
20 May 2019
Superdrug and Co-op set to enter a food-to-go partnership and Co-op set to open new distribution centre. Co-op tie-up sees Superdrug enter the meal deal market Health and beauty specialist Superdrug has entered a new food-to-go partnership with Co-op. The two are trialling a new offer enabling Superdrug shoppers to pick up their lunchtime meal deal for under £4. The offer will be avai...
20 May 2019
We review and assess some of the key stories over the past month. The growth of food halls - Time Out Miami opens its doors while Market Halls confirm fourth UK site We’ve been talking about the rise of food halls for a while now. And while there is some fantastic development underway in Europe, North America still leads here in our view, given the abundance of and diversity of developmen...