Food-to-go news

21 April 2021
We look inside the first Shell Café concept located along the A16 motorway in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. Our view Fuel remains the primary mission at forecourts, but a relevant food offer can convert ‘just for fuel’ missions to more regular in-store purchases. In Europe, for example, coffee is a very important mission, often an everyday routine purchase, so getting this right is vita...
19 April 2021
This weekend news broke that UK-based natural fast food operator Leon has been bought by EG Group in a deal worth between £80m and £100m.   As well as being hugely important for the companies involved, it also marks a step-change in the UK food-to-go market.   So let’s take a look at deal in more detail and examine why it is so significant for the market in general. A quick guide to Leon ...
16 April 2021
Walmart is partnering with Texas-based French bakery and café chain, la Madeleine, to test a new Express prototype at stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. 10 pilot locations to open The partnership will see 10 test la Madeleine Express locations open with Walmart Supercenters, its hypermarket format. The first is expected to launch in Garland this July, with the remainder opening in the ...
31 March 2021
This article explores the impact of product placement on plant-based sales out-of-home. We’ll look at whether segregation concepts like Veggie Pret work and the impact of providing a vegan restaurant menu. The article is an abridged version a longer feature first published by our Social Impact team - read the full article, including retail case studies from Tesco and Kroger,   here . A r...
30 March 2021
Saladworks, a leading fast-casual salad brand, has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands in a deal that will almost double its footprint across the US and Canada. The agreement will bring 60 non-traditional locations to the US and 30 to Canada by the end of 2021, many of which will be located inside Walmart stores. Saladworks capitalising on grocery store traffic Ghost Kitchen Brands has part...
25 March 2021
Although performance at urban convenience stores has been challenged amidst COVID-19 in many Western European markets; Reitan Convenience has invested in four new concept stores as it seeks to be fit for the future in partnership with design agency Reactor AB. These new store concepts elevate the customer experience across its formats to a whole new level, while PBX could set the benchmark...
24 March 2021
7-Eleven has opened its third Evolution Store in Dallas and sixth in the U.S. This time, the store is connected to Laredo Taco Company and features a drive-through concept. 7-Eleven's sixth Evolution Store  Source: 7-Eleven / M Booth The store serves tacos on handmade tortillas with chorizo, barbacoa, and carnitas. More than 30 drink options are also available, including Slurpees an...
16 March 2021
This week leading UK food-to-go specialist Greggs released its annual results for 2020. Despite reporting its first loss in 36 years the tone is optimistic.  So how can Greggs' pandemic experience and plans for the future help predict what will happen to the food-to-go market in the months and years ahead? Some will exit the pandemic financially fitter than others Greggs has weathered the...
10 March 2021
Walmart Canada is partnering with Ghost Kitchen Brands to open ghost kitchens in its stores. Five kitchens planned initially Ghost Kitchen Brands has partnered with over 20 restaurant brands to operate ghost kitchens across Canada. Its operating model and technology-led solution enables it to produce meals from all of its partners within a single kitchen. Through this partnership, it will o...
22 February 2021
Historically, across Latin America food-to-go has not been a particular hot spot for product innovation and the category is often uninspiring. This is possibly due to the vibrant street food culture in the region, which is readily available, fast to produce, delicious and affordable. However, in the last year we have started to see early signs of innovation in the category. Despite these dev...