Food-to-go news

21 February 2021
From our global view of grocery retail we can clearly see the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the development of food-to-go in small stores. Once a hero category, reduced mobility and stay at home guidance have had a dramatic impact on category sales. In the UK we estimate this loss to be worth c£0.8bn in 2020 vs 2019 (–29%) . However, after an uncertain few months in Q2 2020 w...
01 February 2021
In 2020, despite the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there was significant format innovation in the Nordics, especially so in Sweden. This theme has continued into 2021, with several new concepts launching so far this year already. Last month, we published an exclusive article, 10 Nordic stores to visit in 2021 . We described that the region offers something for everyone to be inspi...
22 January 2021
With news of potentially problematic new virus strains and uncertainty over how and when restrictions will be lifted, food and drink businesses face an extremely challenging start to the year. The implications affect the whole supply chain from manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers and operators.  All links in the chain must work more closely than ever to ensure businesses survive the t...
21 January 2021
Joint research by IGD and foodservice insight specialist, Peter Backman, reveals that spend by UK consumers on food and drink declined by 12% in 2020 vs 2019 .  Differences in mark-up, consumer behaviour and product mix account for the reduced size of the market. As lockdown restrictions caused UK consumers to eat more meals at home, spend shifted from foodservice to retail, reducing foodser...
13 January 2021
During 2020, food-to-go retailers and specialists alike had to rethink every element of their food-to-go offering to adapt to the changes in consumer behaviour brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a period of intense innovation as businesses seek to develop propositions that can survive the short-term unpredictability of changing restrictions and win in the long term as th...
17 December 2020
Update: IGD Store of the Month, January 2021 Gridserve has been voted our store of the month for January.  Retail Analysis subscribers can watch the video here Gridserve first look Earlier this month, the world’s first solely electric forecourt opened in Braintree, UK .  The site is a prototype for up to 100 locations to be built by Gridserve across the UK over the next five y...
11 December 2020
As it looks to expand its reach into new markets, improve in-store efficiency and improve the look and feel of its store network in the Netherlands and US, we round up news from the retailer. Albert Heijn to partner for unstaffed concept rollout… Albert Heijn has partnered with Selecta Nederland, which will lead to Selecta's Foodie’s ‘micromarkets’ stocking Albert Heijn's fresh on-the-go ra...
09 December 2020
Since we released our UK food-to-go market forecasts for 2020-2022 * in September, developments have occurred in both the virus path and the economic impact of the pandemic: The UK entered a second round of national lockdowns Advances have been made in vaccine testing and rollout Brexit/EU talks continue But how do these changes affect the outlook for UK food-to-go?  Here’s ...
07 December 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most of our travel plans in 2020, there has been no shortage of new store concepts to see. In our new report, we highlight 50 new food retail and drugstore concepts that are set to inspire store developments in 2021 and beyond. Since the start of the pandemic we have seen a stronger focus on the use of technologies to support a contactless experience and t...
03 December 2020
Major UK and international forecourt retailer EG Group is launching the first phase of its new partnership with US sweet bakery brand Cinnabon.  On 4 December it will open the first of a number of central bakery sites in the UK, which will act as supply hubs for up to 50 Cinnabon units on EG sites across the country.  In the long term EG plans to grow this network to 150 units. Central bakerie...