United Kingdom news

30 November 2021
Asda has reported a slight decline in Q3 sales and provided new details about its preparations for Christmas. LFLs down by 0.7% but food outperforms Like-for-like sales excluding fuel in the three months to September 30 th were 0.7% lower than a year earlier, impacted by a tough comparative period when social distancing restrictions resulted in more meals being consumed at home. Over a two-y...
30 November 2021
Major UK convenience retailer McColl’s Retail Group has announced that its ongoing programme of converting stores into the Morrisons Daily format, franchised from national supermarket operator Morrisons, will be extended even further than hitherto planned. Having already set a target for 350 Morrisons Daily stores, McColl’s now intends to add a further 100 to that number, aiming to reach 450 stor...
29 November 2021
Sainsbury’s has opened its first checkout free store using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, following testing by the retailer’s employees. Located opposite its Holborn HQ, the introduction of “SmartShop Pick & Go” is the latest in a string of digital initiatives from the UK’s second largest grocer. These include the development of SmartShop, personalised My Nectar Prices and the expansion of Ch...
24 November 2021
Lidl GB has announced a new store target for 2025.   How many stores does Lidl GB want to open? The retailer aims to reach 1,100 stores by the end of 2025. What do these numbers tell us? Lidl was previously targeting 1,000 stores by 2023, showing it wants to maintain the 50 stores per year opening rate. Lidl will remain the smaller of the two discounters in the UK, with Aldi ...
24 November 2021
Quick commerce pure play Getir has acquired its UK competitor Weezy in the latest consolidation in the fast growing and competitive sector. Meanwhile, Gopuff launched in 10 cities across the UK, driven by the acquisition of Fancy and Dija earlier this year. Getir’s commitment to the UK market Getir, which launched in Turkey in 2015, expanded to the UK in January 2021. In October, it anno...
23 November 2021
Asda has launched a refillable draft beer concept, the first UK grocer to do so, as it extends its refillables trial to another location. Takeaway craft beer offer Located in the beers, wines and spirits aisle at Asda’s Milton Keynes store, the new fixture provides customers with a regularly changing selection of 12 beers from draft beer pumps which colleagues will pour into one or two litr...
23 November 2021
Sainsbury’s has rolled out a Caffe Carluccio’s coffee-to-go solution to a number of stores. The trial builds on the existing relationship between Sainsbury’s and Boparan Restaurant Group , owners of the Carluccio’s brand.  The partnership has already seen Sainsbury’s open Caffe Carluccio’s cafés in the St Albans and Selly Oak stores, a Carluccio’s deli counter in the Leamington Spa store, and T...
23 November 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages continues to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committed to a package...
22 November 2021
Major national UK convenience retailer One Stop has reported strong growth in newly filed 2020/21 accounts. Pandemic boosts growth Despite availability challenges at the start of the pandemic, like-for-like sales jumped 15.5% in the year to February 2021 as the Tesco subsidiary gained from the trend towards local shopping during the pandemic. Total revenues however only advanced by 4.1% d...
18 November 2021
Leading national UK coffee chain Costa has done a deal with major high street retailer Marks & Spencer to stock a range of its pre-prepared food-to-go items in 2,500 Costa sites across the country including its growing drive-thru estate. Under the agreement M&S products will launch into Costa outlets next year (2022). To complement existing Costa food offer The range of some 30 M&S branded ...