Food-to-go & eating out news

26 August 2022
With coffee consumption in South Korea nearly triple the global average, and an estimated one coffee shop for every 600 people in the country, the market offers great inspiration for the latest coffee trends and innovations. Here’s three things that caught our eye on a recent visit to Seoul. Robots at the ready Dilly was one of a variety of service robots we spotted in Incheon Internatio...
25 August 2022
Grupo Nós, a joint venture between the Brazilian company Raízen and the Mexican business FEMSA Comercio, is rapidly expanding the OXXO convenience store chain in Brazil. The first store opened in the city of Campinas (São Paulo state) and as of July 2022, it had 124 units in operation. The OXXO convenience chain was launched in Mexico by FEMSA in 1978 and it has since accumulated 20,196 st...
22 July 2022
We look at some of the latest checkout-free concepts to open, or soon to open, in North America, the range of formats they’re being developed within and assess where the various models go next. Key learnings Hybrid models will be the future, with shoppers able to enter and pay as in a regular supermarket, or use the cashierless technology There is no limit to the type of format where ...
22 July 2022
In our latest food-to-go customer report on ShopperVista, we explored app usage in food-to-go. Around the same time we published this report, Pret talked about their 2021 and H1 2022 sales, revealing that digital sales accounted for 37% of 2021 sales.   Here we look at some of our key findings and how this relates to Pret’s digital growth. Time-pressed customers are driving app usage ...
22 July 2022
On 28 th June, we attended the UK QSR Media Conference and Awards in London. IGD kicked off the day with insight into the economic outlook for the industry and an overview of our five eating out trends. Our chief economist James Walton focused on the current and future issues facing the industry, such as rising costs and labour shortages. Source: QSR Media On a more optimistic note,...
18 July 2022
The food-to-go market will be worth £18.9bn at the end of 2022, an increase of 3% on 2019 levels according to our new UK food-to-go market 2022-2027 report. The return to growth has happened around six months earlier than previously anticipated, although the gains made during 2021/22 will be dampened by rising inflation and reduced discretionary spend from the cost-of-living crisis in 2023/24. ...
24 June 2022
This year, a number of retailer meal deals have seen a change in their pricing strategy, and Amazon Fresh is the latest to follow suit. Earlier on in the year, Tesco increased their meal deal price from £3 to £3.50 , except for Clubcard members. This move would have pushed food-to-go customers without a Clubcard to the loyalty scheme, helping Tesco to collect more data on meal deal shopping t...
23 June 2022
The long-awaited addition to London’s Market Hall group has opened in the heart of London’s thriving business district – Canary Wharf. Originally announced in May 2019, the opening was delayed due to the pandemic. Having opened three food halls pre-pandemic, specifically Fulham (since closed), Victoria and Oxford Street, the company has been eager to expand. Last week we visited the si...
20 June 2022
As The Co-op announces new initiatives for its food-to-go ranges and how it aims to tackle food waste, we round up news from the retailer. The Co-op extends food-to-go range to Nisa retailers The Co-op has made its 2022 summer range of food-to-go products available to Nisa retailers directly from its central distribution. The range is made up of a selection of sandwiches, salads, wraps, sub...
06 June 2022
I went to New York City to see how retail is evolving, taking in convenient food-to-go solutions and the rapid roll out of new technologies and digital solutions. Key learnings from my visits in New York City: Food-to-go specialists are focusing on delivering the most convenient experience through wider range of products, orders via app and super easy collection in stores Getting the ...