Food-to-go & eating out news

23 May 2022
After two disrupted years, rather than a return to normality, the eating out sector is facing a new set of challenges.  The issues outlined in our UK Eating Out Market Forecasts 2022 , such as rising costs, staff shortages and financially-stretched consumers, are shared by many countries around the world.   These significant headwinds may slow recovery, however we anticipate a period of inten...
16 May 2022
Last week IGD hosted its first webinar for the eating out market: “ Eating out: a new world of challenges and opportunities ”.  Over 150 retailers, operators, manufacturers, wholesalers and opinion leaders joined the session to find out where the opportunities for growth could be found amid the challenges facing the market. Missed the webinar? View the recording and download the slides on our ...
03 May 2022
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Couche-Tard and EG Group could potentially merge, with the latter valued at around US$16bn. Where do the two businesses overlap? The convenience market in the U.S is highly fragmented, with approx. 150,000 stores trading. Couche-Tard is the second largest operator with about 7,150 sites, while EG has approx. 1,700 stores. The merger could he...
25 April 2022
Since the launch of Shell Café in April 2021 in the Netherlands , the concept has been rolled out to other markets. We highlight the latest developments and explain what can be learned. Shell Café available in more than 10 markets  The Shell Café concept has been launched in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Czech Republi...
19 April 2022
Join us on Tuesday 26 April to hear from Robin Mills, Managing Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland who will present this year’s highly-anticipated Arena Savoy lecture. Attended by suppliers and operators in the eating out sector, this coveted event, will provide unrivalled knowledge that guests can take back to their businesses to help navigate the challenging economic landscape. Robi...
07 April 2022
Kroger, the second largest grocery retailer in the US, has started a new restaurant delivery service in Texas. Providing operators with flexibility Kroger Restaurant Supply has started operating in the Greater Dallas area. It’s been set-up to provide operators with a range of products at consistent prices, supported by a robust supply chain. They can purchase items by the case or unit. Regi...
30 March 2022
In this article, we look at three of the key takeaways from this year’s Hotel, Restaurant and Catering show to see what’s top of the agenda within the industry and where operators should be investing. This year’s Hotel, Restaurant and Catering exhibition took place at the ExCeL on 21 st -23 rd March. The event was co-located with The Pub Show, IFE, IFE Manufacturing and the London Product Sho...
24 March 2022
IGD's new research into the UK’s eating out market highlights the complexity of the road to recovery and forecasts that the sector may only reach 79% of its pre-pandemic value in 2022. Consumer behaviour and socioeconomic factors are slowing recovery and driving disparity.  QSR is the driving force behind market growth whilst Restaurants and Pubs will continue to recover but pace will slow. Fo...
23 March 2022
For one month, Burger King is transforming its Leicester Square restaurant into a fully meat-free operation. This follows the announcement in January of its ambition to become 50% meat-free by 2030. The vegan version of Burger King is open to the public from 14 March to 10 April 2022.  We visited on opening week to see how the trial was being executed. Branding goes green Before   ...
02 March 2022
Sainsbury’s has announced it will be expanding its Restaurant Hub format to 30 more stores this year following the success of the concept at its Selly Oak store . While 30 are planned for this year, Sainsbury’s will accelerate the roll out of the format next year if it remains popular with customers. Sainsbury’s will also be extending its partnership with Starbucks, opening another 30 mo...