Food-to-go & eating out news

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...
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 ...
16 November 2021
London is a popular destination for our food-to-go safaris due to the world class innovation we see. To find out more about our safaris, contact us here .  Recently, we have been back out into London to see some of the newest food-to-go concepts that have evolved over the pandemic. Here is our pick of the top five stores right now: 1.    Atis, Belgravia Healthy salad bowl concept Atis...
15 November 2021
Valora has a multiformat strategy with eleven trading banners and more than 2,600 stores in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. We highlight the retailer’s latest innovations for inspiration. Sales is recovering in-line with easing of restrictions and mobility… Valora expects to return to pre-pandemic profitability within the next six months. Source: IGD R...
15 November 2021
Vietnamese food-to-go specialist Hop has transformed its Broadgate store to be fully-digital, following the post-pandemic trends of format diversity and unified commerce to serve customers with new routines and habits.   Pre-pandemic, Hop operated five outlets in London but decided to focus all the attention on digitalizing their Broadgate site during the pandemic. Now, there are two sites –...
09 November 2021
CEO David Potts has emphasised continuity and preserving Morrisons strengths in retailing and food manufacturing following its £7bn takeover by private equity giant CD&R. CD&R will be “good custodians” In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Potts said that CD&R were fully committed to Morrisons and that the business had a strong franchise for consumers and an important job to do for Brita...
01 November 2021
We look inside the first Motor Fuel Group forecourt that features a Pret A Manger store. Full on-site Pret kitchen offering those that want a more premium experience Source: IGD Research With mobility recovering, the site will benefit from Pret’s brand-pull and strong food offer  MFG Southgate provides consumers access to Pret’s freshly made food and organic coffee when they...
27 October 2021
In September, Lavazza opened its first flagship store in the UK, on Great Marlborough Street in central London, opposite Liberty department store. This is Lavazza’s first store outside of Italy and promises an “immersive coffee experience” to customers – we identified brand experience as a key trend in the coffee shop sector for this year. The 500-square-metre site is comprised of four ...
27 October 2021
We have previously discussed the growth of vending in food-to-go, in response to the trend of format diversity as a way for operators to meet the changing needs and routines of shoppers emerging from the pandemic. In our previous article, we mentioned Pret, who had trademarked the name Pret Express but had not announced their move into vending or released any details. Last week, Pret offic...
17 October 2021
The lunch! trade show returned on 23rd September at London’s ExCeL to bring together the food-to-go industry. Here’s what we learned: 1.  The outlook is optimistic but uncertain The future of food-to-go looks optimistic – the industry is recovering from the pandemic and the larger players are focusing on growth strategies. Guy Meakin from Pret spoke of Pret’s ambitions to open 200 stores ov...