Food-to-go news

22 September 2020
2020 is a year like no other for UK food-to-go.  Previously the hero of the food and drink market, the sector has experienced unprecedented challenges in 2020 which will continue to impact it for years to come. In our new UK food-to-go market report 2020 , produced with the help of colleagues from across the industry, we predict that the sector will decline by 43% this year and only retur...
18 September 2020
The retailer has opened the flagship store, made of six overlapping shipping contains, in Shanghai on 9 th September. Continuing long history of sustainability and commitment to recycling The store is located at Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Science Innovation Park, which was formerly home to warehouses and container storage yards. The cargo containers have now been converted into office spaces...
04 September 2020
Pret a Manger will offer a new coffee subscription service where customers can buy up to five coffees a day for £20 per month.  The new scheme aims to tempt back customers as the chain struggles to regain sales in its core city centre locations, which are still relatively deserted as many office workers continue to work from home. New digital strategy Pret will launch its YourPret Barista m...
04 September 2020
Costa Coffee is the latest food-to-go operator to announce plans to reduce its workforce, following similar announcements by Pret and SSP. Up to 1,650 jobs are at risk across 1,600 Costa-owned stores – the company’s 1,100 franchise stores are not affected. Costa did not mention specific store closures, saying, “In terms of store closures, we open new stores, renovate stores and close sto...
04 September 2020
Tesco has launched a new hot pizza to-go counter in partnership with Pizza Express under the Za brand. We visited the hypermarket Cardiff store, which is situated in a residential area with student accommodation nearby to take a first look. Source: IGD Research On arriving at the store shoppers are told about the new arrival through a pop-up stand. Source: IGD Research ...
01 September 2020
Leading UK food-to-go retailer, Pret A Manger, is set to cut 3,000 jobs following the fall in sales as a result of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuts following fall in sales Pret is cutting more than a third of its workforce due to sales being 60% lower than in 2019. The majority of roles cut will be from its stores, and around 90 roles lost at its support centre. Pret’s reliance on ...
26 August 2020
Texas-based HEB has opened a new supermarket featuring a food hall concept, Main Streat. Dine in, takeout and delivery The HEB store in Austin, Texas features a range of foodservice concepts as part of the Main Streat food hall and bar. It offers takeout, limited capacity dining on an outdoor patio and inside, and free delivery from Favor, the retailer’s on-demand delivery company. Although...
25 August 2020
Loblaw has expanded the range of meal kits for delivery available from its pcchef.ca service through partnering with a range of Toronto-based restaurants. Launched during COVID-19 pandemic Loblaw launched its PC Chef delivery service earlier this year, offering a range of meal kits available for next-day home delivery in the Greater Toronto Area. Initially, the retailer offered a range of p...
25 August 2020
Morrisons has launched its Market Kitchen food-to-go concept at a second store, following the launch at its Canning Town store last year. As reported by The Grocer, Asda has also opened a new Asian street food KellyDeli concession. Second Market Kitchen concept Morrisons has opened its Market Kitchen concept at its Manchester Piccadilly Gardens store. Customers can choose from a range of...
17 August 2020
The vending machine is launched inside a gaming studio in a neighbourhood mall, Samyan Mitrtown, on 16 th August 2020. First and only self-service vending machine from Starbucks The machine provides classic drinks like Espresso, Americano, Latte and Caramel Macchiato in hot or cold versions. Non-coffee drinkers have the options for hot or iced chocolate. Shoppers can customize their drinks...