Food-to-go news

17 November 2020
Last week McDonald's announced new strategic priorities which aim to balance the short term needs of customers whose daily lives are restricted by the pandemic, with the long term implications prolonged restrictions will have on future behaviour. The announcement of the ‘ Accelerating the Arches ’ strategy coincided with the release of its better-than-forecast Q3 2020 results showing like-for-...
17 November 2020
This week food-to-go specialist Pret A Manger will launch its latest diversified offer targeting evening meals at home. Dinners by Pret will be available from 30 Pret sites and will include new dishes such as focaccia pizzas, pigs in blankets, mac ’n’ cheese, hot rice bowls including curry and chili, and milkshakes. The meals will be delivered via Pret’s delivery partners UberEats, Deliveroo a...
17 November 2020
Reitangruppen, which operates the discount banner REMA 1000 in Norway and Denmark, as well as a variety of convenience banners in the Nordics and Baltics, is rebranding, restructuring and exploring listing on the stock market. We consider this and how a listing may help fuel the retailer's growth ambitions. Its REMA 1000 banner is the fastest growing discounter in Denmark, while it remains the ...
17 November 2020
Morrisons has opened a third Market Kitchen fresh food takeaway concept at its Edgbaston supermarket in Birmingham. The launch follows the opening of Morrisons first standalone Market Kitchen store in Manchester in August. Market Kitchen is a unique concept providing shoppers with all day access to fresh and healthy chef- prepared takeaway meals. Staffed by a dedicated team recruited from food...
09 November 2020
Last week England began its second national lockdown and this time food-to-go operators’ responses are very different to the first lockdown in March. Staying open for business During the first lockdown all the major food-to-go operators closed their doors to protect staff and customers, despite government guidelines permitting takeaway and delivery. Reopening started gradually around ...
06 November 2020
California-based Save Mart is partnering with a leading local chef in a take-over of its in-store restaurant at its flagship store. Restaurant take over The store in Modesto is partnering with John Surla, who leads one of the city’s leading restaurants, Surla’s. Save Mart opened a new flagship store in the city last year, The test will see John Surla take over The Tipping Point fast-casual ...
05 November 2020
Major UK SPAR distributor, AF Blakemore has announced significant new initiatives to upweight the food-to-go capability of its company-owned and independent partner stores; enhancing core cold ranges and launching two new hot concepts to increase daypart relevance. Daily Deli range overhauled Blakemore’s core pre-packaged food-to-go brand, Daily Deli has been comprehensively overhauled with...
02 November 2020
Following a strategic investment in the company in 2017, Nestlé USA has acquired Freshly, a subscription-based meal delivery service. Removing the barriers to healthy eating Freshly is a weekly subscription service which delivers fresh, chef-cooked meals that can be heated and served in three minutes, directly to customers’ doors. Central to the company’s ethos is a focus on removing barrie...
21 October 2020
We highlight recent developments from Belgium, where retailers are pivoting their food-to-go and online offers to meet shopper needs. 1. Delhaize discontinues Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept Delhaize has discontinued the Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept, which it originally launched in Brussels in 2018. At the time, the retailer saw the potential for 200 of these sites. Delhaize now pla...
19 October 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely reduce footfall in city centres, London-centric food-to-go operators announce more store closures and redundancies. Pret closing six more London stores UK food-to-go specialist Pret has announced that it will be making a further 400 staff redundant and closing six more London stores as the impact of the coronavirus continues to take its toll on...