Waitrose & Partners news

05 February 2020
Latest developments on health, in-store experience and two new appointments. Former Tesco development chef joins Waitrose & Partners Former executive chef for product development at Tesco, Martyn Lee, is set to join Waitrose & Partners. Lee will head up a team of development chefs at Waitrose's Food Innovation Studios. This state of the art facility opened in 2019, representing a £1.5m inve...
04 February 2020
The start to 2020 saw weak growth in the GB grocery market, with sales +0.3% in the 12 weeks to January 26th, according to Kantar. Once again shoppers committed to Dry January and Veganuary, boosting sales in some areas but not driving significant growth across the sector. We look at this in more detail and key retailers' performance during the period. Volumes continue to fall The slow mark...
30 January 2020
The new year has brought in a flurry of new retail appointments from Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and Crussh.  Key senior appointments Sainsbury's Mike Coupe is set to retire after six years in the role, to be replaced by Simon Roberts: read more about the news here  and a profile of Roberts here The John Lewis Partnership prepares for its Future Partnership structure...
21 January 2020
The John Lewis Partnership has named Rupert Thomas as the Director of Food & Grocery across both its Waitrose supermarkets and John Lewis department stores.  The new role has been created as part of the new 'Future Partnership' structure that aims to bring the two brands together in a single operation for the first time, and sees a single executive team replacing the existing separate ones as of ...
09 January 2020
Waitrose & Partners' gross sales declined -1.3% in the seven weeks to 4th January, reflecting store closures. However, the retailer achieved a 0.4% increase in like-for-like sales. Double digit online growth for Waitrose Online grocery was a high point for the retailer over Christmas, boosting sales by 16.7%. Online orders in the week up to Christmas Day were up 23.4%, as well as increased ...
16 December 2019
Morrisons is the last of the major UK retailers to launch its Christmas ad.  Iceland For Iceland's Christmas 2019 campaign 'The Magic of Frozen', the retailer has partnered with Disney's Frozen, ahead of the release of Frozen 2 at the end of November. The ad uses several characters from the Disney film, with each sharing their favourite part of Christmas. The retailer returns back to ...
10 December 2019
In the 12 weeks to 1st December growth halved from the previous 12 weeks to November 3rd, to 0.5%. Consumers on average made one fewer visit to the shops over the past three months than this time last year. Challenging environment persists Shoppers have been delaying spending in the lead up to the festive season, with a wet November and the uncertainty that comes with the looming election d...
26 November 2019
We look at the latest news from Waitrose as it announces it is exporting private label products to Jordan, sourcing 100% of its lamb from Britain and integrating John Lewis products into Waitrose stores. Growing the Waitrose brand outside the UK Waitrose is exporting to Jordan for the first time, through its partnership with Cozmo, the leading retailer in Jordan's capital Ammam. The retaile...
19 November 2019
John Lewis Partnership has launched an experimental customer centric shop featuring 'experience playgrounds' from both of its Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners brands. Experience playground to inspire customers From November 18th, John Lewis & Partners Southampton store will showcase a combination of services and experiences on every floor, demonstrated by a team of in-house exp...
12 November 2019
With increasing political uncertainty, and a very wet start to the autumn, growth in the 12 weeks to November 3rd slowed to 1%, a slight reduction compared to last month's 1.3%. We look at the range of performances amongst the leading retailers in more detail. Ocado continues to grow well ahead of the market Ocado retained its position as the fastest growing retailer, at 13.5%. It has now b...