Waitrose & Partners news

02 February 2021
The GB market grew 12.2% in the 12 weeks to 24 January, according to latest results from Kantar. As restrictions once again increased, the online and convenience channels continued to benefit the most from changes in shopping habits. Increased restrictions drive up spend A combination of the festive season and the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions drove growth. With dining out no long...
05 January 2021
In the 12 weeks to 27 December 2020 the grocery market grew +11.4%, the fastest rate since August 2020, according to Kantar. Growth was driven by Christmas spending and changing shopping habits due to increased restrictions. Here we look at the results in more detail, including an overview of performance in the online and discount channels. Record four weeks of sales With the closure of ...
21 December 2020
The UK government has introduced new rules for Christmas, with tighter restrictions in some areas of the country. We explore these, and the implications for the grocery sector. What has changed? A new tier has been introduced for London and much of the south-east The whole of Wales has entered another lockdown Scotland will enter a new lockdown from 26 December Where are the n...
08 December 2020
A combination of shoppers planning earlier for Christmas, and a national lockdown in England, led to the grocery market's fastest rate of growth since August. The market grew 11.3% in the 12 weeks to 29 November, according to Kantar. We look at key retailers' sales growth, the latest online developments, and highlight format development from the Big Four in November.  Preparing for Christmas a...
01 December 2020
Waitrose and Deliveroo have announced the expansion of their delivery trial to 40 stores. At the same time, they have launched  a new Christmas campaign, ‘Donate a Plate’, on the Global Day of Giving. Expanding from 25 to 40 stores in total Waitrose’s trial with Deliveroo has been expanded given the rising customer demand, and will be available from 40 shops in the next week. More than 650 ...
17 November 2020
Tesco, Sainsbury's and Lidl are the latest to launch their Christmas adverts, taking light-hearted approaches to bringing seasonal cheer to shoppers. Tesco Tesco takes a fun approach with its Christmas advert this year. Acknowledging how we've all done something that earns us a place on the naughty list (even Santa), in a year like no other, everyone deserves a treat this festive season. A ...
12 November 2020
Following news of Sainsbury's counter closures , Waitrose has committed to the long-term future of its own food service counters in-store. Point of difference in-store and online Waitrose highlighted how keeping its counters open through COVID-19, as well as adding new lines since the spring, is a point of difference from competitors. The retailer remains committed to training speciali...
10 November 2020
Market growth in the 12 weeks to November 1st slowed slightly to 9.3%, from 9.4% in the previous reporting period, according to the latest Kantar results. We look at key retailers' sales growth and market share in more detail, including standout performances from Iceland, Lidl, Morrisons and Waitrose, who all grew above the market. Panic buying has not returned to levels seen before the first ...
05 November 2020
The Partnership announced plans to further simplify its structure, reducing the size of its head office operations by up to 1,500 by April 2021, helping save a further £50m towards its cost-saving target. CFO steps down At the same time, the business announced CFO Patrick Lewis will be leaving the business after 26 years' service. Lewis will be replaced by Bérangère Michel, currently execut...
22 October 2020
Waitrose launches its latest price cuts on everyday purchases. New lower prices offer "affordable quality" More than 200 everyday products are included in the campaign, with a strong emphasis on the essentials entry tier private label range, which Waitrose reports has experienced a double digit sales boost since lockdown. Only a handful of branded products are included in the activity. T...