Waitrose & Partners news

19 April 2018
As Waitrose announces plans to introduce 100 healthy eating specialists to shop floors across the UK, we review Waitrose's health initiatives in 2018 so far. Five health initiatives from Waitrose in 2018 so far 1. In-store healthy eating specialists: One hundred Waitrose colleagues will be trained to support shoppers seeking assistance on making healthier choices. The initiative launches ...
12 April 2018
Iceland is to become the first major UK supermarket to take out palm oil from its private label products as Waitrose announces commitment to removing disposable coffee cups from its stores. Iceland: removing palm oil from 130 food lines Iceland has promised to stop using palm oil as an ingredient in all of its own-brand food by the end of 2018, warning that it drives the destruction of rain...
08 March 2018
The retailer anticipates "no let up in competitive intensity" in the year ahead, as it reports solid sales, and declining profits in its full year results. Headlines: Solid sales, pressure on profit Waitrose announced sales growth of 1.8% to £6.8bn, and like for like growth of 0.9% in its full year results to 27th January 2018. Operating profit (before exceptional items) fell sharply by ...
06 February 2018
From new in-store initiatives to changes in its loyalty programme, we round up the latest news. 1. "Pick Your Own Offers" to end Waitrose will stop offering "pick your own offers" to members of the MyWaitrose loyalty scheme at the end of February, it has confirmed in communication to customers.  When the initiative was introduced three years ago it helped forge a new and different identi...
11 January 2018
Waitrose updates on Christmas performance, begins a trial of in-store nutritionists, launches new health labelling, and becomes the first UK grocer to introduce a minimum age for highly caffeinated energy drinks.... Good Christmas results reflect strong brands, service, and focus on value Waitrose sales grew 1.4%, with like-for-likes up 1.5% in the six weeks to 30 December 2017. Online perf...
11 January 2018
With vegan dishes tipped as a top food trend for 2018 and more people than ever reported to have signed up to “Veganuary”, what new dishes are food-to-go retailers offering consumers to take advantage of this growing market? Waitrose’s new Good Health range includes two new vegan sandwiches - Vegan Mean Greens Sandwich (crushed peas and edamame with cucumber, spinach and mint on dark...
09 January 2018
New market data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to December 31st, suggests that the grocery sector enjoyed significant sales growth over the festive period. Sales rose by 3.8%, considerably faster than the 3.1% in the previous 12 week period.   Inflation drives £1bn sales increase Sales for the festive period were £1bn higher than 2016 as higher inflation obliged customers to sp...
04 December 2017
Iceland, Co-op and Poundland are the last to release their Christmas adverts. Asda Asda became the first of the major UK food retailers to launch a Christmas advertisement. In a set that resembles Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, Asda has reproduced the magical feel of Christmas whilst upholding a clear focus on tradition and food. The messaging should help build on Asda's recent work to...
30 November 2017
John Lewis & Waitrose invest in the "AirBnB for the kitchen table" and an addressing system aiming to put an end to failed deliveries, as a result of JLAB 2017, its retail tech accelerator programme. Innovating in hospitality and fulfilment The John Lewis Partnership announced £100k investments in two start-ups: WeFiFo connects home chefs, supper club hosts and professional chefs with ...
21 November 2017
Ahead of Black Friday, Waitrose has introduced improvements for customers collecting John Lewis orders in-store. Speeding up in-store collection Customers are now able to register their order number via iPad at the service desk, helping speed up their collection. This option is available in 140 Waitrose locations where iPads are already in place. Another time-saving change is the inclusi...