Waitrose & Partners news

01 November 2017
In its new annual Food and Drink report, Waitrose has highlighted how shoppers are more single minded and savvy than ever before, and set out its predictions for 2018 and beyond. The research is based on a poll of 2,000 shoppers (not just Waitrose customers) and is supported by insights from focus groups.   2017 trends: the consumer takes control 1. As and when - Two thirds of shoppe...
19 October 2017
Coming to our Food-to-Go Conference on November 7? Make the most of your time in London by visiting some of these locations, all selected for their proximity to the conference venue in St Paul's... 1. M&S to Go, the Coop and Leon, Ludgate Circus Ludgate Circus is one of the busiest spots in this part of town, and for that reason the corner sites located here have a prime opportunity to attr...
18 October 2017
Latest developments include extending the Cook Well recipe box service, a new role for fresh buying director Paul Walker and increasing its footprint in Dubai. Waitrose extends its 'Cook Well' recipe box service Following the success of Waitrose's 'Cook Well' recipe boxes launched earlier this year, the retailer has unveiled plans to extend the range. This will include 60 new dishes, the ch...
17 October 2017
The latest grocery retail market data release from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to October 8th, shows a slowdown in market growth to 3.1%. Inflation has held steady at 3.2% implying that volumes have dipped into negative territory at -0.1%. Moving beyond peak inflation? The lack of further upward movement in prices, follows a 0.1% drop in inflation last month, suggesting that price p...
21 September 2017
Spinneys Dubai has announced it is appointing a new CEO, Matthew Frost. He joins the business from Waitrose UK. We look at how this will impact the retailer in the future. Transition in the new year Frost will start the new position in January 2018. The current CEO, Jannie Holtzhausen will continue to chair the executive team at Spinneys Dubai, and take on a corporate role with the Albwardy...
14 September 2017
The John Lewis Partnership reported gross sales growth of 2.3% for both Waitrose and John Lewis in the first half of the year. Profit performance excluding property declined sharply at -17.2%, reflecting higher costs, as well the company's continued investment in delivering its long-term strategy.   Financial results in brief Amid challenging market conditions, the company delivered a solid...
24 August 2017
Waitrose has held a summer festival at its Leckford Estate in Hampshire in a novel brand building move. Featuring food, drinks, music and entertainment, the three day festival allowed Waitrose to showcase different aspects of its brand in a new and original way. Celebrity chefs on stage Cookery and barbecue demo stages offered a chance to see professional chefs in action including Antonio C...
09 August 2017
The UK’s food-to-go sector is set for significant further expansion, and will be worth £23.5bn by 2022, up from £17.4bn by the end of 2017, as shoppers’ preference for eating on the move continues to grow. A strong growth opportunity Each of our five food-to-go market segments is set for robust growth. We are forecasting particularly strong growth among specialist food-to-go retailers (e....
08 August 2017
From Waitrose's first Summer Festival to Sainsbury's sunset billboards, grocers are helping customers celebrate the best of the season and bringing their brands to life in-store and beyond. Waitrose launches first Summer Festival Waitrose is hosting its first Summer Festival at its Leckford Estate, a 4,000 acre estate originally owned by the John Lewis Partnership's founder. The event is...
13 July 2017
Waitrose has appointed its first ever director of food service, which aligns with its strategy to develop its food service and hospitality proposition. Who will take on the role? Simon Burdess, vice president of restaurant and bars at InterContinental Hotels, will take up the newly created role. He will join Waitrose in September and brings a wealth of experience having previously been comm...