Waitrose & Partners news

16 July 2013
The latest market from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 7 July 2013 indicates that the UK grocery market grew at 3.7% in the period, accelerating from the Jubilee affected comparatives seen in the June figures when growth was 3.0%.  The Kantar measure of inflation over the 12 weeks stood at 3.9%, indicating that volume growth remains notably constrained. 12 weeks to ...
15 July 2013
Waitrose has announced that it will launch an in-store restaurant concept following the success of its cafes. Family oriented dining The restaurant will be a relaxed family concept with items such as pizza, beef burgers and steaks offered, and will be waiter service. The menu will also provide an opportunity for Waitrose to showcase some of the products it sells in store and leveraging its re...
12 July 2013
Waitrose is trialling temperature controlled click & collect lockers at its head office as it looks to step up its online development. Staff trial The lockers are currently being trialled by staff at Waitrose head office in Bracknell, before finalising the rollout to stores next year. Shoppers who place an online order with Waitrose will be sent a text with a PIN for the lockers. The...
03 July 2013
Latest figures from data agency Nielsen indicates that in the the four week period to 22 June the UK grocery retail market grew by 2.3%, as against 2.8% in the previous period, ending 25 May.  Market volume sales were up just 0.1%, running up against the celebratory spending for the Diamond Jubilee seen in 2012. Seasonal produce performing well Amongst the key product categories, fresh produc...
26 June 2013
Waitrose has started to use a single, dedicated supplier to source all its frozen beef products. The retailer has also reported a surge in organic sales. New unit at Dovecote Park Dovecote Park, Waitrose's Yorkshire based fresh beef supplier, will take on the additional responsibility of supplying all the retailer's frozen beef, in addition to its fresh. It has opened a new unit that wi...
24 June 2013
Waitrose will be installing coffee machines in all stores following the recent success of trials in its convenience stores. Complementing existing food-to-go offer Waitrose is planning to complete the rollout to all stores by the end of August, including the 92 branches that already have cafes. A Waitrose spokeswoman said, "We know customers like the convenience of being able to get h...
24 June 2013
The first half of 2013 has seen some major changes to the makeup of retailers' senior teams. In this article we round up the most significant appointments. Asda : Major changes following McKenna's move to Walmart The year began with the announcement that Judith McKenna was to vacate her position as COO to take up a new role as executive vice president, strategy and international development...
20 June 2013
As the little Waitrose convenience format opens in a John Lewis department store for the first time, we've been in-store. Here are our initial thoughts. Impressive store, good sized and amply stocked Source: Waitrose at John Lewis The store is located on the second floor of the store, alongside the restaurant, but away from the main John Lewis trading ar...
20 June 2013
Waitrose has announced that Rupert Ellwood has been promoted to be its new head of marketing. Focus on campaigns, publications and events Ellwood is currently head of retail operations for Waitrose stores in the Southeast, having joined the retailer in 2010 from Wineworld, where he was managing director of London wine experience destination, Vinopolis. Ellwood replaces Sarah Fuller who left t...
18 June 2013
The latest UK grocery market share data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 9 June 2013, reveals a downturn in market growth from 3.9% to 3.0%, reflecting the challenging comparative of last year's Jubilee bank holiday. The Kantar measure of inflation indicates that prices rose by 3.9%, unchanged on the previous period and implying a drop in volumes. 12 weeks to 10 June 2...