Food-to-go news

13 January 2021
During 2020, food-to-go retailers and specialists alike had to rethink every element of their food-to-go offering to adapt to the changes in consumer behaviour brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a period of intense innovation as businesses seek to develop propositions that can survive the short-term unpredictability of changing restrictions and win in the long term as th...
17 December 2020
Earlier this month, the world’s first solely electric forecourt opened in Braintree, UK .  The site is a prototype for up to 100 locations to be built by Gridserve across the UK over the next five years as part of a £1bn programme to help make electric vehicle (EV) driving an enjoyable, ultra-convenient and stress-free experience. Together with GRIDSERVE, the project has been funded by Hitac...
11 December 2020
As it looks to expand its reach into new markets, improve in-store efficiency and improve the look and feel of its store network in the Netherlands and US, we round up news from the retailer. Albert Heijn to partner for unstaffed concept rollout… Albert Heijn has partnered with Selecta Nederland, which will lead to Selecta's Foodie’s ‘micromarkets’ stocking Albert Heijn's fresh on-the-go ra...
09 December 2020
Since we released our UK food-to-go market forecasts for 2020-2022 * in September, developments have occurred in both the virus path and the economic impact of the pandemic: The UK entered a second round of national lockdowns Advances have been made in vaccine testing and rollout Brexit/EU talks continue But how do these changes affect the outlook for UK food-to-go?  Here’s ...
07 December 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most of our travel plans in 2020, there has been no shortage of new store concepts to see. In our new report, we highlight 50 new food retail and drugstore concepts that are set to inspire store developments in 2021 and beyond. Since the start of the pandemic we have seen a stronger focus on the use of technologies to support a contactless experience and t...
03 December 2020
Major UK and international forecourt retailer EG Group is launching the first phase of its new partnership with US sweet bakery brand Cinnabon.  On 4 December it will open the first of a number of central bakery sites in the UK, which will act as supply hubs for up to 50 Cinnabon units on EG sites across the country.  In the long term EG plans to grow this network to 150 units. Central bakerie...
27 November 2020
Located at the well-known Lau Pa Sat hawker centre in Singapore, Food Folks is the first locally-focused concept that blends retail and dining under a historical monument. Food Folks brings together FairPrice Group’s business philosophies of “Everything Food Made Easy”, “Customer First”, and “Better Value for All”. Source: IGD Research   All things loc...
17 November 2020
Last week McDonald's announced new strategic priorities which aim to balance the short term needs of customers whose daily lives are restricted by the pandemic, with the long term implications prolonged restrictions will have on future behaviour. The announcement of the ‘ Accelerating the Arches ’ strategy coincided with the release of its better-than-forecast Q3 2020 results showing like-for-...
17 November 2020
This week food-to-go specialist Pret A Manger will launch its latest diversified offer targeting evening meals at home. Dinners by Pret will be available from 30 Pret sites and will include new dishes such as focaccia pizzas, pigs in blankets, mac ’n’ cheese, hot rice bowls including curry and chili, and milkshakes. The meals will be delivered via Pret’s delivery partners UberEats, Deliveroo a...
17 November 2020
Reitangruppen, which operates the discount banner REMA 1000 in Norway and Denmark, as well as a variety of convenience banners in the Nordics and Baltics, is rebranding, restructuring and exploring listing on the stock market. We consider this and how a listing may help fuel the retailer's growth ambitions. Its REMA 1000 banner is the fastest growing discounter in Denmark, while it remains the ...