Food-to-go news

07 April 2020
To help local restaurants during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, H-E-B is stocking a selection of local products in its stores. Popular local meals H-E-B already stocked selected restaurant branded products, however this pilot is the first time it is bringing ready made meals into its stores. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the retailer is working closely with local restaurants to...
06 April 2020
Only 10 days since we reported that the majority of the UK’s restaurant and food-to-go chains were closing all operations, some have now re-opened their kitchens to launch new services.   Although the logistics are complex, there are benefits to remaining operational in some way: Offering services that support key workers and the vulnerable can boost staff morale, build ties with the loc...
01 April 2020
A round-up of the latest developments from UK food-to-go and out-of-home operators this week. Switching channels A national initiative to enable pubs to trade as food shops offering essential items such as bread, eggs and milk has been set up. mypubshop.com is a partnership between Brakes, Coca-Cola European Partners and Use Your Local, and is powered by ecommerce trading platform ...
26 March 2020
The past week has been a time of unprecedented change for the UK’s foodservice operators as the government announced tighter social distancing guidelines that meant dine-in spaces had to close.  Takeaway and delivery are still allowed but the processes involved in providing these services raise concerns for the wellbeing of staff and customers. At the same time, however, the government also la...
23 March 2020
The situation for the UK foodservice industry has progressed rapidly since Friday when the government asked all pubs, restaurants, theatres and gyms to close.   Food-to-go store closures Over the weekend many of the country’s leading food-to-go operators, including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Costa, Pret and Nando’s  have closed stores – for takeaway, delivery and drive thru as well as dine-in. ...
19 March 2020
As government advice and consumer reaction to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in the UK changes rapidly, food-to-go operators are adapting. Here are the latest responses to the situation from the leading companies: McDonald's  From 5am today (19th March) all restaurants will close seating areas and temporarily move to being takeaway, Drive Thru and McDelivery only Toilets and h...
19 March 2020
We review Couche-Tard’s third quarter performance and the range of growth initiatives which underpinned its strong set of results. Key numbers Total merchandise and service revenues up 2.6% to $4.3bn Same-store sales up 4.2% in Canada, 3.0% in the US and 2.1% in Europe Operating income up 4.0% to $868.5m Net earnings up 7.8% to $659.9m Optimising the Circle K brand This ...
18 March 2020
The UK government has granted permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Planning rules relaxed Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the outbreak to serve people having to stay at home.   The new planning measures will be introduced as soon as possible and will a...
18 March 2020
Restaurant and food-to-go operators in many countries around the world are having to adapt to new advice about social distancing in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here is a summary of the latest actions some of these operators are taking: Focussing on delivery In China, the delivery sector has reportedly quadrupled its turnover in the last two months, according to a rep...
17 March 2020
Carrefour has launched a shop-in-shop concept for secondhand products. Meanwhile, Carrefour Poland has expanded its store numbers in 2020, while also launching an unstaffed store. Carrefour France launches new shop-in-shop format Carrefour has partnered with Cash Converters to launch a new shop-in-shop format, Carrefour Occasion. The format will enable shoppers to buy and sell secondhand it...