Food-to-go news

21 October 2020
We highlight recent developments from Belgium, where retailers are pivoting their food-to-go and online offers to meet shopper needs. 1. Delhaize discontinues Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept Delhaize has discontinued the Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept, which it originally launched in Brussels in 2018. At the time, the retailer saw the potential for 200 of these sites. Delhaize now pla...
19 October 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely reduce footfall in city centres, London-centric food-to-go operators announce more store closures and redundancies. Pret closing six more London stores UK food-to-go specialist Pret has announced that it will be making a further 400 staff redundant and closing six more London stores as the impact of the coronavirus continues to take its toll on...
13 October 2020
Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee shop chain, is boosting its UK expansion plans saying it wants to open an outlet in “every major city and town” in the UK in the next two years. 2,000 new jobs could be created by 2022.  The announcement follows the release of results which show a 37% increase in year-on-year sales in UK and Ireland. UK & Ireland chief commercial officer for UK and Ireland, Kev...
13 October 2020
Tesco Malaysia has enabled e-wallet payments across all food courts. It is operating 56 food courts out of 62 stores nationwaide. COVID-19 accelerated adoption of ecommerce in Malaysia Tesco Malaysia cited a Mastercard Impact Studies published in June this year showing that Malaysia's e-wallet penetration of 40 per cent is highest in Southeast Asia. E-wallet is also the preferred payment op...
12 October 2020
US-based Kroger has launched two ‘ghost’ kitchens at stores in Indianapolis and Columbus in partnership with ClusterTruck, a technology start-up that operates delivery-only restaurants. Tech-driven solution to meal delivery ClusterTruck is a software platform that powers profitable, vertically integrated delivery-only kitchens. Founded in 2015, the company operates kitchens in Indianapolis,...
06 October 2020
Costa Express, the leading UK coffee vending operation, has launched mobile-enabled ordering across its national network of 8,400 machines, allowing customers to avoid needing to touch the machines when placing an order.  To date ordering has been by touchscreen, regarded by some as a potential coronavirus infection risk. Capability integrated into Costa Coffee Club app The remote ordering ...
29 September 2020
UK food-to-go specialist Greggs has reported that in September company-managed shop like-for-like sales improved to 76.1% of 2019 levels, compared to an average of 71.2% since reopening the full estate on 2 July. These results demonstrate a recovery of sales in line with Greggs' planning assumptions.  Greggs has a total of 2,039 shops (1,720 company-managed and 319 franchised).  Its store open...
22 September 2020
2020 is a year like no other for UK food-to-go.  Previously the hero of the food and drink market, the sector has experienced unprecedented challenges in 2020 which will continue to impact it for years to come. In our new UK food-to-go market report 2020 , produced with the help of colleagues from across the industry, we predict that the sector will decline by 43% this year and only retur...
18 September 2020
The retailer has opened the flagship store, made of six overlapping shipping contains, in Shanghai on 9 th September. Continuing long history of sustainability and commitment to recycling The store is located at Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Science Innovation Park, which was formerly home to warehouses and container storage yards. The cargo containers have now been converted into office spaces...
04 September 2020
Pret a Manger will offer a new coffee subscription service where customers can buy up to five coffees a day for £20 per month.  The new scheme aims to tempt back customers as the chain struggles to regain sales in its core city centre locations, which are still relatively deserted as many office workers continue to work from home. New digital strategy Pret will launch its YourPret Barista m...