COVID-19 latest news from around the world

26 February 2021
Walmart has expanded its shoppable interactive video hub, Walmart Cookshop, adding twenty-two new episodes, including celebrity collaborations. Builds on existing strategic partnership Walmart and eko initially formed a strategic partnership in 2018, to develop original, interactive content to help the retailer develop more frequent and deeper engagement with its customers. The technology e...
21 February 2021
From our global view of grocery retail we can clearly see the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the development of food-to-go in small stores. Once a hero category, reduced mobility and stay at home guidance have had a dramatic impact on category sales. In the UK we estimate this loss to be worth c£0.8bn in 2020 vs 2019 (–29%) . However, after an uncertain few months in Q2 2020 w...
15 February 2021
We look at the plans that PepsiCo has put in place this year to build on the pandemic-driven growth of 2020 through its ‘Faster, Stronger, Better framework. Faster: strengthening its focus on winning in the market and improving market share PepsiCo will prioritise the growth opportunities in its top 20 snack markets and selected beverage markets. Building on the almost doubling of ecommerce...
12 February 2021
We look at how the Kellogg Company plans to take the momentum of 2020 into 2021, building on the lessons learnt, and changes made, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 1. Increased consumer communication The pandemic provided the company with a “sampling event like none other,” gaining millions of new households. Last year it shifted much of its advertising and promotions budget into the se...
10 February 2021
Monthly data updates from 7-Eleven, Lawson and Ministop, focusing on sales, customer footfall and average customer spend in Japan.  Japan’s convenience channel shrinking All of the leading convenience retailers are seeing a decline in sales year-on-year (YoY). Since the pandemic, 7-Eleven has been the leader in terms of adapting and managing the impact. YoY sales fell the sharpest in April ...
05 February 2021
American football’s Super Bowl is one of the largest sporting events globally. With almost 200m viewers, the game is major event in both the sporting and social calendars of Americans. While one of the largest advertising opportunities for major brands, including theatrical in-store execution displays, this year retailers and suppliers are adjusting their approaches, reflecting key pandemic theme...
05 February 2021
Every year we track and log thousands on innovations that relate to the food and grocery industry, and at the end of each quarter I do a round-up of the best technology innovations that we have spotted.  In my quarter four round-up of 2020, I picked 25 technology-based case studies from around the world that caught my eye. In this article I focus on five of the 25 case studies that were of par...
04 February 2021
In closing a strong year with organic sales growth of 6.3% in 2020, Hershey outlined how it’s planning to deliver net sales growth of 2-4% in 2021, especially given the tough comparables it will face in the first half. 1. Go big to win the seasons From Easter onwards, Hershey optimised its capabilities, particularly in supply chain and retail execution to make strong share gains with season...
02 February 2021
With a consumer and foodservice portfolio focused on flavourings, McCormick has been well-positioned to capitalise on the pandemic-driven growth in home cooking. We look at why it expects this to persist, even when the pandemic ends. Pandemic-driven demand Global demand for flavour remains the foundation of its sales growth. The business plans to continue capitalising on the switch to eatin...
26 January 2021
As one of the key CPG suppliers impacted by the pandemic, Kimberly-Clark has outlined its outlook for the year ahead and the three key levers which will underpin growth as it cycles strong comparable sales from 2020. Net sales growth of 4-6% in 2021 Fourth quarter sales increased 5.5% to $4.8bn, contributing to a solid year for the company, with full year sales up 3.7% to $19.1bn. During th...
22 January 2021
With news of potentially problematic new virus strains and uncertainty over how and when restrictions will be lifted, food and drink businesses face an extremely challenging start to the year. The implications affect the whole supply chain from manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers and operators.  All links in the chain must work more closely than ever to ensure businesses survive the t...
22 January 2021
P&G reported a strong second quarter, reflecting pandemic-driven demand for its brands. Although there is a degree of uncertainty and volatility associated with its expectations for the second half, the business is confident that it will benefit from shifts driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales guidance raised despite second half uncertainty Second quarter sales increased by 8%, driven by ...
21 January 2021
Joint research by IGD and foodservice insight specialist, Peter Backman, reveals that spend by UK consumers on food and drink declined by 12% in 2020 vs 2019 .  Differences in mark-up, consumer behaviour and product mix account for the reduced size of the market. As lockdown restrictions caused UK consumers to eat more meals at home, spend shifted from foodservice to retail, reducing foodser...
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...
12 January 2021
Latest IGD research, conducted 8-10 January, shows that half of shoppers claimed to have stockpiled or bought extra recently due to COVID-19. This has increased from last week though is still lower than previous levels, particularly last April, when it reached 64%. Stockpiling is highest among 18-44s (62%) and those living in London and Northern Ireland (both 65%). In comparison, claimed st...
11 January 2021
Despite being an essential retailer, Poundland will once again be temporarily closing some of its stores as a result of the current lockdown. Reduced footfall leads to 'temporary hibernation' of 44 stores Poundland has put 44 stores into 'temporary hibernation', according to The Grocer. Stores closed on 8th January. Poundland has not given a date for when the stores will reopen, due to the ...
11 January 2021
As one of the first major suppliers to report results in 2021, we review Conagra Brands’ second quarter performance and why it’s so confident that demand for its products will remain elevated. Sales and profits ahead of expectations The second quarter performance, with net sales up 8.1% and adjusted operating profit up 21.7%, exceeded the company’s expectations. The pandemic continues to dr...
08 January 2021
Latest IGD research conducted 6-7 January has shown that 45% of shoppers claimed to have stockpiled or bought extra recently due to COVID-19. This has declined from 53% in research conducted 18-20 December. Stockpiling is highest among 18-34s (50%), ABs (56%) and those living in London (61%). In comparison, claimed stockpiling due to the UK leaving the EU is lower and stable at 21% (24% in ...
07 January 2021
As Covid infection rates rise, Asda has urged customers not to buy more than they need and offered reassurance on product availability and store safety. Online expansion Asda plans to increase online home delivery capacity from 850,000 to 900,000 slots per week by the start of April. This builds on a 90% increase in capacity since last March. The retailer is also doubling the size of its...
24 December 2020
We look at how several of the leading US retailers are supporting the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine. Walmart supporting healthcare workers in rural areas This month, Walmart has started to administer the Moderna vaccine to healthcare workers (Priority 1A) in New Mexico. Store locations have been selected to support its administration in more rural areas. Given the vital role its stores, ...