Food-to-go & eating out news

01 December 2022
Waitrose is expanding its partnership with the bakery chain Gail’s, by trialling a new Gail’s fixture in three of its stores.  Whilst Gail’s bread is available in many Waitrose stores across the UK, the range is limited.  The three trial stores are in Berkhamsted, Bloomsbury and Richmond. Providing differentiation for Waitrose As well as increasing the range, Waitrose will be highlighting t...
11 November 2022
Meal deals are a priority in food-to-go right now. In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, retailers and food-to-go operators are having to find creative ways to deliver value to their customers when they themselves are facing increasing costs. While customers are trying to save, food-to-go operators are looking for ways to encourage trade ups where possible to capture extra spend and offset ...
02 November 2022
Northern Ireland SPAR distributor, Hendersons has re-opened its extensively remodeled SPAR store at Mallusk in Country Antrim including the first ever drive-thru execution of its proprietary hot coffee brand Barista Bar. Located in a largely commercial zone, the new Mallusk store has a significant demand for food and drinks-to-go to meet the daily needs of the local working population and drive-t...
02 November 2022
Christmas is rapidly approaching and businesses in the eating out sector are already trying to get customers in the Christmas spirit by showcasing their festive menus and encouraging early bookings. Despite Covid restrictions being less of a concern this year, there is still high uncertainty caused by the cost of living crisis, with the industry already being impacted by lower consumer spend...
26 October 2022
Marks & Spencer continues to surprise and delight its shoppers with its new fresh food counters at its London Colney store. The counters launched this week and are already attracting lots of shopper attention and engagement. London Colney is one of Mark & Spencer’s renewal stores, showcasing the retailer’s latest thinking and providing convenience and inspiration for shoppers. Variety of cu...
24 October 2022
Tesco has put up the prices of its meal deal for the first time since 2012, as food price inflation reached 14.6% in September. In February 2022, Tesco made its £3 meal part of its Clubcard offering , meaning prices would rise to £3.50 for non-Clubcard holders, while those part of the loyalty scheme could still redeem the meal deal for £3. 70% of meal deal customers are Clubcard holders,...
17 October 2022
Sainsbury’s  ( in partnership with Boparan Restaurant Group ) is rolling out its “Dining Destination” concept with a recent opening in its Wolverhampton store. This is one of 30 stores that will be transformed over the next year. Source: IGD Research The 130-capacity Wolverhampton store has all the Restaurant Hub offerings – Ed’s Easy Diner, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Slim Chickens, ...
12 October 2022
Bewiched Coffee has opened its first franchised site and launched its first express format as part of its partnership with the Heart of England Co-operative Society. Source: IGD Research Bewiched was founded in 2010 in Northampton. The chain now has 15 sites in the Midlands and Cambridgeshire, including a drive-thru site which opened last year and is Europe’s first purpose-bui...
29 September 2022
Following a successful trial of its Restaurant Hub concept at the Selly Oak store last year, Sainsbury’s (in partnership with Boparan Restaurant Group) has kicked off the nationwide roll out with a second opening at its Sydenham store in South East London. A total of 30 stores will be transformed into these dining destinations over the next year, with aspirations to roll the concept out to 15...
12 September 2022
Nuro, a leading autonomous vehicle company, has formed a 10-year partnership with Uber Eats which will see its vehicles become an integral part of how the delivery company delivers food to consumers’ homes and other spaces. Launching in three US states Through this partnership, Uber Eats’ customers will be able to order meals and goods to be delivered by Nuro's purpose-built, self-driving v...