Deliveries & takeaways double pre-COVID-19 levels in Feb 2022

Britain’s managed restaurant and pub groups’ delivery and takeaway sales continue to run at more than twice the level seen before COVID-19, the CGA & Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker reveals—but trading has dipped from the peaks of early 2021.

Sainsbury’s to transform eat-in and takeaway food offer with top brands

Sainsbury’s has announced plans to transform its eat-in, takeaway and home delivery food and drink offer. The move follows a successful trial of a new food hall format called ‘The Restaurant Hub’ at one of its key stores. In partnership with Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), ‘The Restaurant Hub’ offers eat-in, takeaway and home-delivered hot food and drink from various popular brands.

Morrisons Makes Salad Bars Greener by Introducing ‘Rentable Boxes’

As part of a new sustainability initiative, Morrisons has announced that it is introducing new ‘rentable’ boxes on its Salad Bar in key trial stores. It has also announced the removal of plastic cutlery from all its stores. The scheme known as ‘Refill a Box’ is the first of its kind to be trialled by a UK supermarket. The boxes will replace the supermarket’s current large salad boxes and are designed to be used 400 times.

Aldi’s checkout-free concept store opens for public testing

Aldi, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket, has opened its first checkout-free store in London. The Aldi ‘Shop&Go’ concept store in Greenwich opened for public testing, having been tested by Aldi colleagues in recent months. The new trial store allows customers to complete their shop without scanning a single product, or having to go through a checkout.

LIDL gives green light to leaf marque on UK fresh produce

Lidl GB has announced that it will see its entire British fresh produce supplier base achieving ‘LEAF Marque’ certification by the end of 2023. LEAF Marque is a leading global environmental assurance system, run by global farming organisation LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), recognising more sustainably-farmed products.

M&S helps customers to enjoy lower carbon diets

M&S is launching its Sparking Change National Challenge, inviting its customers to try a lower carbon diet. Available through its ‘Sparks’ loyalty reward scheme, participants will be supported with a range of resources designed to help them make delicious, and more sustainable meals from scratch. M&S will be providing ideas around incorporating more plant-based protein […]

Are grocery and foodservice still mutually exclusive?

Supermarket home delivery is something we’ve all become very accustomed to, and it’s easy to see why – determining the delivery date and time-slot for your weekly shop is the ideal convenience for fitting-in with our ever busy lifestyles. In addition to their convenience, these delivery services are also typically defined by their uniformity. That […]