Food to Go News

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    Leon considers CVA


    Healthy fast-food concept Leon has become the latest chain to consider a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in a bid to cut its rent bill. The business appointed consultancy firm Quantuma in June to advise it on seeking new rent terms, but is now said to be drawing up CVA proposals as a result of pressures caused by the second national lockdown. According to Sky News, plans are at an early stage and the implications for store closures and jobs are yet to be disclosed.

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    Pret launches debut TikTok campaign


    Pret has launched its first marketing campaign with TikTok for the festive season.

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    McDonald’s cooks up McPlant burger


    McDonald’s is to launch its own meat-free burger the McPlant and launch its own plant-based products.

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    Greggs to stay open in lockdown


    Greggs has confirmed all of its stores will remain open through the second lockdown.

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    Friska completes CVA, closes Manchester sites


    Healthy eating food to go brand Friska has completed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), with the closure of its three sites in Manchester. Co-founder Ed Brown told MCA it was “very much a covid-19 related CVA”, and said there were “no winners” from the process, which has seen redundancies ...

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    GDK owner launches salad concept Choppaluna


    German Doner Kebab owner Hero Brands has launched salad-focused fast casual concept Choppaluna in Bloomsbury.

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    Burger King: ‘Order from McDonald’s’


    Burger King was won plaudits online after urging customers to order from its arch-rival McDonald’s.

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    CrepeAffaire launches Crepe & Roll


    CrepeAffaire has created a smaller footprint sister brand, Crepe & Roll, designed for delivery and franchise expansion.

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    McDonald’s backs Rashford with 1m meal pledge


    McDonald’s has joined Marcus Rashford’s campaign and is offering a million free meals for UK families over the October half term, the company announced on Friday.

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    Virus outbreak halts production for Greggs


    Greggs has said a “small number” of staff at its factory near Newcastle have tested positive for coronavirus with production temporarily shut down.

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    Costa warns 1,650 jobs at risk


    Costa has warned up to 1,650 jobs could be at risk of redundancy due to “high levels of uncertainty” as to when trade will return to pre-coronavirus levels.

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    Greggs Leeds distribution centre closes after coronavirus outbreak


    Greggs has confirmed a coronavirus outbreak at its Yorkshire distribution depot.

  • Roger Whiteside, chief executive, Greggs

    Greggs reveals “ambitious” plans but warns of job losses


    Greggs plans to have returned to full service by September, and plans to launch a “very ambitious national rollout plan” for click and collect and delivery by the end of September - but has also warned of job losses. In a message to staff, CEO Roger Whiteside said its manufacturing capabilities were also returning to normal. It will also be featured in the Just Eat ad campaign at the end of this week, with coverage increasing throughout September. Whiteside also addressed the issue of job security and warned of potential job losses once the furlough scheme comes to an end.

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    Chiktopia relaunches after liquidation


    Chiktopia, the American chicken concept from Abokado founder Mark Lilley, has relaunched as a dark kitchen, after the original business went into liquidation earlier this year, MCA has learnt.

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    Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside: Digital channels “a necessity” in post-coronavirus world


    Accelerating development plans for its digital channels will be a priority for Greggs as it looks to evolve for a post-coronavirus trading environment, CEO Roger Whiteside has said.

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    Gousto to add 1000 jobs amid sales surge


    Food box business Gousto is to create a thousand new jobs after doubling sales since the start of the year.

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    Tossed to appoint administrators


    Tossed and Vital Ingredient operator Zest Food has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, having already told its workforce they would all be made redundant.

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    Greggs to reopen 800 stores


    Greggs plans to reopen 800 shops for takeaway only on 18 June. All stores will have the by now familiar safety measures, like floor markings to maintain social distancing, protective screens, PPE for staff, a reduced menu, additional cleaning and cash will not be accepted. The business said it had been making a “variety of proposals in return for rent reductions” to landlords and that “all landlords have been informed of our plan to move to monthly rent payments from June. We made our full quarterly rent payment in March as usual.”

  • Roger Whiteside, chief executive, Greggs

    Greggs reveals 800 openings


    Greggs has announced plans to open 800 more stores by 18 June.

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    Sector sees next wave of reopenings


    McDonald’s, Greggs and Pret have all announced substantial reopenings this week as they continue to pursue a phased recovery of their large-scale estates. In casual dining, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Tonkotso and Thaikun have opened further sites.