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Unmanned Emo forecourt extends offer with Chopstix outlet

Emo’s first unmanned Emo Express fuel forecourt in the Island of Ireland, which opened at Belfast International Airport last month, has added a Chopstix Noodle Bar to its food offer.

product news: Delamere Dairies unveils Nutty Drinks

Delamere Dairies is launching Nutty Drinks, a range of nut-based drinks with added fruit and vegetables that offer customers ‘on the go’ refreshment that’s delicious and healthy.

product news: Coldpress launches juice with "zing"

Coldpress juices is about to launch its latest low calorie fruit and veg mix, which aims to complement customers’ snacks.

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Applegreen opens its 10th Chopstix restaurant

Applegreen officially opened its 10th Chopstix quickservice restaurant on Monday August 14.

product news: Wall's introduces breakfast rolls

Wall’s, the heritage sausage brand owned by Kerry Foods, is investing in the hot food-to-go category with the launch of two new “heat to eat” breakfast rolls.

Denby Drinks launches Ciao Coffee Serving Stations

Denby Drinks Company has launched its Ciao Coffee Serving Stations into the convenience sector.

product news: Quaker Oats introduces Quaker to Go range

Quaker Oats is expanding its offering with a range of Porridge To Go Breakfast Squares and Fruit & Oat Squeeze pouches.

product news: Batchelors launches Pasta ‘n’ Sauce range in pots

Premier Foods is launching its Batchelors Pasta ‘n’ Sauce range in convenient pots.

Country Choice adds new training modules

New training modules designed to test the knowledge of staff working in an in-store bakery or foodservice operation have been added to the Country Choice website to help customers to make the most of sales opportunities.

At the ready

Own-brand may be king in the overall ready meals market and chilled meals may generally outsell frozen ones, but there's one frozen food brand that's really bucking these trends and that's Kent-based Cook. Sales director Chris Portwood explains: "Cook overall has been in double-digit growth every year since we set the business up and, on average, our stores and concessions are delivering plus four per cent in like-for-like sales.

Moving on up

If you're of a certain age, you may remember your mum telling you that it was wrong to be seen eating out on the street. How times have changed! Eating on the move and buying food-to-go is commonplace and we're doing it more and more. Indeed IGD estimates that the food-to-go market will leap from the current £16.1bn to be worth £21.7bn by 2021. It adds that 'convenience, forecourts and other retailers' will see growth from £2.5bn in 2016 to £3.3bn in 2021.

Good to go

It can be hard to keep up with changes in the food-to-go category as they keep coming thick and fast. But when you look at the data you can see why. According to Him!'s latest research, food-to-go drives 890 million shopping trips to convenience stores every year and contributes £3.9bn to the sector. Him! conducted 1,180 face-to-face food-to-go shopper interviews at Tesco Express, Sainsbury's Local, The Co-op, Spar, Budgens, Nisa, Costa, Greggs, Pret and Burger King during last summer. It found that supermarket c-stores were 'winning' with regard to quality of sandwiches and meal deal offers, while symbol stores were considered comparable with supermarket c-stores in terms of in-store bakery and food-to-go prices, but stronger in service.

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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.5363.90127.17119.00
East Midlands120.03127.76118.80
London120.3757.90128.81118.85
North East119.80129.71118.46
North West120.19127.87118.63
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South East120.7259.90129.39119.48
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Wales120.0459.90126.47118.61
West Midlands120.0865.90128.12118.84
Yorkshire & Humber119.73127.02118.57

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