COVID-19 latest news from around the world

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, ...
23 December 2020
The UK Government has announced that millions more people in East and South-East England will be brought into Tier 4 restrictions as it struggles to bring the pandemic under control. The expansion of the “stay at home” zone follows alarm at the fast spread of the new variant of the virus. Tier 4 extended From December 26 th  four million more people living in counties adjoining the existi...
22 December 2020
The US Congress has agreed a new $900bn stimulus package as further lockdown mandates are implemented. $900bn package The US Congress has agreed a $900bn coronavirus relief package following nine months of negotiations. This builds on the two trillion dollar CARES Act which was passed in March. The agreement includes direct payments of $600 to most adults and $600 per child. Almost $300bn w...
15 December 2020
Metcash has reported H1 results for the period ending 31 October 2020 with sales revenue up 12.3% to AU$8,094m including charge-through sales and growth in sales volume across all pillars. Food sales up 9.5% to AU$4,795.9m Strong growth was achieved despite the loss of supply agreements to Drakes in South Australia in September 2019 and 7-Eleven in August 2020. Excluding these impacts, sale...
10 December 2020
With the Campbell Soup Company off to a strong start in the first quarter, we look at the factors which provide it with the confidence that it can sustain its performance going forward. 1. Consumers continue to prepare and eat more meals at home With net sales up 7% and EBIT up 45%, the company continues to benefit from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Growth was strong across meals an...
09 December 2020
Since we released our UK food-to-go market forecasts for 2020-2022 * in September, developments have occurred in both the virus path and the economic impact of the pandemic: The UK entered a second round of national lockdowns Advances have been made in vaccine testing and rollout Brexit/EU talks continue But how do these changes affect the outlook for UK food-to-go?  Here’s ...
26 November 2020
(Last updated 26/11/2020) As Western European countries are facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, several governments are implementing stricter restrictions including second national lockdowns. Here is an update of the latest announcements across the region Germany Latest ( update 26/11/2020) : Lockdown to be extended until at lest 20 December, with non-essential busines...
24 November 2020
Following a solid second quarter performance, The J.M. Smucker Company has raised its guidance for the full year, anticipating many of the new consumer behaviours which have underpinned the business, will be sustained beyond the pandemic. Improvements in key metrics In raising its sales outlook, the retailer pointed to the elevated demand which drove a 9% increase in its coffee segment and ...
23 November 2020
Watch this video to hear the latest on what the UK’s exit from the EU could mean for the food and consumer goods industry. This video will cover: Politics and government Business readiness for EU Exit Economic position Shopper sentiment
20 November 2020
Carrefour has launched a new initiative to support local producers in France, as part of its ‘Zero kilometer’ commitment. Agreement to focus on ‘ultra-local alliances’ Carrefour is aiming to support local producers and meet shoppers’ growing demand for goods produced as close as possible to their homes. The ‘zero kilometer’ commitment will see the retailer form ultra-local alliances by enab...
17 November 2020
Last week McDonald's announced new strategic priorities which aim to balance the short term needs of customers whose daily lives are restricted by the pandemic, with the long term implications prolonged restrictions will have on future behaviour. The announcement of the ‘ Accelerating the Arches ’ strategy coincided with the release of its better-than-forecast Q3 2020 results showing like-for-...
17 November 2020
This week food-to-go specialist Pret A Manger will launch its latest diversified offer targeting evening meals at home. Dinners by Pret will be available from 30 Pret sites and will include new dishes such as focaccia pizzas, pigs in blankets, mac ’n’ cheese, hot rice bowls including curry and chili, and milkshakes. The meals will be delivered via Pret’s delivery partners UberEats, Deliveroo a...
16 November 2020
With over 1m new cases reported in the US over the past six days, several retailers are reactivating their COVID-19 playbooks with capacity and product limits. Precautionary measures The US continues to experience a rapid growth in COVID-19 cases, with many states reporting their highest new case levels since the start of the pandemic. Although there have not been any signs of a repeat in t...
10 November 2020
Monthly data updates from the three largest convenience chains in the world, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, focusing on sales, customer footfall and average customer spend in Japan.  FamilyMart post positive monthly all store sales, but only due to new stores For October, FamilyMart posted positive monthly all store sales for the first time this fiscal year. However, this was due to the r...
10 November 2020
Consum has revealed, as part of a collaboration with the Claridae platform, that online sales have increased by 67% compared to in-store purchases. Meanwhile, Eroski has reflected on how it has been impacted by COVID-19 and how it will use this insight in future. Separately, El Corte Ingles has announced its sales decreased by 41% in H1 2020, while, Ahorramás has revealed a positive forecast a...
10 November 2020
As the second lockdown in France begins to affect small and medium sized producers and retailers in the country, grocery retailers in France have announced plans to support these companies. Retailers to support fresh and local products… Local trade publication LSA has reported that all large-scale grocery retailers in the country have signed up to supporting and highlighting fresh agricultu...
09 November 2020
Jerónimo Martins posted a resilient performance during the third quarter as it announced its results. The retailer said its third quarter saw some return to a new normality, which it underpinned with strict cost control. Biedronka continued to perform well in Poland, showing its flexibility since the beginning of COVID-19.  Sales performance Jerónimo Martins’s consolidated sales, in Q3 2020...
09 November 2020
Following the announcement of a second national lockdown in England, there continue to be reports of significantly increased sales particularly for household paper, tins and packaged goods, and personal care products. The supply chain remains resilient with no significant shortages. Demand for online delivery slots is also reported to be very strong. Latest IGD research conducted over the we...