Hear from CEO Simon Roberts and the team at this virtual event online about the progress they are making to put food back at the heart of Sainsbury’s and how the brands that deliver are supporting the company’s ambitions in food.

Sainsbury's news

16 May 2022
The government has announced revised dates for some HFSS restrictions. What has changed? There have been two major changes to the timelines of implementing HFSS policies: Restrictions on volume price promotions e.g., BOGOF have been postponed by one year, until October 2023 The restrictions banning HFSS adverts on TV before 9 pm and paid-for adverts online will also be paused f...
12 May 2022
As the Co-op launches a new click and collect solution and retailers add or extend quick commerce partnerships, we round up news on the UK’s ecommerce channel. Co-op trials new click and collect solution Co-op has launched a new service at its store in Lewes Road in Brighton, due to it being one of the retailer’s busiest for click and collect orders through its own store and the Deliveroo a...
28 April 2022
Sainsbury’s has just revealed encouraging preliminary results but warned of the impact of external challenges on the business in the year. In this article, senior retail analyst Nick Gladding highlights five areas of focus for the new financial year. Results in brief Retail sales: +3.4%, ex fuel -2.6% Grocery sales: -0.2% y-o-y (+7.6% on 2019/20) General merchandise sales: -11.9% (...
26 April 2022
The latest release from the insight business Kantar, based on data from its 30,000-strong shopper panel, indicates that in the 12-weeks to 17 April 2022 grocery retail spend in Great Britain fell by 0.6% versus 2020. This is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that this comparative has been negative, showing once again the impact the first lockdown had on boosting the sector. Com...
29 March 2022
The GB market declined by 6.3% in the 12 weeks to March 20th against 2021’s elevated performance, according to the latest data from Kantar. This result is being driven by the eating out sector reclaiming some spend from retail and food-to-go sales also picking up as socialising and working patterns begin to normalise. Compared to March 2020 when the pandemic impact started, sales were ahead by ju...
02 March 2022
Sainsbury’s has announced it will be expanding its Restaurant Hub format to 30 more stores this year following the success of the concept at its Selly Oak store . While 30 are planned for this year, Sainsbury’s will accelerate the roll out of the format next year if it remains popular with customers. Sainsbury’s will also be extending its partnership with Starbucks, opening another 30 mo...
01 March 2022
Retailers are beginning to prepare for HFSS (high fat, salt, and sugar) regulations that are due to come into force this October, testing out new gondola ends, promotional mechanics and highlighting healthier products. We visited Sainsbury’s and Tesco to understand more about these trials, and other initiatives they are currently trying. We pick up five key learnings from these visits about fu...
01 March 2022
The GB market declined 3.7% in the 12 weeks to 20 February against 2021’s performance, according to the latest results from Kantar. Despite the decline seen against 2021, sales remain significantly higher than in 2020, up by 8.4%. Inflation continues to rise Grocery inflation reached 4.3% in February. Other than the start of the pandemic, this is the fastest rate of inflation growth seen ...
14 January 2022
Sainsbury’s has announced several changes to its senior team to accelerate the delivery of its Food First strategy. Graham Biggart appointed as Chief Transformation Officer Graham Biggart, currently Business Unit Director of Fresh Food and Food Service, has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Transformation Officer and will join Sainsbury’s Operating Board in March 2022. In his...
12 January 2022
Following the release of Sainsbury’s Christmas and Q3 results, we explore the key trends that shaped performance. Grocery sales hold on to 2020 gains Total grocery sales may only be up 0.1% on last year 1 (or 0.8% excluding the impact of stores being closed on Boxing Day), but this is on top of last year’s stellar 7.4% growth. It’s enough to have increased Sainsbury’s volume market share t...