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Supermarket News

Updated every 48 hours.

Sainsburys

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
08.00-22.00


07:30-08:00 NHS priority Monday-Saturday with ID. 08:00-09:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday priority shopping for elderly and disabled customers and carers.

Existing customers only.No
Sainsburys Latest News

Sainsbury’s has announced from this week in certain stores that customers can queue virtually via the Sainsbury’s app and wait in their car to be alerted when they can enter the shop. For customers that don’t have smartphones they are setting up another system to allow text messages to be sent to customers. The stores that will trialling this system will be Uxbridge, Pimlico, Dome Roundabout in Watford, Leicester North and Newham Royal Wharf.

The ‘Chop Chop’ service has now been rolled out to 50 stores across 20 cities around the country meaning over 3m families will be able to get groceries delivered directly to the door within the hour. For more information check here- https://www.about.sainsburys.co.uk/news/latest-news

Sainsbury’s is trialling a fast delivery service from it’s closed Blackfriars convenience store. The service called “Chop Chop’ allows customers within 3km of this store to order up to 20 grocery items to be delivered within the hour. Delivery is £4.99 with no minimum basket spend, to find out more visit https://chopchopapp.co.uk/

Enabling more delivery and click and collect slots and aim to have 600’000 slots by the end of the month.

Now offering Volunteer Shopping Cards enabling others to shop on the behalf of customers who can’t shop for themselves.To find out more, visit https://bit.ly/2yq1Sgq

Contacted 270,000 customers identified as elderly, disabled or vulnerable.

Donating £3 million over the next 12 weeks to Fareshare ( a national network of charitable food redistributors) to redistribute food to those most in need during Corona Virus.

Now selling the Big Issue in store and online to support the magazine and it’s vendors.

Tesco

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
Most stores are closing at 11pm but this does vary between stores.
09.00-10.:00 NHS priority Tuesday & Thursdays with ID. 09:00-10:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday priority shopping for elderly and disabled customers and carers.

Existing customers only.Yes
Tesco Latest News

As part of their 4Rs (Remove, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) plan, Tesco have teamed up with Loop in a ground-breaking trial to bring selected products to your door in reusable packaging, to help cut down on plastic waste. Click to find out more: https://tes.co/loop #EveryLittleHelps

Tesco have helped fund a free and confidential coronavirus support line, set up by the British Red Cross. Call 0808 196 3651 for advice, support and help in your local area.

Tesco have donated over 50 million meals of surplus food to charities and community groups, working in partnership with Fare Share to stop good food from going to waste.

Every day Tesco have been donating surplus food from their stores to local charities in partnership with Fare Share UK and they also top up the food customers donate to them and to The Trussell Trust by 20%. They’ve now boosted their donations by £15m.

Ahead of The Ultimate Climate Change Conference Tesco have joined over 200 companies urging the Government to set out a sustainable Covid 19 recovery plan which supports commitments to tackle climate change.

Tesco has re introduced white shelled eggs which went out of fashion in the 6o’s, after seeing a 30% increase in demand as everyone started baking in lockdown. This has enabled them to keep the shelves stocked but also support farmers that usually supplied the catering industry.

In conjunction with their partners Fareshare and The Trussell Trust Tesco are boosting their food donations by £15m so they can distribute more food to those who need it in the community.

To support the Artisan cheesemakers who are struggling due to restaurants and deli’s being closed, Tesco are offering a range of artisan cheeses to their customers.

Tesco have now reached 1 million delivery slots per week and in the next few weeks aim to reach 1.2 million.

They’ve been given a Government list of people considered to be vulnerable and are offering them priority access to delivery slots.

Over the weekend a new priority system was introduced to support care, NHS and emergency service workers to enable them to go straight to the front of the queue.

They’ve just announced there will be pop-up Tesco NHS Nightingale stores in Birmingham and London, open 24hrs a day to help frontline NHS Nightingale workers get the things they need when they need them.

Offering a £30 million food bank package over the next 3 months. 200 new vans, recruiting 2500 new drivers and 5000 pickers. Will have 1 million delivery slots this week approx 400’00 more than six weeks ago. 3 items per customer per product line. Hiring 20,000 temporary workers. Paying 10% bonus to all staff to thank them for the extra work

Asda

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
08:00-22:00

NHS staff priority shopping during browsing hour on Sunday plus 08:00-09:00 Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Now open extended hours check your local store for information
Existing customers only.Yes
Asda Latest News

Another addition to box range of foods is the new Fruit and Veg box for £18 including delivery. https://foodboxes.asda.com/food-boxes/the-fruit-and-veg-box

Asda’s cupboard filler box has now been reduced from £30 to £25 including delivery, containing on average 31 items.

Asda have announced that they’ve been crowned the UK’s lowest-priced supermarket by The Grocer for the 23rd year in a row

Asda is now stocking over 3.5 million disposable coverings as well as over one million reusable, washable fabric face coverings, following Government guidelines that public must wear face coverings on public transport. 

Asda is trialling a virtual queuing system where customers log in online and then wait in their cars to be notified when then can shop.This is being trialled in Leeds with a view to rolling it out across the country.

Just launched is what Asda has claimed as one of the largest food boxes available for vulnerable customers and with delivery within 2 days. Each box will contain 31 different products ‘store cupboard’ essentials as well as some snacks. Priced at £30 including delivery. Visit foodboxes.asda.com

Asda have announced this morning (4th May) that they have emailed 3’500 care homes registered with Asda to offer them a priority pass for online shopping. In addition to this they are donating 250’000 medical grade face masks to care home to keep the residents and staff safe.

Introduced ‘Scan & Go’ at 541 stores where you can use your own device to scan your shopping,

Visit https://www.asda.com/about/instore/scan-and-go

In recent weeks Asda have increased their online shopping capacity from 450’00 slots to 700’000 slots per week.

Donating £5m to charities. Staff paid extra pay worth an additional week’s pay in June as a bonus. A Volunteer shopping card is now available to purchase for people wishing to shop for the vulnerable and elderly.

Morrison’s

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
Mon-Sat 07:00-23:00
Sunday
9.30-16.00


06:00-07:00 NHS Priority Monday to Saturday and 09:00-09.30 on Sunday (07:00-08.00 in Scotland) on production of an NHS badge.

Please check your local store for opening times as they do vary from store to store.
Yes, but queuing system in placeNo
Morrison’s Latest News

Morrisons are now offering 50% off their entire cafe menu including an extension to the ‘Kids eat free’ offer.

Morrisons have added another food box to their range, the Italian Holiday at Home Food Box. Order your box now for £20 + £5 delivery and receive it from 29th.https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/box/Italian-Holiday-at-Home-Box

The Morrisons Foundation has donated £10,000 to national homelessness charity, Crisis, to support its ‘Home for All’ campaign’ which aims to build on the progress made during the pandemic towards ending homelessness across the country. https://morrisonsfoundation.com/latest-news/

Morrisons have added another meal box to their range ‘5 meals to feed a family of 4’ box priced at £30 with all the ingredients you need for the week for your family meals. http://morrisons.com/food-boxes/

It’s #BeesNeeds Week, coordinated by @DefraNature to raise awareness of bees and their needs. All Morrisons egg producers group now have a bee friendly plot, that’s over 90 acres of bee-friendly British countryside!

Morrisons has in just 12 weeks has donated more than £560,000 to nearly 100 homelessness charities in communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

A new box added to the Morrisons range is the British Food Box which features new season lamb and is full of British produce. £1 from the sale of each box will be donated to British Farming Charities via the Prince’s Countryside Fund too. £45- more details here: http://bit.ly/BritishFoodBox

Just launched is a new box to their range ‘The Lean Meat Box, the 6kg box will feature 11 packs of meat – that’s 50 portions of chicken, beef, pork, turkey and bacon – all at under 5% fat. £45 including delivery. https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/box/Lean-Meat-Box

Morrisons has now launched a hot food take-away service from it’s cafes in 402 of it’s stores.

Now two more new boxes added to the Food Box range are the “Big night in” box full of goodies you may have been missing through lockdown. Also the Lean Meat Box with 50 portions of lean meats and reduced fat options.a healthier lifestyle. Available for £45 including delivery. Find out more here: http://morrisons.com/food-boxes/

If you need a present for Fathers Day you can celebrate from home with the new Father’s Day Food Box. Order your box online for £25 including delivery, The boxes will be delivered on 19th June – http://morrisons.com/food-boxes/

A new box added to the Morrisons range is the Beer Box containing a selection of beers from the independent Saltaire Brewery.Find out more here: http://morrisons.com/food-boxes/

No more queuing in the rain at Morrisons, they’re handing out umbrellas to anyone waiting outside while it’s raining!

Morrison are extending their 10% NHS discount until the end of September. If you sign up to their More for our NHS Club, you’ll also receive discounts, freebies and treats. Click here to find out more http://my.morrisons.com/more/#/nhs

Morrisons have just added two new boxes to their range, the “Street Food Menu Box’ and the”Takeaway Favourites’ Box both priced at £30 https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/

Just launched is their ‘Food to Order’ service you can order from a range including picnic platters, continental meat platters to enjoy at home and platters designed just for children. What an easy way to have a picnic in the garden! https://my.morrisons.com/foodtoorder/

Morrisons are continuing their offer to NHS workers of a 10% discount until 12th July.

Next day doorstep delivery is now available for elderly, vulnerable and shielding customers. morrisons.com/doorstep-deliveries

Another addition to Morrison food box range is the Vegan Essentials Box priced at £35. https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/box/Vegan-Essentials-Box

More groceries have been added to the Deliveroo service offered by Morrisons for delivery in as little as 30 minutes.

Morrisons have added another box to their range the Fruit & Veg Box priced at £22 http://morrisons.com/food-boxes/boxes…

Just launched is their NHS Club which offers discounts and benefits including free flowers for all NHS workers. Click here to sign up https://my.morrisons.com/more/#/nhs

Morrisons have introduced a ‘Speedy Shopping’ lane for customers only filling baskets, to help cut down the queueing times in store.

They have introduced a British Food Box, £45 full of British produce including meat, dairy and vegetables. To help support British Farmers for every box sold £1 will be donated to British Farming Charities via The Princes Countryside Fund. www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/boxes

From tomorrow morning 11th May, Morrisons are cutting the price of fuel for all key workers and anyone making essential journeys.

Morrisons are also offering 10% off shopping for NHS staff until 12th July, sign up online here my.morrisons.com/more/#/nhs

An update to the Deliveroo service Morrisons are offering is an addition of alcohol to this service from this weekend. Shoppers will be asked for ID on delivery.

Morrisons are re-opening their BBQ and steaks bars alongside their fresh fish counters this week (4th May)

The latest addition to their food box range is The Best Meat Box £55 including free delivery for more information visit morrisons.com/food-boxes/boxes

Also available is a Gluten Free box for £35 and a BBQ Food box for £35.

Morrisons have launched a same day Deliveroo home delivery service from 130 of their stores with more to follow.

They’ve now set up a 10% NHS discount system and are also going to NHS car parks twice a day with Morrisons food boxes to enable key workers to get food quickly and easily at the end of shifts.

To add to their range of boxes and Assorted Fish Box, is now available which contains 18 portions of fish for £35 including delivery. Visit morrisons.com/food-boxes/box/Fresh-Fish-Box…

Morrisons have announced they’re re-opening the fresh meat counters with a 5% discount to farmer suppliers off their shop.

They have just launched Market Kitchen Meal Maker Meal Boxes, each box contains eight main meals, four different dishes for £30 inc delivery. Visit www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/

Also available is there Ramadan boxes which are £35 inc delivery. Visit http://morrisons.com/food-boxes

Donating £10m worth of stock to food banks. Lifting some purchasing restrictions to encourage more customer donations. Producing essential boxes for home delivery to vulnerable individuals.

Lidl

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
08:00-20:00
10.00-16.00
NHS, Police and fire workers have priority access round the clock.


.
NoNo
Lidl Latest News

Donating thousands of fresh fruit and vegetable bags to NHS staff.

Lidl has announced it will be launching a loyalty scheme via an app which gives regular shoppers personalised discounts based on their shopping habits. The scheme is due to launch on September 3rd.

Aldi

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
Mon-Fri
08:00-22:00
Sunday
10.00-16.00

NHS, Police and fire workers have priority access round the clock, plus 30 minutes prior to opening on Sunday




NoNo
Aldi Latest News

Aldi have announced they, with 20 other retailers are committed to achieving Net Zero. Together with The British Retail Consortium they are developing a ground-breaking climate action plan to decarbonise ahead of 2050.

Aldi are to introduce a new traffic light system to alert customers

Aldi have just introduced Aldi Vouchers a cashless way to shop by buying vouchers online for yourself or a friend. The voucher is then sent for you to spend like money in store. https://vouchers.aldi.co.uk

Now offering Food Parcels filled with 22 food items and household products for £24.99 delivered to your door. https://www.aldi.co.uk/food-parcels

10% bonus to staff. Easing limits on numbers of products, except nappies, pasta, beans, tomatoes, bread and alcohol (4pp still). Reduced payment terms, to include immediate payment for all suppliers with a turnover of less than £1m.

Booths

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
08:00-20:00




Priority shopping hours for NHS, police, fire services, army personnel, social care workers, teachers and Booths colleagues Mon-Sat 07:00-08:00 & 20:00-21:00 & 09:00-10:00 Sunday. Elderly and vulnerable customers 09.30-11.00 Monday- Friday


Yes and community delivery service for vulnerable customers within a 3 mile radiusYes on store discretion
Booths Latest News

Now offering delivery from Deliveroo from their Media City store in Manchester in as little as 30 minutes. Minimum order value of £15. https://www.booths.co.uk/deliveroo/

Trialling at 4 of their stores is a lunchtime ‘call and collect’ service for people wanting to order their lunch in advance to be collected.https://www.booths.co.uk/call-collect-menus

Booths were pleased to recently donate to £10,000 to Cumbria Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Fund, which hopes to raise £3 million to help vulnerable people in Cumbria

Booths have now introduced a Click & Collect service for essential groceries in addition to their range of specialities.

Customers can now pay over the phone when someone is shopping on their behalf.

All staff given a £50 gift voucher and a personal letter of thanks from Edwin Booth last week.

Waitrose

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
8-5 in most branches





NHS staff will have priority checkout use, and can use the café for essentials set aside for them. All other vulnerable customers will be able to shop in the first hour of the day with priority.
Existing customers onlyNo
Waitrose Latest News

New this week Waitrose is selling new mixed-weight packs of eggs– each box a dozen eggs including small, medium and large ones – to make better use of every egg produced in its supply chain while supporting farmers and avoiding waste.

Waitrose are continuing to support those most in need through their partnership with https://fareshare.org.uk/ To date they’ve donated three million meals to help fight hunger and food waste

Waitrose are pleased to announce that to reduce carbon emissions from their fleet of lorries they will be building a new biomethane gas filling station. Their heavy goods trucks will run on food waste instead of diesel to reduce CO2 emissions by 80%.

Now launched is a ‘Rapid’ delivery service, with delivery of up to 25 items including wine and beer delivered within 2 hours, £10 minimum basket spend. Check here for delivery to you area : https://rapid.waitrose.com/

Waitrose have introduced a “Lunch for today” bag £5 for adults and £3 for kids, they contain all you need for a quick and easy grab and go lunch.

They have launched an e-gift card for the vulnerable, elderly or people self isolating, this can be bought online at johnlewisgiftcard.com an emailed to a friend or family member who is doing the shop for them.

In-store cafés converted into pop-up shops stocking essential products to help NHS staff shop more quickly.Dedicated NHS checkouts. Limit to three of each item. Launched a £1m Community Support Fund to provide direct aid for local communities, with branches deciding on where to spend the money locally. Additional local delivery services for vulnerable people isolated in their homes.

M&S Food

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
Variable – advise to check locally


NHS staff will have priority shopping on Tuesdays and Fridays and vulnerable customers on Mondays and Thursdays


NoNo
M&S Food Latest News

Yesterday Marks and Spencers joined forces with The Duchess of Cambridge and 18 other British brands to collectively donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide.

Marks & Spencer stores in England and Northern Ireland are open again today with special measures in place to adhere to Government guidelines regarding social distancing.

New additions to the box range are the ‘Traditional Meals’ Box £40, which includes bangers and mash alongside other family favourites. Also available is the ‘Big night In’ Indian takeaway box £35.

M & S have also launched a range of food boxes, including a Wheat Free box, Meat Box, Seasonal Fruit Box, Mixed Vegetable Box, and a Select Mixed Vegetable Box, www.marksandspencer.com/l/gifts/food-boxes

Announced today (4th May) M&S have partnered with Deliveroo to give customers access to essential groceries.This service is available at selected stores and in over a 100 BP stores. www.marksandspencer.com/c/food-to-order/not-just-any-food/food-news/deliveroo

They have launched a ‘We’re all in this together’ E-Gift Card for the elderly, vulnerable or people self isolating. https://www.marksandspencer.com/all-in-this-together/p/p60282075

Launched boxes full of essentials for vulnerable customers. Contactless home delivery available.

Co-Op

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
Mostly 07:00-20:00

Priority shopping for NHS and vulnerable from 08:00-09:00 Mon-Sat and 10:00-11.00 Sun

YesNo
Co-Op Latest News

Co-op have with customer support given 5 million meals to those going hungry over the past few months.

Co-op are pledging £950’000 into helping communities around the world battle Corona virus repurposing £310,000 to support Fair Trade producers through the coronavirus emergency. £647,000 will be donated to clean water and sanitation projects and help tackle the spread and impact of COVID-19. 

Will donate £1.5m to food banks and £4.5m to local causes within the next two weeks.

The Co-op have given 5 million meals to those who need them. Buy from their picnic range and they’ll donate 20p to the National Emergencies Trust.

Iceland

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
09:00-18:00


Opening branches from 08:00 for elderley customers and last hour of trade dedicated to NHS workers

YesNo
Iceland Latest News

Iceland have reported that frozen food purchases grew 30% during lockdown.

Iceland have announced they are accepting school meal vouchers to support the nation’s school children

Visit the Edenred portal and select them as your retailer to receive your digital vouchers. www.edenred.co.uk

Iceland are showing their continued support for the Humboldt penguins they adopted at Chester Zoo , they’re donating all cash profits from our Mcvities Penguin Bar sales next week to Chester Zoo.

Iceland are now offering a 20% discount on their shop to NHS workers between 1st-7th June inclusive as a thank you. ID will be required at the checkout.

Now offering free next day delivery for any food order over £35.

Early to launch the priority shopping for vulnerable customers

Ocado

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
N/AWorking to identify vulnerable customers and there is a form to fill in to request support onlineExisting customers onlyNo
Ocado Latest News

Ocado have more organic lines than any other supermarket according to The Soil Association – plus they are introducing 220 organic M&S options from September 1st.

Ocado have announced that the generosity of everyone who’s donated to their ‘You Give We Give’ scheme since the beginning of March has enabled The Felix Project to deliver nearly 3.4 million meals (and counting) to vulnerable Londoners during lockdown.

On 1st September Ocado are introducing 1,000s of Marks & Spencer products to their range of own-label and big brand products.

Following official advice from the World Health Organisation, they’ve temporarily stopped collecting bags for the safety of our drivers and customers.

Ocado shoppers in West London can now shop using Ocado Zoom to get shopping delivered in under an hour. https://zoom.ocado.com/

If you paid for a Smart Pass in March but were unable to get a delivery slot Ocado are offering a refund. http://ocado.com/smartpassrefund

Giving all frontline workers 10% bonus. Purchased 100,000 testing kits.

Budgens

Opening Times:NHS/Vulnerable Hours:Online shopping:Click & Collect:
Very variable

No official policy that we can see – very regional.

NoNo
Budgens Latest News

Blasted for upping the price of loo roll in some branches!

General foodie news

It’s been reported that there’s expected to be an upturn in the usage of food delivery, takeaways and recipe boxes in the coming week as lockdown measures are eased.

Previously paying more for food to be made for you , or using a recipe box was largely consumed as a ‘treat’. However now these options offer a break from the routine and with more operators re-opening for delivery, there is now a greater choice available than a few weeks ago.

Lidl says it has been forced to source fresh eggs from the Netherlands in a bid to keep up with soaring demand. Egg sales are up 20% since the start of the coronavirus crisis, leading to wide spread shortages. Uk supermarkets have largely stocked Uk sourced eggs since the salmonella outbreak in 1988 and led to the creation of British Lion accreditation scheme and an effective ban on imported eggs by major retailers. However a shortage of supply due to the avian flu outbreak earlier in the year, coupled with the increase in demand has led to Lidl looking for new supply routes.

Good news in Uk households is that as a nation we have become better at preventing food waste which is down by a third across staple foods such as bread, potatoes, chicken and milk. Households have been reporting that various measures have helped including better meal planning, better fridge management, higher levels of freezing and more creative usage of leftovers.

It’s been reported that the online grocery market has doubled as the pandemic encouraged people to shop online for their food shop. Online food sales now account for 13 per cent of the entire British grocery market, up from 7 per cent last year, with shoppers spending £1.2 billion in the four weeks to May 16, according to figures by Nielsen.


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