EV Drivers Expect More from their Forecourt – Research from Fresh Food For Now
New research commissioned by Fresh Food For Now Company – the food-to-go operator owned by Samworth Brothers – has indicated how the rise of EV drivers will shape UK petrol/service stations in the future.
With increasing electric cars on the roads alongside petrol drivers, the ‘Future of the Forecourt’ report has highlighted two distinctly different interactions with forecourts between the two users, and in turn the opportunities these present to operators.
Where petrol drivers lean towards speedier, ‘in and out’ visits, the research shows EV drivers are more concerned about the facilities, drinks, and food on offer as they look to kill time on site as their vehicle charges.
The data showed +8% of EV drivers are more likely to choose a location if it offers quality hot drinks, while +7% would stop if there was a good range of food options throughout the day. This reflects further findings that 62% buy food to go from petrol/service stations monthly on an ‘all day grazing’ mission; everything from a snack to a quick breakfast, or light meal in place of a missed lunch. The report also showed all day grazers buy frequently and spend more, with a skew to younger and more affluent consumers, and pick up a wider variety of products than other missions, over indexing in savoury and sweet snacking, fruit, soup, and sushi.
Overall, the research gave 9 key areas of attention to make forecourts fit for the future; focusing on shopper motivations, missions, in-store experience and purchasing habits. The project outcomes have provided focusses for Fresh Food For Now to work collaboratively with their customers, driving future thinking not just in food-to-go but also at a total store context.
Anna Bond, Senior Customer Marketing Manager, Fresh Food For Now Company, said: “Our research has shown that, as electric vehicles become increasingly prevalent on the road (particularly with inner city regulations designed to curb carbon emissions), it is a crucial time for forecourt operators to evaluate their offering. More and more drivers will spend longer periods at their site and, as the research shows, will expect quality offerings & facilities to make it an enjoyable experience.
“Not only that, but as all-day grazing dominates shopper missions, catering to a variety of mealtimes and occasions is of utmost importance; forecourt operators should ensure they offer a wide variety of on-the-go food – from hot eats to chilled sandwiches, salads and of course snacks – to give consumers that choice and keep them coming back.
“Within the Fresh Food For Now Company portfolio, we have a range of tasty on-the-go solutions – including quality sandwiches from our Urban Eat brand, premium hot serve pasties from West Cornwall Pasty Co., chilled savoury pastries from no.1 brand Ginsters and small bites from snacking favourite Soreen – making it easier for forecourt retailers to purchase UK’s best-loved food-to-go brands all from one place.”
Fresh Food For Now Company provides the convenience, foodservice, travel, education sectors and more with food-to-go from the UK’s best love brands. Find out more at https://www.foodfornow.co.uk/
Part of the Samworth Brothers group, Fresh Food For Now Company is a dedicated team of food to go experts working hard every day to bring great tasting food to retailers across the UK. A nationwide company serving businesses everywhere, Fresh Food For Now Company has the size and scale to reach virtually any type of business whatever its location, from big city shops to rural communities and roadside service stations.