M&S has announced it has extended its convenience partnership with BP until 2030, aiming to build on the success of their 16-year collaboration.
The pair first teamed up in 2005 to introduce M&S Food stores at BP retail sites with M&S now in over 300 BP sites across Great Britain.
As part of the extension, the pair revealed it aims to invest in the look and feel of the stores, building on the M&S renewal programme, and its supply chain to maximise availability and reduce food waste.
We’re proud to continue to build on nearly two decades of our great partnership with M&S, one of the UK’s leading food retailers,” BP senior vice president for mobility and convenience, Europe and Southern Africa Alex Jensen said
“Of course, our sites provide advanced fuels, but our customers also want high-quality healthy food options, for now and for later. And they also want increasingly convenient ways to buy that fit in with their busy lifestyles. bp’s partnership with M&S Food has led the way in the UK and we aim to continue to innovate and grow to meet our customers’ needs.”
M&S chief operating officer and M&S food managing director Stuart Machin added: “M&S Food is famous for great quality food at fantastic value and over the past 16 years our partnership with bp has given many more customers the opportunity to enjoy our wide range of delicious sandwiches, meals and everyday staples in almost 300 locations across Great Britain.
The news comes as M&S announced its strongest Christmas in years with food sales jumping by 12.4% (compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019), making it the fastest growing store-based food retailer for the festive period.
The group’s strong growth in Q3 and over Christmas (the 13-week period to 1 January) – boosted by food sales, which “outperformed” the market – saw M&S generating its highest ever Christmas figures.