Punch is reviewing its Falcon Retail Programme

Heineken reveals plans for Punch pubs

14 Feb 2017

Heineken is to review “a number” of initiatives operating across the Punch estate – including its Falcon retail contract programme – as it seeks to “keep the best of both worlds in the newly expanded estate”, MCA has learnt.

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Toridoll acquires £7m stake in Shoryu Ramen

13 Feb 2017

Toridoll Holdings Corporation has acquired a 40% stake in Shoryu Ramen for £7m

Heineken to buy Brasil Kirin

13 Feb 2017

Heineken has reached an agreement to buy Brasil Kirin Holdings from Asahi for £565m.

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Punch shareholders back Heineken/Patron bid

10 Feb 2017

Punch shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the Patron/Heineken bid to acquire the company in a deal valuing the UK’s second biggest pub company at £1.8bn.

Patron acquires 28% of Punch ahead of takeover vote

06 Feb 2017

Patron Capital has acquired 28.5% of the ordinary shares in Punch ahead of this week’s vote on its joint bid with Heineken to acquire the pubco.

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Kout confirms Little Chef sale to Euro Garages

03 Feb 2017

Kout Food Group has confirmed the sale of its Little Chef portfolio to Euro Garages.


Tesco/Booker deal ‘good for eating out sector’

27 Jan 2017

The Tesco/Booker merger could have positive long-term impacts on the eating and drinking out sector, a leading analyst has predicted.

​Hands to acquire McDonald’s Nordic operations

27 Jan 2017

McDonald’s has announced it has agreed to sell its Nordic operation to Guy Hands

Tesco and Booker agree merger

27 Jan 2017

Tesco and Booker have announced they have agreed terms on a merger to create the “UK’s leading food business”.

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Meyer invests in coffee business

24 Jan 2017

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group has announced an undisclosed investment in New York-based Joe Coffee

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Fox starts to leave prints on Bill’s

22 Feb 2017

It is less than a year into his stewardship of the Richard Caring-backed group and Mark Fox has been busy putting in place the foundations to make sure the company can return to the expansion trail in better shape than it left it, while also getting ready to take a bite out of the grab-and-go market

Polarised politics, value signalling and the new rules of branding

21 Feb 2017

The current political and social environment has created a totally new context for brand values and ethics to operate in, argues Paul Flatters of the Trajectory Partnership

Taking a single customer view

14 Feb 2017

Adopting omnichannel can help you serve up a better customer experience, argues Sharon Manikon, managing director of Customer Solutions at Barclaycard

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Recipe for engagement

13 Feb 2017

New research shows that 94% of UK consumers are willing to join a loyalty scheme but also highlights the challenge that they have never been harder to please. James Wallin examines what the data has to say about the secret of winning consumer loyalty to your programme.

Serving up a fair deal

06 Feb 2017

The introduction of a new tax, the Apprenticeship Levy, from April 2017 seems set to ensure that staff costs remain high on the F&B agenda for a while at least, says Stephanie Wilson, partner, Human Capital - Employment Tax at BDO

Branded Mexican/South American cuisine analysis 2016

Down Mexico way

27 Jan 2017 | By Mel Flaherty

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to get all and sundry dusting off the crystal ball to predict the ‘next big thing’. It does not seem very long ago that Mexican food was being touted by the annual soothsayers as the category to watch in the UK. How time flies



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