Jamie Oliver

Knight: ‘We have got a fight on our hands’

21 Feb 2018

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive Jon Knight has admitted the group has “got a fight on its hands” and hinted that franchising in non-high street locations would be a key part of its turnaround plan.

Cafe Rouge exterior

Café Rouge to launch Stack & Grill delivery brand

21 Feb 2018

Café Rouge is to launch a new delivery brand called Stack & Grill as it looks to get its ”slice of the delivery market”.

Dark Star

Fuller’s acquires Dark Star

20 Feb 2018

Fuller’s is set to enhance its craft beer credentials after acquiring West Sussex-based Dark Star Brewing for an undisclosed sum, MCA has learnt.


Vapiano announces three London openings

20 Feb 2018

Vapiano is to double its London estate with three new openings in 2018, MCA understands.

Jamie's Italian interior

Jamie Oliver’s restaurants saw 28% business rates hike

19 Feb 2018

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has seen business rates rise 28% across its estate in the last year, according to analysis by Colliers.

eating sandwiches

Top of Mind poll shows resilience across sector

16 Feb 2018

MCA’s Top of Mind survey – based on interviews with leading figures across the eating and drinking-out sector – has shown a further decline in confidence about the trading environment, with only 25% feeling positive.


Focus on: south east Asian dining concepts

15 Feb 2018 | By Georgi Gyton

Following the announcement that Leon is to open a Thai-inspired ‘fast food’ pop-up within one of its West End stores, in April, MCA took a look at how the market for south east Asian cuisine is performing and what’s expected in 2018

UK food-to-go market data and insight

Food To Go market faces bump in the road

13 Feb 2018

Growth in the Food To Go (FTG) market is showing signs of subsiding but recovery will be aided by the rise of healthier products, more affordable sustainability and tech-led convenience, the latest MCA data shows.

Gordon Ramsay

Diary: Gordon Ramsay Group; Bompas & Parr, Market Halls and Santo Remedio

23 Feb 2018

Diary returns with all the latest scurrilous rumours and gossip, including the possibility of some clarity over senior changes at Gordon Ramsay Group; news of a high-profile chef eyeing up the UK as well as couple of twits.

Frizzenti eyes London Fizz! bar taproom

23 Feb 2018

Frizzenti, the drinks supplier and bar operator, is looking to open a tap-room style site in a railway arch in London, MCA has learnt.

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Top of Mind Report 2018

16 Feb 2018

Business leaders in the UK eating & drinking out industry share their views on the current and future state of the sector

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