• I'll Have What Shes Having

    Sweet success


    Tapping into consumer demand for value, indulgence and Instagram-friendly menus, dessert bars appear to have found a sweet spot in the market. Georgi Gyton takes a look at the growth of this area of the eating-out sector, much of which has been under the radar

  • jamaica blue

    Jamaica Blue to open concession in Next


    Jamaica Blue is to open a concession site within clothing store Next, and hints there could be more to come, it has been reported.

  • News

    Greggs’ vegan sausage roll drives New Year sales lift


    Greggs has said the publicity around its vegan sausage roll launch helped drive like-for-like sales (lfls) growth of 9.6% in its company-owned stores in the seven weeks to 16 February.

  • News

    Baker & Spice sold to DoCASA


    Patisserie Holdings has sold four Baker & Spice outlets to the Department of Coffee & Social Affairs (DoCASA) for £2.5m.

  • Opinion

    Playing the long game


    Yesterday, it was revealed that EAT has appointed advisory firm Spayne Lindsay to review its options. On the back of this, James Wallin speaks to chief executive Andrew Walker about the turnaround of the business, its international ambitions and why any sale process is 12 to 18 months away.

  • Greggs exterior

    Greggs’ vegan sausage rollout


    Greggs is rolling out the availability of its vegan sausage roll across its estate, capitalising on huge PR success it has generated.

  • EAT

    EAT sees sales uplift from focus on food and service


    EAT chief executive Andrew Walker has updated MCA on the progress of the brand’s turnaround programme. He said of the three core pillars of the refresh programme – service, food quality and ambience – the first two had now been overhauled, while rolling out a fresh look across the ...

  • Hi Coffee

    Hi Coffee to launch franchised operation


    Hi Coffee, the Wales-based grab and go concept, is launching a franchising business to fast-track its expansion, MCA has learnt.

  • Coffee#1

    ​A welcome success story for the coffee and cake market


    Last week, Caffé Nero acquired a significant stake in Coffee#1, the premium coffee shop operator , from SA Brain. Fraser Anderson, of Sapient Corporate Finance – the sole financial adviser to SA Brain on the transaction – discusses the background to the deal and what it means for the wider market.

  • Battersea Power Station

    Megan’s lines up fifth London café


    Megan’s, the London-based café and deli, has lined up a fifth site, in Battersea, MCA understands.