• Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

    DoCaSA acquires Small Batch Coffee


    The Department for Coffee and Social Affairs (DoCaSA) has taken over Small Batch Coffee, the Brighton-based Luke Johnson backed group, MCA understands.

  • Bear Coffee Co

    BEAR eyes rollout with Jack Wills


    BEAR, the East Midlands based coffee shop operator, has confirmed its partnership with Jack Wills, as flagged up by MCA earlier this month, and said the format could be rolled out across the UK and worldwide.

  • 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.

  • Coffee beans

    The Gentlemen Baristas line up three London sites


    The Gentlemen Baristas has lined up three new sites in central London for its coffee shop and business, MCA has learnt.

  • 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 ...