• Marstons

    Peel Hunt on Marston’s


    Dealing with the debt and a difficult dining market

  • TGI Friday's

    Brandwatch: TGI Friday’s


    It’s not immune to the struggles in the casual dining market but TGI Friday’s has ploughed on with a steady programme of openings. So what is the the journey of the brand in the UK, how it is performing against the wider market and what does it have planned for the future?

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    Fish and chip supper anyone?


    Call me old-fashioned and a tad unadventurous if you will, but I am rather quite partial to the long-established delights of fish and chips. A moist and slightly sweet tasting cod fillet in light but crunchy batter, with some nicely seasoned thick-cut chips, minty mushy peas and chunky tartare sauce – delightful! One of the things about go-to products though, is that they become something of a KVI – a Known Value Item. 

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    ‘TRG now has a future’


    The legacy of Andy McCue’s truncated time as chief executive of The Restaurant Group is, as well all know, the £559m acquisition of Wagamama. When the deal squeaked through last year, there was widespread scepticism over the longevity of its stellar like-for-like sales growth.

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    Mixed wag: TRG leisure estate continues to drag


    Former HBOS boss Andy Hornby might have hoped for a smooth introduction to the sector yesterday after joining The Restaurant Group as CEO in August.

  • Harvester

    M&B – Much ado about branding


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham analyses data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel to pinpoint potential areas for improvement for some of Mitchells & Butlers’ key brands.

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    Is grocery retail disruption of foodservice fake news?


    The news that Sainsbury’s is the first UK supermarket to offer customers hot takeaways via Deliveroo struck me as further indication of the perseverance of the supermarkets to claim more of the foodservice pound.

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    Shelley Sandzer on food halls: The new face of casual dining


    Leo Feldman, partner at leisure property agents Shelley Sandzer believes the revival of the food hall concept is a benefit for operators, consumers and landlords.

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    BDO: Whose round is it next?


    As M&A activity continues at a pace in the pub sector, BDO’s M&A director Tom Barnard and M&A manager Hugh Ripley look at the common themes being seen across the pub market and who might be on the receiving end of a bid next.

  • Loungers

    Analysts’ verdict: Peel Hunt and Liberum on Loungers


    Analysts’ verdict: Peel Hunt and Liberum give their view on Loungers’ full year trading figures.

  • Greene King

    Growth potential for Greene King pub brands


    In light of the recent bid for Greene King by CK Asset Holdings, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham assesses what MCA’s Eating Out Panel data has to say about the performance of its four core brands.

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    Steve Gotham: The murky world of promotions


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham analyses consumer use of promotional deals and suggests they may not as damaging as first thought. 

  • Pizza Hut

    Steve Gotham: New tricks at old dog Pizza Hut Restaurants?


    Using key consumer insights from MCA’s Eating Out Panel, to what extent are UK customers feeling and acknowledging the love for Pizza Hut Restaurants?

  • Greene King

    Greene King: A bid out of the blue


    The dust had barely settled in the pub sector following the news that Stonegate had reached an agreement to buy Ei Group for £1.27bn, when another bombshell hit in the form of an outside investor looking to snap up Greene King.

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    Steve Gotham: Frequenting fall-out


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham breaks down the data on eating out occasions to see what the real picture is when it comes to falling frequency.

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    AlixPartners: The bar remains open


    While it has certainly become more challenging to secure investment in parts of the restaurant market, the past 12 months has seen continued M&A and investment activity across the pub and bar space. The breadth of this activity highlights the current strength of this part of the sector, and this trend does not look like slowing anytime soon, argues AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith.

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    Peter Martin: Manchester has a new plan


    Taking inspiration from other parts of the world, as well as the UK, the city’s imaginative new blueprint for further developing its late-night economy could serve as a model for others, says MCA consulting editor Peter Martin.

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    Date night opportunity knocking?


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham analyses consumer eating out missions and deduces that there are opportunities for operators to do more when it comes to couples looking to spend money on a night out.

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    Arcade Food Theatre


    There are plenty of theatres in the West End of London, but there’s never been one quite like Arcade. Located on the ground floor of the Centre Point building, next to Tottenham Court Road Tube station, it’s a playhouse, of sorts, where the drama is designed to unfurl behind the counters of the Theatre’s seven open-plan kitchens.

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    Reflections on value for money


    Traditionally, the concept of value for money was relatively straightforward, involving the trade-off between price and quality, but it’s not what it used to be, says MCA market insight director Steve Gotham.