Analysis

  • Bill
    Opinion

    Steve Gotham: The murky world of promotions

    2019-08-23T07:12:00Z

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

  • Pizza Hut
    Opinion

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

    2019-08-21T07:54:00Z

    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
    Opinion

    Greene King: A bid out of the blue

    2019-08-21T07:51:00Z

    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.

  • GettyImages-breakfast
    Opinion

    Steve Gotham: Frequenting fall-out

    2019-08-19T06:35:00Z

    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.

  • pub beer
    Opinion

    AlixPartners: The bar remains open

    2019-08-15T06:58:00Z

    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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    Opinion

    Peter Martin: Manchester has a new plan

    2019-08-14T07:40:00Z

    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.

  • GettyImages-couple in restaurant
    Opinion

    Date night opportunity knocking?

    2019-08-13T07:46:00Z

    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.

  • Arcade - PWF - 0006-HDR
    Opinion

    Arcade Food Theatre

    2019-08-13T07:46:00Z

    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.

  • Young people eating and talking in a casual dining restaurant
    Opinion

    Reflections on value for money

    2019-08-08T07:21:00Z

    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.

  • Just Eat 2
    Opinion

    Dominic Walsh - Getting in on the act

    2019-08-06T07:21:00Z

    The proposed merger of Just Eat and Takeaway.com is the latest in a string on large-scale M&A activity, which on the face of it has been promoted by the demands of activist shareholders. But the real picture may be less clear cut, argues Dominic Walsh.