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    Jamie Rollo on pubs under the new Government


    UK pubs have been relatively resilient over the past few years, with industry LfL sales running up around 1%. 

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    Goodbody on Coffer Peach and 2020; Peel Hunt on Just Eat


    Goodbody says the UK restaurant sector is still facing the dual headwinds of chronic oversupply and cost inflation, while Peel Hunt say Prosus’ latest offer for Just Eat ”significantly increases deal certainty”. 

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    2019 – a year of rising input prices for food and drink


    Prestige Purchasing’s chairman David Read looks back on an expensive year for operators, and discusses the outlook for food and drink costs in 2020.

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    Focus on: French casual dining chains


    For a country associated with such a long established and fine cuisine tradition, it might be considered a little surprising that French food does not have a stronger restaurant chain presence in the UK, but perhaps the two elements of individual flair and multi-site brand consistency are indeed, polemically opposed.

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    Spend up at dinner despite visit challenge for pubs


    Average spend at pubs during the dinner occasion has seen a strong increase, despite the challenge for operators to grow share of visits at this day-part, according to MCA’s latest Pub Brand Monitor.

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    Wet-led pubs best placed to capitalise on demand for experiences


    Wet-led pubs are best placed to capitalise on the demand for experiences as the growth in online delivery and competition from home entertainment means consumers are looking for more on a night out, according to leisure analysts Peel Hunt.

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    Running the halls


    Lower rents for operators, more choice for customers – food halls are being heralded as a win-win model for the eating out sector, writes Tony Naylor.

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    Hedge funds’ involvement a ‘statement of support’ for Pizza Express


    The latest development in Pizza Express’s debt dilemma sees big name credit funds enter the frame.

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    Goodbody on Whitbread


    Following the announcement of Whitbread’s H1 results, Rachel Fox, equity analyst at Goodbody gives her verdict. 

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    Peel Hunt on Marston’s


    Dealing with the debt and a difficult dining market

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    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.

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    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.

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    Analysts’ verdict: Peel Hunt and Liberum on Loungers


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

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    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.