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  • Marcel Khan
    Opinion

    A Novel Idea: No. 9 A better game

    2019-12-06T08:18:00Z

    Every month, Marcel Khan, chief executive of Thunderbird Fried Chicken, reads a book (so you don’t have to) and applies insight into the sector based on what he’s learned between the covers and beyond. This month: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek.

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    Opinion

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

    2019-12-05T08:22:00Z

    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.

  • Internal Desco Lounge, Solihull
    Opinion

    Analysts’ verdict: Liberum and Peel Hunt on Loungers

    2019-12-05T08:21:00Z

    Both Liberum and Peel Hunt have upwardly revised their full year estimates for Loungers, following the AIM-listed business’ positive interim statement yesterday (4 December).

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    Opinion

    Focus on: French casual dining chains

    2019-12-04T08:25:00Z

    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.

  • MC salting
    Opinion

    Analysts’ verdict: Berenberg on Mitchells & Butlers

    2019-11-28T08:14:00Z

    Mitchells & Butlers shares are due a “pause for breath” believes analyst Berenberg.

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    Opinion

    Chestnut Group: Passion project

    2019-11-27T08:36:00Z

    By tapping into the East Anglian opportunity, Chestnut Group founder Philip Turner has managed to double the size of his business in the past year. He talks to Georgi Gyton about his passion for the region and the next stage of Chestnut’s growth.

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    Opinion

    The transformational potential of rebranding and remodelling

    2019-11-26T08:40:00Z

    Embarking on a rebranding or remodelling programme may seem like a sure-fire way to reinvigorate your business, but there are many aspects to consider if you want to get it right, explains brand strategy consultant Ian Dunstall.

  • Domino's
    Opinion

    Analysts verdict: Berenberg on Domino’s

    2019-11-25T08:26:00Z

    Despite improvement in its share price since its Q3 update last month, major challenges still remain for Domino’s Pizza, according to analysts Berenberg.

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    Opinion

    JP Morgan, Goodbody and Morgan Stanley on Mitchells & Butlers

    2019-11-22T08:31:00Z

    Leading analysts share their views on Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) full year financial results, and how they stack up against forecasts.

  • The Double Decker - whalburger
    Opinion

    American dreamers

    2019-11-22T08:28:00Z

    A fresh wave of American concepts have crossed the pond in recent years, and more are on their way. Why is the UK so appealing to US brands, and do we still want them? 

  • deliveroo asian food
    Opinion

    The profitable Pickup paradox

    2019-11-22T08:27:00Z

    At first glance, Deliveroo’s latest development, called Pickup, is a perfect paradox. Normally Deliveroo only fails to deliver when one of its more myopic drivers fails to find the right front door, now it’s being built into the business model. How can a business literally named after delivery not deliver?

  • Larkin Cen at Woky Ko, CARGO, Wapping Wharf, Bristol
    Opinion

    School of Woky

    2019-11-20T07:59:00Z

    In just a few years former Masterchef contestant Larkin Cen has created a mini-empire in Bristol and is eying an opening in Cardiff. He can now be considered one of the UK’s most exciting Chinese chefs.

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    Opinion

    Elite approach

    2019-11-19T08:57:00Z

    Martial Chaussy, owner of Kent pub operator Elite Pubs, talks expansion plans, Brexit, the power of pizza and its growing people focus, with Jo Bruce.

  • Steve Holmes, CEO Azzurri Group
    Opinion

    Steve Holmes: ‘If you wind the clock forward, people will eat out more than ever’

    2019-11-19T08:49:00Z

    Relevant operators can grind out profit growth, but it’s not an easy time, Azzurri Group’s Steve Holmes has told MCA.

  • Opinion

    Detangling digital transformation

    2019-11-18T08:45:00Z

    Companies that have embraced digital transformation have the ability to plug in technology overnight, without significant cost, to identify what will drive a commercial return, without hampering operations. The benefit to our industry is entirely transformational, says Fourth’s group chief technical officer Christian Berthelsen.

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    Opinion

    Change is happening everywhere

    2019-11-18T08:45:00Z

    Seismic shifts are sweeping through the sector thanks to a combination of M&A, technological developments and consumer behaviour. Who knows what’s going to happen next?

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    Opinion

    Paul UK: ‘The brand has huge untapped potential’

    2019-11-18T08:45:00Z

    The development of a franchise operation for Paul UK is high up on the agenda for its new chief executive Mark Hilton. He talks exclusively to MCA about the development of its new café format, current performance and tapping into the evening day part.

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    Opinion

    Turtle Bay: ‘We keep away from industry noise’

    2019-11-15T08:14:00Z

    Turtle Bay has had a quiet two years, but with reinforcements to the senior team and turnover approaching £70m, the Caribbean social concept looks to be making moves for a sale. In a rare interview, founder Ajith Jayawickrema explains how the bar and restaurant brand has the potential for 100 sites – but not necessarily under his stewardship.

  • Beyond Burger at Honest burgers
    Opinion

    The meat might be fake, but the science isn’t

    2019-11-14T08:40:00Z

    With global sales of meat alternatives predicted to grow from 1% to 10% of total consumption over the next decade, operators should not ignore the generational shift in the way consumers think about food and how it’s produced, writes MCA contributing editor Peter Martin.

  • Brandon and richard JL
    Opinion

    Wrap stars: how Tortilla won the burrito wars

    2019-11-14T08:40:00Z

    Brandon Stephens and Richard Morris’ Californian-inspired brand Tortilla has come out on top in the burrito wars and looks to be eyeing a sale, writes Restaurant magazine’s Joe Lutrario.