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  • Delivery
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    Unwrapping delivery

    2019-06-25T07:51:00Z

    The media is not short of analysis of why Amazon has shut its US restaurant delivery business – and what it could mean for the long-term shape of delivery globally, writes Peter Martin.

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    Northern soul

    2019-06-21T07:52:00Z

    Liverpool has a hot new destination for eating out with the opening of Duke Street Food & Drink Market this week in a 100-year-old refurbished warehouse.

  • Foxlow
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    The not so fantastic Foxlow

    2019-06-20T07:51:00Z

    Following the demise of Hawksmoor’s secondary brand, MCA director Steve Gotham looks at the sensitivty of spend per head, and how value for money perceptions critically vary at different price points

  • Opinion

    OK computer

    2019-06-20T07:46:00Z

    Labelled by some as the flat white economy, the growth of freelance work culture, particular in the Millennial-dominated digital industries, has led to a familiar site in coffee shops – heads buried in laptops, eking out cups of coffee.

  • Opinion

    Creating a buzz

    2019-06-20T07:45:00Z

    Kenny Blair, managing director of Buzzworks Holdings, which features in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2019, talks to Jo Bruce about people power, expansion plans and being a family business while still striving to value every voice. 

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    Dispensing with tradition

    2019-06-18T07:36:00Z

    Having shaken up the stuffy wine bar industry with its innovative sample-based concept, Vagabond is readying V2.0 for regional expansion. A year on from securing backing from Imbiba, founder Stephen Finch talks to MCA’s Finn Scott-Delany about why the concept is so tricky to mimic.

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    Subway subpar?

    2019-06-18T07:35:00Z

    At more than 2,500 outlets, Subway is the biggest foodservice brand in the UK by site numbers. But how is the franchised business performing? MCA director of insight Steve Gotham delves into the data.

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    Reputation and rumours

    2019-06-17T07:27:00Z

    The success rate of former CEOs at Mitchells & Butlers in getting the business to fly has been questionable, but has Phil Urban cracked it? In his latest monthly column Dominic Walsh discusses how far the operator has come over the past four years – and those PizzaExpress rumours.

  • Opinion

    A postcard from Pembrokeshire

    2019-06-14T07:20:00Z

    Not one to let his holiday get in the way of fodder for his columns, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham, gauges the offerings for those on staycation in southwest Wales and highlights some of the more interesting concepts he ate at, in the name of research.

  • Holly Davies
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    ’A brand that has been around for a certain amount of time can be both a gift and a curse’

    2019-06-14T07:19:00Z

    The Restaurant Group’s director of product innovation talks to Sarah Sharples at MCA’s sister title Food Spark about dish development at Frankie & Benny’s, why innovation is key to fighting casual dining woes and her hopes for sustainable eating.