About MCA

The eating and drinking out industry is our passion and focus. By partnering with MCA, you get access to the expertise of our knowledgeable market analysts, editors and consultants, as well as unique opportunities to meet our extensive network of operators, suppliers and solution providers.

MCA is the leading UK provider of eating and drinking out market intelligence, renowned for unrivalled daily news coverage, market insight and events. Swapping speculation for fact, we keep all players in the market up to speed with the rapid evolution of the industry, reveal emergent opportunities and provide actionable intelligence to help you grow your business.

MCA is your trusted partner for industry insight and connections, empowering your business growth


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What our clients say

"MCA is the briefing service that never sleeps. It supports business development 7 days a week."

"Unparalleled intelligence for senior people in the drinking and dining out sectors"

MARKET UPDATES

MCA's passionate team of editors, analysts and Client Services Managers keep you up-to-date on the UK eating and drinking out industry, with high-quality news reports, market analysis, consumer insights, management briefings, food study tours and lists of operators to watch. Click to read more

Our market update services include:

  • Industry news and insight (annual subscription): The latest industry developments and trends analysed

  • Food Strategy Forum: A cost-effective corporate subscription to access the best of MCA, combining complimentary market reports, quarterly management briefings, monthly consumer insight dashboards, highlights on innovative emerging operators, food study tours, and full support from a dedicated client services manager

MARKET INTELLIGENCE

MCA's team of analysts constantly study the eating and drinking out market to provide you with detailed actionable insights on the competitive landscape, shifting consumer behaviour, trends and forecasts. Using verified data gathered through our unparalleled research network, they make predictions on its evolution to help your business planning and development. Click to read more

Our market intelligence services include:

  • Annual market reports: Highly-rated market data on UK restaurants, pubs, food-to-go operators, menu & food trends, and more
  • Operator Data Index: One-stop resource to monitor UK eating & drinking out brands
  • Menu Tracker: Detailed menu and pricing data on 150+ UK restaurant and pub brands, so you can keep a finger on the pulse of menu and pricing trends

CONSUMER INSIGHTS

MCA’s UK Eating Out Panel tracks the behaviour of 6,000 nationally-representative consumers each month, building up to a sample of 72,000 every year, across all eating out channels and day-parts (including snacking). Our insight team validate and analyse all data to provide you with a clear picture of current consumer behaviour, drivers of change and key perceptions. Click to read more

Our consumer insight services include:

  • Eating Out Panel: Understand and adapt to shifting eating and drinking out behaviour
  • Hot Topics: Track consumer opinion on topical issues facing the eating out market

NETWORKING & BEST-PRACTICE SHARING

Spark new business connections and uncover opportunities by hearing from key players, both from inside and outside the industry, who are part of MCA’s wide business network. Bringing operators, their suppliers and inspirational speakers together, MCA’s events are a springboard for driving innovation and fostering rewarding commercial relationships. Click to read more

MCA's conferences & events include:

  • Conferences: Each focusing on a specific segment of the eating and drinking out market, MCA’s annual conference series delivers relevant market intelligence and thought-leadership on the burning topics of the moment. With a blend of presentations, panel sessions and networking time, these full-day events provide an ideal platform to discuss market disruptors and opportunities.

  • Retailers’ Retailer Awards: Celebrating the very best concepts and individuals in the UK eating and drinking out sector, the annual Retailers’ Retailer Awards bring the senior tier of the industry in one room to reward and recognise true excellence in the market. The awards are a great platform for forward-looking brands and votes come exclusively from senior executives within the sector.

  • Directors Club: Open to the most senior management players in the foodservice sector, the Directors Club series of private dinners provides a unique setting to discuss topical issues, with a major business, political or financial speaker stimulating debate. This is an invitation-only event, please contact Ubaidah.Abowath@mca‑insight.com.

  • FD Leaders: Designed for the most senior finance-responsible executives in the UK eating and drinking out industry, MCA’s FD Leaders Clubs are invitation-only events providing a productive environment to network and hear from industry professionals representing parallel sectors, government and the media. This is an invitation-only event, please contact Ubaidah.Abowath@mca‑insight.com.

  • Food study tours: MCA’s interactive food study tours present a unique opportunity to take inspiration and insight back to your business. With the MCA team frequently visiting new innovative concepts, we are never short of on-trend new operators to take you to, so you can experience their unique offering first hand. Please email Josh.Ford@mca‑insight.com for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities: Gathering senior decision-makers in the industry around common interests, MCA’s events are a powerful face-to-face activation channel, enabling you to reach your target audience and benefit from high-profile association with leading events in the sector. Please email Alan.Totten@wrbm.com for more information.


CONSULTANCY & BESPOKE RESEARCH

By drawing on the broad market expertise of MCA’s analysts, you can get a fresh viewpoint on which to underpin your strategic development. After a preliminary consultation, we will undertake bespoke data collection, research and analysis to support your business strategy. Click to read more


  • Our analysts’ findings are supported by their long-standing experience in studying shifts in the UK eating and drinking out market and watching innovation from abroad.

  • They will rigorously investigate your unique burning issues and deliver back reliable actionable insights to help your business succeed in the face of shifting consumer behaviour, disruptive trends and competitive threats.

To subscribe to any of the above services, please contact:

News subscriptions and free trials:

 E: enquiries@mca‑insight.com
 T: +44 (0)1293 610343
 Alternatively, please fill in our contact form

All other subscription services and market reports:

 E: insight‑enquiries@mca‑insight.com
 T: +44 (0)2076 110405
 Alternatively, please fill in our contact form

Event sponsorship enquiries:

 E: alan.totten@wrbm.com
 T: +44 (0)1293 610389

Event delegate enquiries:

 E: ubaidah.abowath@mca‑insight.com
 T: +44 (0)1293 846606