April 2019

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    Consumer Dashboard

    Consumer Dashboard - April 2019


    The rise of breakfast continues in the Eating Out market.  Breakfast frequency rose strongly from last year, allowing this day-part to claim its highest share of meal visits on record.  Coffee shop/café remains the leading channel in the breakfast market but is losing visit share to fast food outlets, pubs and supermarket to-go.  Troubles continues at lunch, where frequencies continue to fall and share of visits reach the lowest on record, as difficult economic conditions push consumers to cut back on this high frequency meal occasion.  Average spend grew strongly at all meal-times, outpacing inflation, and was particularly strong at dinner, the highest spend day-part.

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    Q&A to Z


    In the first of a new series of columns, Generation Z expert, Chloe Combi, answers questions posed by MCA readers about how to best connect with young consumers. In her first article, Chloe discusses Gen Z’s attitudes towards promotions, co-working spaces and transgender toilets.

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    A Focus On: Manchester


    Manchester is a city awash with places to eat. With restaurants, bars and cafes around every corner and along every main drag, the choice can be overwhelming. However, we have identified five operators that are succeeding in a busy market place and adapting to the key trends that are shaping the sector.

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    MCA’s publisher William Reed acquires stake in CGA


    MCA’s publisher William Reed has acquired a stake in insight business CGA, joining The Nielsen Company as minority investors.

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    Simple Simmons


    Lonsdale-backed bar group Simmons has spent the past 12 months getting its house in order and is now ready to kick off the next stage of its growth plan. Georgi Gyton spoke to chief executive Nick Campbell about its journey since entering the world of private equity and why keeping it simple doesn’t have to mean boring.

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    Dodo Pizza opens third UK site, in Walsall


    Dodo Pizza, the Russian quick service brand, has opened its third UK site, in Walsall, MCA understands.

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    Crosstown lines up two more


    Crosstown, the artisan doughnut and speciality coffee concept, has lined up two more sites, which will take it to 11 physical stores over all.

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    Analysts corner: Greene King


    Following Greene King’s full year results announcement yesterday, analysts from Hargreaves Lansdown and Goodbody give their reactions on the numbers.

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    Stadiums missing out on F&B spend


    Football stadiums are missing out on an opportunity for an enhanced food and drink offer, with match-day spend in the UK lower than other Western nations, a report by Oracle has found.

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    The Savoy appoints first director of restaurants


    The Savoy has appointed Anne Lomas as the hotel’s first director of restaurants.