All MCA Insight articles in April 2019

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    Consumer Dashboard

    Consumer Dashboard - April 2019

    2019-06-13T08:25:00Z

    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.

  • Chloe Combi
    Opinion

    Q&A to Z

    2019-05-02T07:19:00Z

    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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    Resources

    A Focus On: Manchester

    2019-05-01T14:17:00Z

    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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    News

    MCA’s publisher William Reed acquires stake in CGA

    2019-05-01T09:27:00Z

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

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    Opinion

    Simple Simmons

    2019-05-01T07:29:00Z

    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.

  • Dodo Walsall
    News

    Dodo Pizza opens third UK site, in Walsall

    2019-05-01T07:29:00Z

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

  • Crosstown City
    News

    Crosstown lines up two more

    2019-05-01T07:29:00Z

    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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    News

    Analysts corner: Greene King

    2019-05-01T07:29:00Z

    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

    2019-05-01T07:28:00Z

    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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    News

    The Savoy appoints first director of restaurants

    2019-05-01T07:28:00Z

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

  • News

    X-Upper sausage restaurant to close after four months

    2019-05-01T07:28:00Z

    X-Upper, the sausage specialist restaurant concept in Islington, is closing after four months.

  • News

    Pophams Bakery doubles up

    2019-05-01T06:59:00Z

    Artisan viennoiserie specialist, Pophams Bakery, is set to launch its second site at 197 Richmond Road in Hackney, in June.

  • Big Mamma
    News

    Big Mamma Group confirms second UK opening

    2019-05-01T06:38:00Z

    Big Mamma Group, the Paris-based Italian restaurant concept, has lined up its second opening in the UK.

  • News

    Black Sheep Brewery acquires Arc bar

    2019-05-01T06:36:00Z

    Black Sheep Brewery, the Yorkshire-based business chaired by ex-Punch director Andy Slee, has acquired the Arc Inspirations site, Kith & Kin, in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

  • Department of Coffee
    News

    Toby Smith appointed Coffeesmiths CEO

    2019-04-30T16:04:00Z

    Toby Smith, who recently stepped down as chief executive of Novus Leisure, has joined Coffeesmiths Collective UK, the operator of Department of Coffee, as chief executive. Coffeesmiths Collective operates over 130 outlets in the UK including its own bakery and roastery. The company’s flagship brand, the Department of ...

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    News

    Veggie Wraps and Big Macs with Bacon boost McDonald’s sales

    2019-04-30T14:25:00Z

    Menu innovations have helped to drive growth for McDonald’s UK and Ireland in Q1 of 2019.

  • Parliament
    News

    Pubs Code review launched

    2019-04-30T13:18:00Z

    The Government has launched its promised review of the Pubs Code and the effectiveness of the adjudicator.

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    News

    PizzaExpress underlying lfls flat in 2018

    2019-04-30T09:27:00Z

    PizzaExpress has reported flat like-for-like sales in 2018, with group turnover up 1.6% to £543m.

  • Sushi Daily
    Article

    Sushi Daily partners with Debenhams

    2019-04-30T07:29:00Z

    Sushi Daily is to launch a partnership with Debenhams at its Manchester store next month, MCA understands.

  • Karen Turton
    Opinion

    Soft skills development is vital for multi-unit managers

    2019-04-30T07:28:00Z

    Promoting a general manager to one with multi-unit responsibilities is not always as straight forward a process as operators may think, if the employee is to perform at their best. Former Turtle Bay operations director and founder of Purple Story, a people-focused consultancy, Karen Turton discusses why soft skills are so important in the experience economy.