All MCA Insight articles in April 2021

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    Miso to roll out Operation:Falafel


    Miso Group, from chef Adria Wu and Dubai-based investor Tamer Bazzari, are bringing two new concepts to the UK.

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    Hammerson: Footfall 80% of pre-pandemic


    Landlord Hammerson has reported 90% of operators in its UK estate are currently able to trade, with footfall is “competitive with pre-pandemic levels”.

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    Tortilla appoints COO


    Tortilla has appointed Jason Thomas as chief operations officer.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Prices to rebound as volumes recover


    Several months of falling food and non-alcoholic drinks prices are expected to come to an end as the hospitality industry reopens, the latest edition of the Foodservice Price Index from CGA and Prestige Purchasing reveals.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Surge in West End footfall


    West End footfall surged to its highest level since the coronavirus pandemic began more than a year ago during the first full weekend of reopening. 

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    Analysis & Insight

    How will delivery fare as dine-in re-opens?


    Demand for delivery has never been so high, and there is significantly greater supply than pre-pandemic, as foodservice operators capitalise on this increased consumer demand. Furthermore, delivery has become a lifeline whilst traditional routes to market were restricted, following just 11 weeks of ‘normal’ trading in 2020.

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    Staff shortages an ‘emerging problem’


    Between 15-20% of hospitality staff are either declining, or are currently unable, to return to their existing roles as restrictions are lifted, according to UKHospitality’s recent surveys of its members.

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    Kate Nicholls: ‘We have to view the first week back positively’


    The reopening of outside spaces last week has to be viewed in a positive light, and as “a marker on the roadmap to recovery”, said Kate Nicholls, chief executive, UKHospitality.

  • Emma Woods

    Woods to step down from Wagamama


    Wagamama CEO Emma Woods is stepping down and handing over to her internally appointed successor, Thomas Heier.

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    Businesses face ‘rocky road to recovery’


    Hospitality trade bodies UKH, BBPA and BII have called for Government to extend the business rates holiday for at least a further three months to allow businesses to get back on their feet.

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    Upham keen to impress investors following turnaround plan


    Upham Group has said it is a strong financial position following the take-up of support offered during the pandemic, including a £1.4m CBIL, and a restructure of its operations, and keen to impress its investors.

  • Alchemist

    The Alchemist refinances loans


    The Alchemist has received a new injection of capital after completing a refinancing of its banking facilities and shareholder loans.

  • John Eckbert

    Five Guys: ‘Delivery is here to stay’


    Future demand for delivery may be hard to predict but the market is not going to go away, Five Guys UK chief executive John Eckert has told MCA.

  • Popeyes

    Crowley joins Popeyes as UK CEO


    US fried chicken brand Popeyes has announced the appointment of Tom Crowley as its UK chief executive.

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    Issas buy up Nero debt


    The new owners of Leon are close to taking control of Caffe Nero after buying up the coffee chain’s debts, The Telegraph reports. 

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    Analysis & Insight

    Delivery market reaches £11.4bn


    Food delivery grew by £3.7bn in 2020 to reach £11.4bn, as it benefitted from being one of the few routes to market during the pandemic, Lumina Intelligence reports.

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    Analysis & Insight

    One in four reopen


    One in four of England’s licensed premises opened for trade in hospitality’s first week back for outdoor-only service, according to latest figures from the Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners.

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    Peter Martin: Delivering the unexpected


    Would it be such a bad thing if pubs had to display calorie counts on draught beer pumps or restaurants the same on wine lists?

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    EG Group acquires Leon


    EG Group, the forecourt retailer and fast-food operator, has acquired Leon Restaurants.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Differentiation is key to a successful rollout


    The ability to provide a differentiated experience is key to a successful rollout, and one that Loungers is able to offer, according to analysts Berenberg.