All Beefeater articles

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    Interviews

    M&B’s Bob Ivell: ‘I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else’

    2021-06-08T09:58:00Z

    Bob Ivell says he is often asked by friends why he hasn’t retired by now. For the Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) non-executive chairman, the answer is simple: ‘We have +1,700 of the best pubs and restaurants in the UK – why would I want to?’

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    News

    Whitbread scraps £10 cap on industry discount

    2020-07-28T15:04:00Z

    Whitbread has scrapped the £10 Eat Out to Help Out discount limit and will give guests 50% off the food bill and soft drinks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during August. All its 750 restaurants, whose brands include Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Whitbread Inns, Cookhouse + Pub and Bar + Block will have reopened by 5 August and all will participate without any cap on the 50% discount.

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    News

    Whitbread to cut 250 jobs

    2020-07-24T07:26:00Z

    Whitbread may cut 250 head office jobs as part of a proposed restructuring, the hotel and restaurant operator has announced.

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    News

    Whitbread to open entire restaurant estate next month, joins Eat Out to Help Out scheme

    2020-07-22T07:11:00Z

    Whitbread has announced that its entire restaurant estate will have reopened by the beginning of next month, and all sites will be taking part in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

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    News

    Whitbread to close restaurant estate

    2020-03-19T14:09:00Z

    Whitbread is the latest hospitality giant to announce the temporary closure of its restaurant sites amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    News

    Steve Gotham: Straddling the great wet vs dry divide

    2020-03-12T08:45:00Z

    While there might be some disagreement over the extent the UK eating out market is over-supplied, there will be strong agreement that it is intensely competitive. It remains highly fragmented and contains an abundance of operators clamouring for consumers’ attention and spend. As such, skilful market positioning is essential.

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    Analysis & Insight

    ​Steve Gotham: Turning up the heat and other NPD delights

    2020-03-05T07:28:00Z

    New product development (NPD) is rightly recognised as a lifeblood for the eating out industry, and MCA’s Menu Tracker offers insights into the latest menu trends and influences across 150 leading operators. This review only serve as a taster, but the three courses have each been accompanied with three key summary insights.    

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    News

    Whitbread’s Grainne Allen on the next generation Beefeater

    2020-01-07T08:35:00Z

    In a career spanning three decades, Grainne Allen has worked across all the major pillars of the food industry. What began as a placement year with Marks & Spencer turned into a full-time position as one of the retailer’s first graduate product developers.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Whitbread F&B – some extra meat on the restaurant bones

    2019-05-10T07:47:00Z

    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham asks why Whitbread is so shy about discussing its substantial restaurant and pub portfolio. He delves into the available data to see what can be gleaned about Whitbread’s F&B brands and their resonance with consumers

  • News

    BD Foods acquired by AAK

    2019-03-13T08:31:00Z

    BD Foods, the UK foodservice company, has been acquired by AAK, the Swedish-Danish oil and fat producer.

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    News

    Weekend press round-up, 23-24 February 2019

    2019-02-25T10:33:00Z

    MCA presents a round-up of this weekend’s press stories relating to the sector

  • News

    Whitbread outlines UK and international ambitions

    2019-02-14T08:43:00Z

    Whitbread has used its Capital Markets Day to reiterate its belief in its “unique, vertically-integrated model” as a lever for growth and value creation.

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    Analysis & Insight

    All Bar One increases share of pub visits but JDW remains top

    2018-11-15T08:34:00Z

    JD Wetherspoon continues to be the dominant pub brand in terms of share of visits but Farmhouse Inns tops the rankings for average customer scores, data from MCA has shown.

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    News

    Whitbread to retain Pure

    2018-10-23T08:42:00Z

    Whitbread has reiterated that its key focus will be on hotels following the sale of Costa Coffee to Coca-Cola, though said it would retain its 49% investment in Pure, the healthy-eating grab and go concept.

  • Alison Brittain
    Opinion

    What next for Whitbread?

    2018-09-10T08:47:00Z

    Dominic Walsh looks at what the future is likely to hold for Whitbread following the sale of Costa to Coca-Cola. He asks whether Pure is being lined up to repeat Costa’s success story and where the deal leaves Premier Inn, as well as speculating on whether this marks the beginning of the end for Whitbread as a corporate entity, and how many tears would be shed over its demise.

  • The Royal Foresters, Oakman Inns
    Analysis & Insight

    MCA Introduces... Royal Foresters from Oakman Inns

    2018-09-04T08:21:00Z

    In the latest MCA Introduces James Wallin meets Oakman Inns founder Peter Borg-Neal at the £10m Royal Foresters in Ascot to talk investment, unforeseen obstacles, the power of premium and the value of wisteria.

  • Beefeater
    Analysis & Insight

    Beefeater grows share of visits at every day-part

    2018-08-30T08:19:00Z

    Beefeater has grown its share of visits at every day-part, as a result of site and menu refreshes, according to the latest MCA Pub Brand Monitor Q2 2018.

  • Cookhouse and Pub
    News

    Whitbread expands Cookhouse and Pub portfolio

    2018-07-25T08:11:41.657Z

    Whitbread has expanded its Cookhouse and Pub portfolio with the opening of two new sites, in St Columb, Cornwall and Northwich, Cheshire.

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    News

    Whitbread to cut 250 jobs across pub-restaurants

    2018-07-03T08:21:00Z

    Whitbread has confirmed that its £250m cost-cutting programme will include the loss of 250 staff across its Beefeater and Brewers Fayre brands.

  • Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference
    Opinion

    The renaissance of the wet-led pub

    2018-06-18T08:17:00Z

    Wet-led venues are emerging from the shadows of casual dining and gastropubs with buoyant sales and less exposure to headwinds. Investors are clearly taking note, with wet-led businesses at the centre of much of the sector’s M&A activity over the past year. Sapient Corporate Finance founder, Peter Hansen, explains why he sees this segment going from strength to strength.