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    Whitbread exploring sale of restaurant brands


    The FTSE100 business is understood to be exploring the potential sale of its Beefeater chain and its other restaurant brands in order to focus its efforts on its hotel chain Premier Inn.

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    Openings of the week


    MCA rounds up this week’s biggest openings stories, featuring new venues from Itsu, Golf Fang, Beefeater and Roxy Lanes.

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    Whitbread rolls out plant-based dishes across estate


    Whitbread has launched a range of new meat-free dishes across its 1,200 sites, including Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, and Bar + Block.


    Whitbread adds to Beefeater pipeline


    Whitbread is opening two new Beefeater restaurants, in Saffron Walden and Hamilton, Glasgow, at new-build Premier Inn properties.

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


    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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    Whitbread scraps £10 cap on industry discount


    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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    Whitbread to cut 250 jobs


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

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


    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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    Whitbread to close restaurant estate


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

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    Steve Gotham: Straddling the great wet vs dry divide


    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


    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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    Whitbread’s Grainne Allen on the next generation Beefeater


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


    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

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    BD Foods acquired by AAK


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

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    Weekend press round-up, 23-24 February 2019


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

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    Whitbread outlines UK and international ambitions


    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


    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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    Whitbread to retain Pure


    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.

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    What next for Whitbread?


    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.

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    MCA Introduces... Royal Foresters from Oakman Inns


    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.