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    Analysis & Insight

    AlixPartners: Gradually building momentum


    Just over a month since restart, it is obvious that the sector’s revival will take time, and sadly it will not include everyone. 

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    Epiris completes CDG acquisition, rebrands as The Big Table


    Private equity firm Epiris has completed a deal to acquire Casual Dining Group.

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    Anand steps down from CDG


    Rooney Anand has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman of Casual Dining Group.

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    Pizza Express to exit up to 75 sites in CVA


    Pizza Express is expected to close up to 75 restaurants as part of a financial restructuring at parent company Hony Capital.

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    Epiris frontrunner to buy CDG


    The former backer of TGI Friday’s is in advanced talks to buy Casual Dining Group, Sky News reports.

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    Elliott Advisors eyes CDG


    American hedge fund Elliott Advisers is among investors vying to take over Casual Dining Group (CDG), Sky News reports.

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    Casual Dining Group appoints administrators


    Casual Dining Group, which operates brands including Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge, has appointed administrators. It said 91 sites would close with immediate effect causing a number of redundancies. The business said in today’s “extreme operating environment it is in the best interests of all stakeholders for the Group to enter administration, to enable the Group to conclude negotiations with landlords regarding the estate.”

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    CDG in sales talks having received “strong expressions of interest”


    Casual Dining Group is in preliminary sales talks with multiple parties having “received strong expressions of interest.”

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    CDG in restructuring talks


    Causal Dining Group is in talks with advisory firm Alixpartners about a financial restructuring to secure the business through the coronavirus crisis.

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    Deliveroo NHS campaign raises £1.5m


    A Deliveroo campaign to feed NHS staff has raised more than £1.5m, which will go towards its pledge to provide 500,000 free meals.

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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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    Bourke joins Wireless Social as NED


    ETM Group director of sales and marketing Sam Bourke has taken on additional role as non-executive director of Wireless Social.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Delivery promiscuity in a fragmented market


    Casual dining brands are becoming more promiscuous with delivery operators, MCA analysis has revealed.

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    All’s fair in love and restaurants – how did the operators line up to fight for the Valentine’s share of wallet?


    If French is the language of love, then presumably a French restaurant should be where I head with my true love on Valentine’s Day. Certainly, the leading French chains are using several seduction techniques to secure my custom – and for good reason. February is a slow trading month and an event where consumers might be more inclined to loosen the purse strings for fear of having their heart strings damaged, is well worth aiming to capitalise upon. So who offered what on the big day?

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    Imbiba backs Wireless Social with £1m


    Imbiba, the specialist leisure investor, has backed hospitality tech business Wireless Social with £1m of funding.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Beating the January blues


    There is an easy logic behind the third Monday in January being the most depressing day of the year, despite the underpinning research coming under question. 

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    How can tech ease the customer journey?


    Greggs, Leon and Wagamama are just the latest to join the self-ordering revolution, with the latter’s new grab and go concept Mamago one of the most hotly discussed openings of last year. To share their early exeperiences and more, MCA brought together marketing, IT and digital leaders from across the sector to consider how new technology can help, and sometimes hinder, the customer experience

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    Gunwharf Quays – Restaurant and retail therapy a plenty!


    With more than 30 bars, cafés and restaurants (as well as over 90 shops) Gunwharf Quays offers an abundance of opportunities for plenty of remedial treatment. Supported by its impressive waterfront location, attractive design and assorted leisure-related reasons to visit, Gunwharf Quays is one of the UK’s finest outlet shopping centres. So amongst some Christmas shopping, I was keen to see how it is using its extensive assortment of Food & Beverage purveyors to both restore weary shoppers as well as to act as a footfall driver in its own right. But also, and more critically, I was keener to see some something new and surprising.

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    The Highs and Lows of Promotions


    In recent weeks I have looked into various elements of economising behaviour by consumers, including targeting low prices and more spending at weekends as opposed to weekdays, today’s focus is on the widely prevalent, yet potentially damaging, practice of promotional activity. Key questions asked include whether its usage is rising, who’s buying into the offers the most and what are the most popular promotion types. The core focus area is the key dinner day-part within the chain restaurant sector and the source of answers is MCA’s consumer tracking service, the Eating Out Panel.

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    Getting a taste for New Product Development


    Regardless of their industry, innovation is widely recognised as the lifeblood of organisations. If we focus on new product development (NPD), then MCA’s Menu Tracker analysis for Spring/Summer 2019 shows that it is getting ever more prevalent. Looking at over 8,000 dishes across over 110 operators in the London region, over 600 were flagged as ‘new’ on menus. This equates to 8%, significantly higher than the 4% and 6% seen in previous years.