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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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    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.

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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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    ​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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    Share of visits and average spend up at leading pub brands


    The total share of pub visits and average spend increased at every day part in Q4 2019, MCA’s Pub Brand Monitor reveals.

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    Steve Gotham: Recovering confidence and and accelerating growth in 2020


    Encouragingly for most, MCA predicts that 2020 will see stronger net physical increases in store portfolios across the majority of leading operators.MCA’s Operator Data Index includes over 350 branded operators with five or more outlets at December 2019. These stretch across the full spectrum of the market and account for close to 27,000 outlets which claimed modest overall year on year growth of just under 1% in 2019. We are expecting this growth rate to double to 2% in December 2020, with over 500 net new outlets to open, equating to 11 per week.

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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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    Whitbread trialling new restaurant formats


    Whitbread is trialling new restaurant formats as well as rolling out a refresh of the Brewers Fayre brand, the group’s chief technology officer told MCA’s Hostech conference yesterday.

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    Spotlight on the value led branded pub market


    Brand expert Ian Dunstall casts his eye over a segment over the market that is often overlooked in analysis despite being a financial power house – the value pub market. He rates the leading brands and looks at how many have reinvented themselves to better align with the modern consumer.

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    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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    Beefeater grows share of visits at every day-part


    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.

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    Whitbread expands Cookhouse and Pub portfolio


    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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    Whitbread to cut 250 jobs across pub-restaurants


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