All Cafes & Coffee Shops articles

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    Knoops stirs up gourmet hot chocolate experience


    As the crafted hot chocolate concept opens its seventh site, MCA speaks to CEO Tori Nunn about how the cafe brand is looking to follow the single origin journey of speciality coffee 

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    Weekend Press

    ‘Greasy spoon’ cafes close as diners shun fry-ups


    With tens of thousands of traditional cafes shutting down or being repurposed as coffee shops and brasseries, is it really the end for the all-day breakfast?

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    Black Sheep Coffee accelerates expansion


    Black Sheep Coffee opened a new outlet in Paddington, London this week, as the chain’s investor report for the period ending 30 June 2021 highlights the coffee chain’s increased expansion plans for 2021, supported by over £4m in additional funding. The document also focuses on the chain achieving - for the first time - positive EBITDA, and the increased diversification of its offer.

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    Costa increases pay and recruits 2,000 staff


    Costa Coffee has announced a 5% payrise for staff at its 1,500 UK company owned outlets and an intention to recruit an additional 2,000 staff. On average, store team members will take home £500-£900 more per year. 

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    Megan’s appoints new operations director


    Christobell Harrington-Jones has joined Megan’s as its new operations director. Harrington-Jones joins the 13-strong café restaurant chain after spending a year and a half as commercial food operations director at Hilton. In June, the company announced its intention to recruit a further 100 staff, including two senior board positions as the company continues its growth plans.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Average spend up as pubs and bars grow share


    Latest data from Lumina Intelligence’s Eating & Drinking Out Panel indicates a shift in channel share during the four weeks to 11 July 2021 driven by the Euros. As consumers gathered to watch the football, pubs and bars have continued to gain channel share, accounting for 15.0% of total eating out occasions across the four weeks – up 2ppts versus the previous period. Restaurants have also continued to grow share, up 0.6ppts to 12.7%.

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    Food-to-go to return to pre-Covid levels by second half of 2022


    Data from IGD is predicting a faster-than-expected food-to-go recovery. By the end of 2021, it is forecasting sales to reach £15.6bn, 82.5% of its 2019 value. It is also forecasting sales to return to pre-Covid levels in the second half of 2022, six months earlier than expected.

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    Patisserie Valerie made £10m loss


    Patisserie Valerie has made a £9.8m loss in the 14 months to March 2020, but the brand is now focusing on growing its routes to market and is reaping the rewards from its partnership with Sainsbury’s.

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    Lord Sugar challenges Caffe Nero CVA


    Lord Sugar’s private commercial property group, Amsprop Investments, has lodged a legal challenge against Caffe Nero’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA), Sky News reports. 

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    GSG Hospitality to launch new concept in Liverpool’s The Plaza


    Liverpool-based restaurant and bar group GSG Hospitality is set to open a new concept as part of a transformation of the city’s Plaza building. In partnership with Bruntwood Works, which is embarking on a £3m redesign of the building, GSG will create a social space, including a coffee shop, restaurant, cocktail bar and pop-up retail area. The concept, which will be revealed next year, will sit alongside a customer lounge and coworking suites on The Plaza’s ground floor.

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    Boston Tea Party has ‘considerable cash cushion’


    Boston Tea Party is trading materially ahead of its forecasts, its latest financial report reveals.

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    Pret announces next wave of job cuts


    Pret has announced it is to close a further six stores and place up to 400 jobs at risk of redundancy in response to the expected challenges of the coming months.

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    Chaiiwala signs deal with Domino’s franchisees


    Indian street food café franchise Chaiiwala has signed an area agreement to roll out 10 new sites in Birmingham.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Food to go to see 41% bounce back in 2021


    Food to go will see a significant bounce back from its 2020 decline next year, increasing its share of the overall eating out market, according to Lumina Intelligence.

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    Sourced Market makes regional debut in Leeds


    Sourced Market has opened at Leeds Skelton Lake Services, the new M1 service station from Extra MSA Group.

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    Costa warns 1,650 jobs at risk


    Costa has warned up to 1,650 jobs could be at risk of redundancy due to “high levels of uncertainty” as to when trade will return to pre-coronavirus levels.

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    Costa opens next tranche of stores


    Costa Coffee is opening an additional 31 drive-through and 15 takeaway sites today, after receiving “great feedback” from our store team members and customers.

  • Caffe Nero

    Caffe Nero to reopen eight cafes


    Caffè Nero has announced it will be re-opening eight stores next week on a trial basis for takeaway.

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    Heavenly Desserts launches in London


    High-end café concept Heavenly Desserts has launched its first London site at the IQL in Stratford.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Growth slows for independent coffee shops


    The independent coffee shop segment saw a slow-down in outlet growth last year due to difficult trading conditions across the wider UK café market, new research by Allegra World Coffee Portal has found.