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  • Sainsbury's Patisserie Valerie

    Patisserie Valerie partners with Brakes


    Cafes and hotels will be able to add a selection of the brand’s baked goods, which range from gâteau slices to whole cakes, to their dessert menus

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    Chaiiwala airport site ‘exciting new territory’


    The Indian street food cafe concept is looking to expand across the UK and in more airport sites after opening at London Luton 

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    Knoops appoints CEO


    William Gordon-Harris, who has served as executive chairman since 2019, will drive expansion at the speciality chocolate drink brand 

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    Analysis & Insight

    Retail channel driving growth in eating out market


    The channel is forecast to grow by 5.3% this year to a value of £20bn as consumers switch to lower-ticket alternatives, Lumina Intelligence highlights in its new UK Eating Out Market Report

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    Kaspa’s Desserts refocuses on central London


    The c100-strong dessert chain is looking to build its presence in central London, and is on track to meet its target of 10-15 openings this year, MD Francesco Arcadio tells MCA

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    WatchHouse coffee has further nine UK sites in the pipeline


    Founder Roland Horne told MCA’s Food To Go Conference he was “very bullish” about growth opportunities

  • Raining Berries

    US coffee and açaí bowl concept Raining Berries set for UK launch


    The Florida-based business, founded by Bimal Bhojani, believes the UK market offers the potential for more than 250 stores. 

  • Karak Chaii

    Karak Chaii to accelerate franchise expansion


    The brand is aiming for 30 locations by the end of next year, with seven in the pipeline to open in early 2023, its strategic advisor Paolo Peretti has told MCA

  • Paul UK Putney

    Paul UK announces move into franchising


    The bakery and patisserie chain has secured its first franchise partner in the UK as it looks to drive store growth outside London.

  • Berry Meringue American Waffle Heavenly Desserts

    Heavenly Desserts to accelerate store openings


    The high-end dessert parlour is looking to open 20 UK sites next year, and further its international reach, managing director Yousif Aslam tells MCA

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    Creams launches partnership with Tesco


    Creams Café has announced a partnership with Tesco, which will see it open dessert parlours within the footprint of two of its supermarkets.

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    Stuffed launches UK franchise model


    Dessert and coffee café Stuffed Gelato has has 10 locations lined up already as it looks to expand across the UK.

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    Loungers: ‘We see lots of opportunity in London’


    Openings in Greater London this year to far exceed FY21/22, with its property pipeline remaining “very well advanced”, chief executive Nick Collins has said

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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. 

  • Megan's Wimbledon

    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%.

  • Food to go

    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.