All Costa articles – Page 7

  • Urban Fresh

    Urban Fresh signs up for Lakeside Triangle


    Urban Fresh, the two-strong burger and fries concept, is opening a third site, in Doncaster’s Lakeside Triangle development.

  • Loungers exterior
    Analysis & Insight

    Never want to get cosy


    There is an addiction to providing genuine hospitality that runs right through the continuing success of café/bar concept Loungers, that makes sure it continues to generate standout year-on-year performance. A laser-like focus on providing value-for-money, authentic community engagement and a “home-from-home” proposition, have become key calling cards for the Nick Collins-led business, but with talk of a possible IPO resurfacing, what will the City make of this regional success story, asks Mark Wingett.

  • Costa Coffee

    Costa Coffee launches reusable contactless payment cup


    Costa Coffee has partnered with Barclaycard to launch a reusable contactless payment cup.

  • Hermant Patel

    Whitbread appoints GK’s Patel in FD role


    Hemant Patel, the former finance director for Greene King’s Pub Company, has been appointed finance director for Premier Inn & Restaurants at Whitbread.

  • Analysis & Insight

    Sector sagas keep us all guessing


    Dominic Walsh reflects on an action-packed few weeks in the sector, which has seen big deals, high-profile resignations and further twists in the Patisserie Valerie saga.

  • Costa Coffee

    Goldex sells 14 Costa franchise sites to AM Coffee Holdings


    Goldex Investments Limited has sold 14 of its 60 Costa Coffee franchise site to AM Coffee Holdings, in a multi-million pound deal.

  • News

    Attwood takes up Coco di Mama MD role


    Jim Attwood, formerly of Costa, has formerly joined Coco di Mama, the Azzurri Group-backed, quick-service Italian concept, as its new managing director.

  • Quique Dacosta

    Dacosta confirms details of paella concept launch


    Quique Dacosta, the three Michelin-star Spanish chef, has revealed his new rice-focused concept will be called Arroz QD, and will open in Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia in early 2019.

  • Whitbread logo

    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.

  • Costa Coffee

    Analysts corner: Goodbody on Whitbread


    Goodbody analysts have set out their view on the prospects for Whitbread, post the divestment of Costa, suggesting that it opens the door for value creation.

  • Notes was co-founded by financier Edward Halfon

    A crescendo of coffee


    Following a successful fundraise on Crowdcube this summer, coffee shop and wine bar Notes is looking to double its estate over the next two years. Georgi Gyton finds out more about its growth plans, which include a move into travel hubs, starting with train stations

  • Analysis & Insight

    In other news


    Whilst last week’s news was dominated by the fast-moving story at Patisserie Holdings, the last month has shone a light on a number of other companies in the sector, which are faced with their own issues and questions about their future. Mark Wingett gives his thoughts on the Coaching Inn Group; TGI Fridays; Five Guys; The Restaurant Group (TRG); and Gordon Ramsay.

  • Frankie and Bennys

    McGowan departs TRG in restructure


    The Restaurant Group has confirmed to MCA that Murray McGowan has left his role as managing director of its Leisure division.

  • Costa Coffee

    Whitbread shareholders vote in favour of Costa sale


    Whitbread shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the sale of its Costa Coffee arm to Coca-Cola for £3.9bn.

  • Opinion

    Translating digital dreams into operational reality


    Much of the innovation at the top end of the sector in recent years has been focussed on or driven by technology, but large swathes of the industry still remain relatively untouched by this digital revolution. Simon Stenning assesses the areas in which technology can have a tangible impact for operators, including the rapid development of electric cars.

  • Bewiched Coffee

    Bewiched Coffee lines up two sites, eyes drive-thru market


    Bewiched, the Northampton-based coffee shop group, has lined up two new sites, and is looking to crack the burgeoning drive-thru coffee market, MCA has learnt.

  • CrepeAffaire

    CrepeAffaire sets out US plans


    CrepeAffaire, the fast casual crepe café chain, has announced plans to open its first US sites in the first half of 2019.

  • Leon's Mezze Salad

    Autumn menu round up: Continued focus on veggie options, with a heartier twist


    As the air takes on a decidedly fresher feel, pubs and restaurants are unveiling their Autumn menus filled with a host of heartier options.

  • KFC interior

    KFC franchisee secures c£14m debt facility


    Auriga Holdings, one of the longest-serving KFC franchisees in the UK, has secured a new £13.95m debt facility from Metro Bank, as it eyes further expansion.

  • Eat cafe

    Derkach steps down as EAT chairman


    John Derkach, the former chief executive of Tragus Group and managing director of Costa Coffee, has stepped down as chairman of EAT, the food to go chain, MCA understands.