All MCA Insight articles in February 2018

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  • Analysis & Insight

    Middle Eastern cuisine expected to grow 10% in 2018


    The value of the branded Middle Eastern cuisine market is expected to grow by 10% in 2018, to £143 million, according to a new report by MCA.

  • News

    Brandwatch: Just Eat


    Just Eat may have reported strong order growth in its full year results yesterday – up 19% in the UK, to 105 million – but the market balked at its lower forecasts for growth in 2018, largely down to planned investment in areas like its branded restaurant delivery partnerships, in a bid to fend off increasing competition. MCA explores the potential impact of its plans.

  • News

    Five Points Brewing Co to launch Crowdcube fund


    Independent craft brewery The Five Points Brewing Co is to launch its first round of crowdfunding, on Crowdcube, on 9 March.

  • What The Pitta

    Founders’ Forum Focus: What the Pitta!


    What the Pitta! has ambitious expansion plans, and the growing trend for flexitarianism – or eating less meat to you and me – is helping to achieve them.

  • Gavin George of InnBrighton

    Laine grows FY lfls 11%


    The Laine Pub Company, the London and Sussex pub operator and brewer, saw like-for-like turnover grow 11% in the year to 30 June, to £35m.

  • Shake Shack

    Shake Shack looking to open more sites this year


    Shake Shack, the US burger brand, could a few more UK sites this year, either in London or outside, MCA has learnt.

  • GinTonica

    Leelex to launch Tonica at Exmouth Market


    Leelex, the Leeds-based bar and restaurant operator, is launching Spanish and Basque concept Tonica in Clerkenwell, MCA understands.

  • Heydon Mizon

    McMullen aiming to add four larges sites to estate in 2018


    McMullen is hoping to add four large sites to its 86-strong managed pub division over the next 12 months, and “more if the opportunities arise”, MCA has learnt.

  • News

    Just Eat announces plastic reduction measures


    Just Eat has announced a drive to reduce excess plastic in takeaway packaging – on the same day as Deliveroo revealed similar plans.

  • News

    Eataly confirms Bishopsgate market


    Eataly, the Italian market and food hall, has confirmed it will open its first UK location at 135 Bishopsgate in 2020.

  • Kerb

    Kerb launches next phase of inKERBator scheme


    Street food business Kerb has announced the launch of the newest phase of its inKERBator scheme, in conjunction with commercial property company Landsec.

  • Wagamama

    Wagamama UK lfls up 8.2% in Q3


    Wagamama saw UK like-for-like sales (lfls) growth of 8.2% in the third quarter to 28 January – improving on the 7.1% rise in the second quarter.

  • Prezzo Crawley interior

    Prezzo awaits CVA sign-off


    Investors in Prezzo, the c300-strong operator of its eponymous brand and Mexican chain Chimichanga, have yet to sign off on its plan for a Company Voluntary Arrangement, MCA understands.

  • Meat
    Analysis & Insight

    Prices up for 55% of same-line dishes


    The price of same-line dishes have increased in more than half (55%) of cases, compared to the same period last year, according to MCA’s autumn/winter 2017 Menu Tracker, as operators look to boost margins.

  • Gary Usher

    Usher to open two new restaurants


    Gary Usher, the North West-based chef and restaurateur, is set to open a further two restaurants.

  • Loch Fyne logo

    Off the hook


    Loch Fyne never delivered the returns Greene King hoped for when it paid £68m for the business. With the pub operator and brewer trying to off load the brand again, Mark Wingett ask if it is worth casting the net out for

  • Tea Colaianni
    Analysis & Insight

    Diversity in the workplace makes good business sense


    Tea Colaianni, chair of the Women in Hospitality working group shares her views on why gender diversity in the workplace is an important goal to strive for.

  • Maxwell's Group, The Roadhouse

    Maxwell’s Group faces Roadhouse eviction


    Maxwell’s Group has launched a campaign to save its Roadhouse venue from eviction.

  • Deliveroo's new hyper relfective kits are aimed at improving rider safety

    Deliveroo to cut down takeaway plastics


    Deliveroo is setting out steps to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic packaging that its takeaway meals are transported in.

  • Mearchant House

    Merchant House opens The Brig bar


    Merchant House has opened was it has described as “surely London’s smallest bar”, The Brig, on the same site as its Bow Lane venue.