All MCA Insight articles in February 2019

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  • Eating Out Panel Consumer Dashboard February 2019
    Consumer Dashboard

    Consumer Dashboard - February 2019


    The early spring mood encouraged an increase in out of home activity in February. Visit frequency was up at breakfast, dinner and for snacks. The average spend per visit increased above menu price inflation at all meal-times, as consumers enjoyed the warm spell in contrast to disruption caused by the Beast from the East last year. Lunch was the only day-part at which frequency fell, as consumers sought to save spend at the most frequent day-part, leaving its share at the lowest level ever recorded on the Eating Out Panel.

  • focus-on-dessert-parlour-brands-cover
    Brand Analysis

    Focus on Dessert Parlour Brands - February 2019


    Dessert parlour brands are rapidly growing across the UK, satisfying several current consumer trends and benefitting from internal mechanic advantages around franchise operations and low operational costs. This analysis piece explores the Top 10 brands by outlets, growth drivers of dessert parlours and marketing tools that are enabling customer engagement and increasing brand awareness.

  • MCA journal February 2019

    February 2019


    This month’s edition of MCA delves into the sensitive subject of communicating allergen information and to what extent the sector should shoulder the responsibility of individual choice. We also feature the first column from MCA’s contributing editor Peter Martin, returning to the title he co-founded in 1996, as well as chronicling the quiet growth of the dessert café segment, profiling The Alchemist’s Simon Potts and introducing a new feature on key markets for international growth.

  • News

    A third of consumers plan to eat out less this year


    Almost one third of consumers are planning to spend less money on eating out during 2019, according to a new report from PwC.

  • News

    Former DM Group founders to open new Fulham pub


    Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson, founders of DM Group, are to open a new brasserie-style restaurant next month – Brook House on Fulham Broadway, MCA has learnt.

  • News

    Junkyard Golf lines up further London site


    Junkyard Golf has lined up a further site in central London, MCA understands.

  • News

    Ei Group agrees corporate partnership with charity The Clink


    Ei Group has embarked on a corporate partnership with charity The Clink, as part of efforts to strengthen the work it does around social responsibility.

  • News

    Bar 6 Group confirms third Near & Far


    Bar 6 Group, the company behind Magic Roundabout and The Good Mixer, has confirmed it is to open its third Near & Far site, in Camden.

  • Patisserie Valerie

    Established in 1926, reborn 14 February 2019


    Following the sale of Patisserie Valerie to Causeway Capital Partners, Rhys Iley spoke to MCA deputy editor Georgi Gyton about why he is viewing it as a new chapter for the business, and what changes the management team will be putting in place, including store refreshes, longer opening hours, NPD, and a new app.

  • Holly Addison

    Diversity is the solution, not the problem


    The reality for many women who have made it to the top is that it’s a reflection of their own dogged perseverance and determination, than any real proactive measures in the industry to facilitate career progression for women. This needs to change, says Holly Addison, head of the hospitality, travel & leisure practice at executive recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson.

  • News

    Ole & Steen to open 10th site in Belgravia


    Ole & Steen is due to open a 10th London site, in Belgravia, as part of mixed-use development Eccleston Yards, MCA has learnt.

  • News

    Patisserie Holdings sale confirmed for £13m


    Patisserie Holdings has confirmed the sale of Patisserie Valerie, to Dublin-based Causeway Capital, and its sandwich shop business Philpotts to retail, wholesale and distribution firm A.F Blakemore, for £13m.