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    Greene King: vegan dishes up 265% yoy


    Greene King has reported total sales of vegan dishes were up 265% year-on-year.

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    Analysis & Insight

    And the 2019 consumer award winners are…


    While we are in the midst of the entertainment awards season it would be most neglectful not to extend this to the worlds of foodservice and hospitality. 

  • Honest Burgers

    Can burger sales stay strong in the face of increasing alternatives?


    Despite growing food adventurism, the proliferation of diverse cuisines and the ongoing rise of plant-based offerings, beef burgers still account for one in nine of every dinner consumed outside the home. Sales are also in year on year growth. As such, it is difficult to argue with leading US restaurateur, Danny Meyer, who said: “At the base level, a burger is a piece of meat and a bun with something on it. It’s simple but it seems to make a lot of people happy.”

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    Analysis & Insight

    Growth potential for Greene King pub brands


    In light of the recent bid for Greene King by CK Asset Holdings, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham assesses what MCA’s Eating Out Panel data has to say about the performance of its four core brands.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Pub brands lose share at dinner time


    Pub brands’ share of visits at dinner time – its most important occasion – in the second quarter of 2019 (April – June), reflecting toughening competition from restaurants and growing customer expectations.

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    McDonald’s, Nando’s and Greggs enjoy a successful June


    McDonald’s, Nando’s and Greggs are the big winners of MCA’s latest Eating Out Panel Monthly Dashboard. Compared to last year’s sweltering heatwave in June, combined with the rush of World Cup football-fever, a boost in like for like sales at lunchtime in 2019 was always going to be a tough ask.

  • Honest Burgers
    Analysis & Insight

    Pub menus: Quantity over quality?


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham looks at whether the increases seen in pub menu counts are sustainable, particularly when extensive menu choice is not a particularly high-ranking consumer need.

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    Greene King trialling delivery and order and pay app


    Greene King has been trialling delivery of certain dishes at some of its pubs as it looks to ascertain what the right customer offer should be, MCA has learnt.

  • Wetherspoons
    Analysis & Insight

    JDW top brand for awareness and usage


    JD Wetherspoon was the top pub brand for awareness and usage, though visit share growth has plateaued at dinner time, while falling at breakfast and lunch, MCA’s Pub Brand Monitor reveals.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Loungers – the one and only?


    This week, Loungers announced its much-anticipated intention to float. One line in the accompanying documentation caught the eye of MCA market insight director, Steve Gotham – that Loungers is “the only growing all-day operator of scale in in the UK with a strong reputation for value for money”. He delves into MCA’s wealth of data to determine whether this claim stacks up.

  • Eating out
    Analysis & Insight

    Family friendly winners unveiled


    By 2045 one in seven UK residents will be over the age of 75, with the inevitable impact on the spread of generations being catered for by the hospitality sector. MCA’s market insight director, Steve Gotham, looks at which operators are best placed to appeal to a multi-generational family.

  • Hungry Horse
    Analysis & Insight

    Spotlight on the value led branded pub market


    Brand expert Ian Dunstall casts his eye over a segment over the market that is often overlooked in analysis despite being a financial power house – the value pub market. He rates the leading brands and looks at how many have reinvented themselves to better align with the modern consumer.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Study claims restaurant and pub dishes unhealthier than fast food


    A study by the British Medical Journal has suggested food served in pub and restaurant chains is unhealthier than that of fast-food chains.

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    GK: Brands, dark kitchens and local decision-making


    Following yesterday’s half-year results announcement from Greene King, MCA spoke to chief executive Rooney Anand. He discussed moving the Greene King pub model into food for the first time; the company’s experiments with dark kitchens; the changing patterns of consumer behaviour and why the best innovation begins at pub level

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    GK managed lfls up 2.7% in H1


    Greene King has reported like-for-like (lfl) sales up 2.7% in its managed Pub Company arm over the 24 weeks to 14 October and said lfl net income in its tenanted and leased Pub Partners estate had also risen.

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    The end of an era


    Yesterday’s announcement that Greene King chief executive, Rooney Anand, would be stepping down from his role in April marks the end of a remarkable 14-year tenure for the first non-family member to run the company in its 220-year history. James Wallin assesses Anand’s legacy and asks where the company goes next.

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    Analysts corner: Greene King


    We round-up the views of analysts at Hargreaves Lansdown, JP Morgan, Goodbody, and Citi – with more than one believing the company’s shares are undervalued.

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    Darren Traynor swaps Pesto for Chopstix


    Chopstix Group has appointed Darren Traynor as its new operations director, MCA has learnt.

  • Money
    Analysis & Insight

    Two out of three operators implement regional pricing


    On average, two out of three operators surveyed in MCA’s latest Menu Tracker report vary their prices dependent on region, with JD Wetherspoon, All Bar One and O’Neill’s among the operators with the largest differentials.

  • Pubs
    Analysis & Insight

    Pubs show restraint on price hikes


    Pubs continue to show restraint in putting up prices, the latest MCA data has shown.