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    JKS CEO Jyotin Sethi: ‘There’s a whole new dynamic being established’


    The flagship names in the JKS collection, Gymkhana, Trishna and Brigadiers, are not the type of premium restaurants one would expect to readily translate into delivery.

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    What it’s like to operate in lockdown part six: Caffè Nero


    Caffè Nero Group CEO Gerry Ford talks to MCA about the extent of necessary on-site safety protocols, the encouraging response from staff and consumers so far, and what the business plans to do next.

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    Mother Clucker co-founder Brittney Bean: The economics of delivery don’t stack up


    Without a national timeout on rent, restaurants having to operate a delivery-focused business model through the phased reopening period “would never stack up economically,” Brittney Bean, Mother Clucker co-founder has told MCA.

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    Brewdog finds lifeline in retail while plotting return to bars


    Brewdog’s revenue from brewing and retail has provided a lifeline during lockdown – but the company remains committed to reopening its bars in the future, COO David McDowall has told MCA.

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    KFC’s Jo Tivers: “I love pickled and fermented ingredients - they go so well with the KFC Original Recipe”


    KFC’s NPD team lead discusses the success of its Vegan Burger, where KFC plans to take its plant-based menu next and why texture is too often overlooked by product developers.

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    The Italian Job


    Jon Knight has had an eventful first six months at the helm of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, having guided the company through a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and set about reconnecting the group’s celebrity founder with his restaurants. He talks to James Wallin about what growth looks like post-CVA, how the group is aiming to come off the discounting drug and how the brand would cope if Oliver’s star began to fade.

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    Nip and Tuk


    Health-focused chain Leon has partnered with David Thompson’s Aylmer Aaharn food group to transform its Shaftesbury Avenue site into a Thai fast food restaurant that could become a major growth brand. Restaurant magazine deputy editor Joe Lutrario meets Leon founder John Vincent to discuss the prospects for Tuk Shop.

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    New chains shaping the healthy high street


    Canadian fast-casual chain Freshii launched in the UK earlier this year with ambitious plans to capitalise on the appetite for healthy eating. The expansion on these shores is being headed up by POD co-founder, Kate Skerritt, who spoke to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about where she sees the future of food.

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    Urban on M&B’s “engine room”


    MCA spoke to Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) chief executive, Phil Urban, on the back of yesterday’s half-year results. He discussed the next stage of the group’s transformation programme, including bolder pricing strategies on a local basis. He also talked about consolidation in the Stonehouse brand, further evolution of Harvester and the revival of O’Neill’s; as well as the scope for pay at table and delivery options.

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    Marston’s “will continue to land bank sites”


    Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has told MCA the group will continue to land bank sites despite revising down its growth targets for next year.

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    Focus on: Marston’s Destination


    Iain Jackson, who heads up Marston’s c350-strong Destination division spoke to MCA about the growth of the group’s Firebrand and Accent divisions and the scope he sees for further expansion. He also discussed how he has restructured his teams into smaller units that can react more swiftly to changing consumer trends, and the creation of a dedicated openings team, to follow sites through from acquisition to the handover to ops teams.

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    Fuelling growth


    Jo Cumming, co-owner of Food & Fuel, the food-led pub operator, talks to Mel Flaherty about expansion, working with Ei Group, the biggest changes she has seen across the industry and embracing the needs of Millennials

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    Homeslice - putting pizza centre stage


    With a disregard for any rules and a left-field approach to toppings, it’s clearly no traditional pizzeria. But, as Mel Flaherty found out, Homeslice is carving out a name for itself in an increasingly congested sector

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    New Diageo boss outlines spirit giant’s big plans


    Diageo’s UK operations are in good form, but the spirit giant’s new boss Charles Ireland has big plans to shake things up while he’s in office

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    Inside Track: Eco principles in a fast food world


    Eco chef Arthur Potts Dawson discusses the challenges of running fast food burger restaurant BurgerFi with sustainable principles.

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    ​The life of Simon


    Earlier this summer, Simon Kossoff, co-founder, former chairman and chief executive of Carluccio’s, stepped down from the business, which had been his life for 17 years. He talks to Mark Wingett about the brand’s birth, development and his legacy

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    Pret at 30


    Pret A Manger chief executive Clive Schlee talks to Mark Wingett about the key challenges facing the $1bn company as it celebrates its 30th birthday

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    Five minutes with..... Dylan Murray, Drake & Morgan


    MCA talks to Drake & Morgan operations director Dylan Murray about the group’s plans for the Corney & Barrow estate; why Soho House is like no other business and why he’d like to take hospitality to the skies

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    Building the modern pub


    Philip Turner, the founder of East Anglia-based The Chestnut Group, talks to MCA about building his version of the modern pub.

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    Cosy Club in the comfort zone


    Loungers co-founder Jake Bishop talks to James Wallin about what the future holds for Cosy Club, why the brand is able to outpace the competition and explains the Loungers version of top trumps.