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    Food to Go Conference - View Now

    MCA’s annual Food to Go Conference streamed online on Tuesday 23rd March 2021, a must-see event for senior operators, suppliers, investors and other sector stakeholders.

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    Pret rejects Metcalfe lockdown comments amid uproar


    Itsu CEO Julian Metcalfe has caused outrage after saying society will not recover another lockdown in order to save “a few thousand lives of very old or vulnerable people”.

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    ​Julian Metcalfe lambasts PM’s ‘exaggerated nonsense’


    Itsu CEO Julian Metcalfe has savaged Prime Minister Boris Johnson for “spouting Churchillian nonsense” and called a new six-month call to work from home “criminal”.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Snapshot: Itsu ‘store of the future’ in pictures


    Itsu, the Asian-inspired, healthy fast-food brand, has unveiled its new ‘Store of the Future’ concept, which uses robot technology.

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    Itsu to reopen train station stores


    Itsu is set to reopen a selection of its travel hub sites this week, following calls from the Prime Minister that people should return to work if they can.

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    Itsu hopes to cut rents on 53 sites in CVA


    Itsu plans to close two and cut rents on 53 of its sites by means of a company voluntary arrangement.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Analysis: Clinging to life in the ghost town


    London, you may have heard, is a ghost town. In the latest round of borderline dystopian statistics to surface as a result of the pandemic, just 7,000 of the 120,000 workers based in Canary Wharf are back at their desks. And although office workers across the capital may be thrilled to be without the twice daily commuter Hunger Games, for those in hospitality, a few stifling minutes on the Central line is a non-issue if the alternative is unemployment. In the last month alone, city-based to-go brands including Wasabi, Tossed, Pret and most recently Itsu have appointed advisors to assess their options, but whilst, historically, the mention of advisors might ring alarm bells, faced with the current economic climate, it could be time to shed the stigma.

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    Itsu explores restructure


    Itsu has become the latest high street name to appoint advisors to explore a potential restructure.

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    Deliveroo and restaurant CEOs warn of grave damage ahead


    Deliveroo has teamed up with a host of restaurant CEOs including Itsu Founder and CEO Julian Metcalfe, Pret CEO Pano Christou, Wagamama CEO Emma Woods, and Neil Manhas, GM of Pizza Hut, to urge the government to provide an increased level of support for the industry. It has sent a letter to the PM, signed by 90 CEOs representing over 1,000 restaurants, to call for action over issues including cutting VAT on restaurant food and extending the JRS for restaurants while social distancing measures remain in place.

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    Downey: Prepare for long period of closure


    The idea that operators will be able to reopen their businesses in the near future has been dismissed as a “confusion of optimism”, MCA’s The Conversation has heard.

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    Deliveroo NHS campaign raises £1.5m


    A Deliveroo campaign to feed NHS staff has raised more than £1.5m, which will go towards its pledge to provide 500,000 free meals.

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    Deliveroo, Leon, Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks lead the way on NHS fundraisers


    Over the weekend, operators including Deliveroo, Leon Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks launched fundraising campaigns to support NHS staff and frontline workers. 

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    Pizza Hut leads donations for Deliveroo NHS appeal


    Pizza Hut is leading donations towards a Deliveroo appeal to give 500,000 meals to NHS workers.

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    Why are big brands abandoning takeaway and delivery?


    Takeaway and delivery last week emerged as a possible silver lining to the biblical storm clouds posing an existential threat to the restaurant and bar industry.

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    Subway, Tortilla, Pure and Wahaca to shut down entirely


    Subway and Tortilla will close all of their restaurants for delivery, takeaway and collection today.

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    McDonalds, Nando’s and Pret among brands to close entire estate


    McDonalds, Nando’s and Starbucks are among a list of operators that have announced estate-wide closures following Friday’s Government announcement.

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    Loungers, Fuller’s and BRG announce closures, to-go transitions continue


    Loungers is the latest operator to announce an estate-wide temporary restaurant closure due to the impact of COVID-19, and Fuller’s will close all London pubs. 

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    Pret spends £20m on allergy overhaul


    Pret A Manger spent £20m last year on anti-allergy measures, including full ingredients labelling, as it overhauled safety measures after the deaths of two people who had eaten its products, The Financial Times reports.

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    Bourke joins Wireless Social as NED


    ETM Group director of sales and marketing Sam Bourke has taken on additional role as non-executive director of Wireless Social.

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    Instagram: Looking Good Enough To Eat


    No dish reaches the candy pink menu at EL&N cafe without having its photo taken first. The chain’s head of food Daniel Booth will “play around with dishes during the development process, taking photos to see how they look through a lens before finalising them,” says head of marketing Sahar Mahdavian. The result is immaculate. Sambazon acai smoothie bowls and edible flowers perch pristinely on ancient grain granola, more modern art than breakfast.