All Itsu articles – Page 5

  • Wagamama Rushden Lakes
    Analysis & Insight

    ‘TRG now has a future’


    The legacy of Andy McCue’s truncated time as chief executive of The Restaurant Group is, as well all know, the £559m acquisition of Wagamama. When the deal squeaked through last year, there was widespread scepticism over the longevity of its stellar like-for-like sales growth.

  • News

    Pure appoints Takhamt as first COO


    Healthy grab and go brand Pure has appointed Said Takhamt, formerly of Pret, itsu and Eat, as its first chief operating officer.

  • wrapchic

    Wrapchic bought out of administration


    Indian-Mexican fusion burrito brand Wraphic has been bought out of administration after being impacted by “issues with franchisees”.

  • Prezzo Beckenham

    Prezzo appoints David Haimes to Board


    Prezzo has appointed David Haimes as non-executive Director. Haimes has spent over 20 years in the food and drink industry, including CEO of Obikà Mozzarella Bars & Restaurants and MD at brands including Yum! Brands, Itsu, Luminar Leisure and Tchibo GB.

  • Just Eat laptop

    Just Eat acquires City Pantry to enter B2B catering


    Just Eat has snapped up City Pantry for an initial £16m.

  • Clive Schlee
    Analysis & Insight

    Change is afoot


    This year has already seen the departure of a fair few long-standing chief executives in the eating and drinking out sector, with the news that Clive Schlee will be stepping down from his role at Pret after 16 years sure to have caused a few surprised expressions yesterday. MCA’s deputy editor Georgi Gyton looks at the legacy he will leave, and what his departure may mean for Pret. Featuring additional commentary from MCA contributing editor Peter Martin.

  • Itsu gyoza
    Analysis & Insight

    Heating up: Itsu’s growing hot food sales


    The grab-and-go chain’s group marketing director speaks to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about how past successes are informing future menu development.

  • itsu

    Itsu lines up Victoria station site as part of push into travel hubs


    Itsu is to open a new site within London Victoria train station, as it pushes forward with its plans to expand within travel hubs, MCA has learnt.

  • Quiz

    Gotham’s Easter quiz


    With the Easter bank holiday weekend almost upon us, MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham offers up a bit of a light-hearted break from the norm with a test of your knowledge of the eating and drinking out market.

  • Pile of newspapers

    Weekend press round-up 9-10 March 2019


    Tortilla exploring options The restaurant chain Tortilla has been placed on the block by its backers, including the private equity firm Quilvest. The Mexican food chain, which is opening its 37th UK site this week, has appointed advisers from Spayne Lindsay. Sunday Times HSBC chokes on ...

  • Chopd
    Analysis & Insight

    Food to go diversifies away from London


    The Food to Go sector is diversifying away from London at the same time as reacting to changing consumer needs – with food quality now just as important as speed and convenience, the latest MCA data shows.

  • Opinion

    Changing through the gears


    On the back of securing investment from private equity group TriSpan, Mark Wingett speaks to Thunderbird Fried Chicken founder Matt Harris, new chief executive Marcel Khan, and property director Kieran Sherlock about what that means for the business, and looks at what it means for the wider better chicken category, which could be set to take off after several false starts.

  • Thunderbird Fried Chicken (l-r) Matt Harris and Marcel Khan

    TriSpan backs Thunderbird Fried Chicken rollout


    Private equity firm TriSpan has made its second UK investment, backing the rollout of street food star Thunderbird Fried Chicken, MCA has learnt.

  • Sushi

    Sushimania looks to add up to four this year


    Sushimania is looking to add another three or four sites to its estate in the next 12 months, and is currently negotiating on sites in St Albans and Camden, MCA understands.

  • Itsu exterior

    Itsu appoints new marketing director


    Itsu, the Julian Metcalfe-led chain, has appointed Jemima Ferguson, formerly of COOK Trading, as its new group brand and marketing director.

  • Pret Nice Airport
    Analysis & Insight

    Getting to grips with the urban grab-and-go space


    In the latest of a series of articles on brand propositions within the key segments of the eating and drinking-out industry, Ian Dunstall looks at the key players in this largely lunch-led market sector.

  • French food-to-go concept Cojean launched in London late last year

    Cojean builds pipeline


    Cojean, the Parisian healthy fast food concept, has launched its third site in London, with another two due to open early in 2019.

  • Hop Vietnamese

    HOP secures flagship site at Cheesegrater


    HOP, the Vietnamese inspired concept, has secured the former Bel-Air site at the Cheesegrater building for a flagship, new format restaurant and bar site, MCA has learnt.

  • Pod

    POD appoints new head of operations


    POD, the London-based grab-and-go concept, has appointed Andres Sanchez, formerly of Itsu, as its new head of operations.

  • Uber

    Uber Eats partners with Flyt on PoS


    Uber Eats has announced a partnership with Flyt, which will allow restaurants to integrate their food delivery sales into their existing PoS systems.