All MCA Insight articles in January 2018

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  • Steve-Gotham-MCA-Insight-director-of-insights
    Analysis & Insight

    You need friends – and friendly service


    In the first of a new series of regular columns MCA’s market insight director, Steve Gotham, shares some key findings from our Eating Out Panel data of 6,000 monthly consumer interviews. On the back of recent comments from Marco Pierre White that service was more important than food in ensuring fine dining success, Steve takes a look at which brands in the wider sector are delivering on service standards and how the dial has moved over the past year.

  • Puttshack

    SEV eyes Puttshack international debut


    The chief executive of Bounce operator Social Entertainment Ventures has said there is potential for the company to open in up to 70 metropolitan areas in the United States.

  • News

    Analysts Corner: Peel Hunt on Ei Group


    In advance of Ei Group’s Q1 update next Thursday (8 February), leading analysts Douglas Jack and Ivor Jones from Peel Hunt share their views on what we can expect.

  • Hop Stuff Brewery

    Hop Stuff Brewery eyeing up south west expansion


    Hop Stuff Brewery has revealed it is looking for sites in the south west of England as it continues its aggressive expansion, managing director James Yeomans has told MCA.

  • News

    Havenhand swaps CDG for Coffee#1


    SA Brain has appointed Jonathan Havenhand, formerly of Casual Dining Group, to head up the acquisitions and estate management of its Coffee#1 brand, MCA has learnt.

  • Analysis & Insight

    Breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea bookings soar


    Breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea occasions in the eating out sector are experiencing a huge surge in popularity, according to new figures from restaurant booking platform OpenTable.

  • Dr-Lisa-Ackerley
    Analysis & Insight

    How trends can be more harmful than helpful


    Dr Lisa Ackerley, food safety adviser at the British Hospitality Association, explains why slates wooden boards are not always a good idea

  • News

    Paddy & Scott's signs Middle East JV


    Paddy & Scott’s, the Suffolk coffee shop operator and roaster, has signed a joint venture in the Middle East with the El-Sadek Investment Group LLC, MCA understands.

  • News

    Peach takes on 19th pub


    Peach Pub Company has taken on its 19th site with the acquisition this week of The Bear & Ragged Staff, in the village of Cumnor, Oxfordshire.

  • News

    Hickory’s FY turnover up 15%


    Hickory’s, the Piper-backed smokehouse operator, grew turnover 15% to £16.6m in the year to 30 April.

  • TGI Fridays

    TGI Fridays reviews options


    Electra Partners, the private equity backers of TGI Fridays UK, has appointed advisers to review its options for the group

  • Bill's

    Fox foots bill for lack of exit


    Mark Fox yesterday became the latest sector head to leave his post, as the shareholders of Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed chain, seemingly lost patience in their search for an exit and looked to ex-Punch chief executive Duncan Garrood to lead the c80-strong business

  • McDonalds store design

    McDonald’s UK up to 270 McDelivery sites


    McDonald’s UK extended its McDelivery service to 270 restaurants in the fourth quarter and also reported strong consumer interest in its Meals Under low-calorie range.

  • News

    Britvic Q1 UK revenue up 1%


    Britvic has reported UK revenue up 1% in its first quarter, to 24 December, driven by a 4.9% increase in carbonates sales.

  • News

    Manjaros heading to Newcastle


    Manjaros, the African-Caribbean restaurant concept opening in Newcastle.

  • News

    Shu Xiangge to double up


    Shu Xiangge, the Chinese hot pot restaurant, has opened a second site at 10 Gerrard Street in Chinatown London.

  • News

    Feast Canteen confirms line-up


    Feast Canteen, the Incipio Group’s latest opening in Hammersmith, has confirmed Made of Dough, Sinchow, Patty & Bun, Breddos Tacos and Salvation in Noodles are joining the line-up of operators.

  • News

    On the Dak could be rolled out


    On the Bab founder Linda Lee has told MCA her new chicken concept On the Dak has potential to be rolled out into different formats. Lee, who also operates Koba restaurant and Mee Market, said the new restaurant, set to open in 1 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, would capitalise on ...

  • Harvester logo

    Harvester targets “silent majority” for guest feedback


    Mitchells & Butlers’ Harvester brand has seen an 18% hike in its number of guest promoters after trialling a scheme aimed at tapping into the “silent majority” of customers usually reluctant to give feedback.

  • Domino's pizza

    Brand watch: Domino’s Pizza


    Despite the ever-widening range of options for consumers in the home delivery market, Domino’s remains the best known operator and continues to grow sales. Georgi Gyton examines how the brand has focussed on offering a different experience to many of its competitors in the delivery field.