January 2019

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  • MCA Eating Out - Consumer Dashboard January 2019
    Consumer Dashboard

    Consumer Dashboard - January 2019


    Economic and political anxiety continues to take its toll on the Eating Out market, as consumers reduce their eating out frequency at all meal occasions. Lunch suffered the heaviest decline in frequency and is now at the lowest level recorded from the Eating Out Panel. Consumers, concerned with watching their wallets, are opting to skip lunch or prepare more lunches at home rather than eating out at restaurants, with pubs and chain restaurants experiencing the largest declines in share of lunch visits. Average spend has risen at all meal-times with dinner seeing the strongest growth, outpacing menu price inflation. Sandwich retailers have grown in popularity at breakfast and lunch from last year, reflecting the growing popularity of convenient and affordable on-the-go food.

  • Pastaio

    Pastaio lines up two sites for 2019


    Pastaio owner Shemeel Khan has told MCA he is working towards two new restaurant sites this year, part of a plan to build a mini-chain out of the pasta concept. Khan is the biggest shareholder of Pastaio, which is fronted by chef Stevie Parle, and has a single ...

  • Casual Dining Brand Growth Analysis and Forecast 2016 - 2019 Cover
    Brand Analysis

    Casual Dining Brand Growth Analysis and Forecast 2016 - 2019


    Both traditional and contemporary fast food segments growing amidst branded restaurant and pub/bar restaurant decline. Growth from the leading casual dining brands is being led by fast food, with both brands in traditional and contemporary fast food set to see segment growth in 2019. Fast food operators often benefit from using franchise models and smaller format stores, equating to more risk-adverse site additions. Fast food also benefits from being a lower ticket eating out occasion, hit less by the tightened purse strings of cost-conscious consumers.

  • MCA journal January 2019

    January 2019


    We look at the worrying signals from the health lobby about possible intervention in the way people eat and drink. Are proposals for calorie caps on specific dishes just the latest scare story or could it become a reality? We also profile the new brand from PizzaExpress, and talk to Bombay-style café concept Dishoom about taking their time rolling out into the regions, and Arc Inspirations, who have punchier plans and are looking for the backing to achieve it.

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

    Thunderbird to open in former Pieminister site


    Thunderbird Fried Chicken is to open its first site in the former Pieminister restaurant at 10 Market Row, Brixton.

  • Shelley Sandzer partners

    Shelley Sandzer to establish international division


    Leisure property agency Shelley Sandzer has appointed co-founder Philip Sandzer to head up a new division that will work with international operators seeking to expand in the UK, as well as UK brands looking to establish a presence overseas.

  • Sushi Daily breakfast range

    How Sushi Daily plans to make it on the high street


    Building on its existing empire of supermarket kiosks, the brand hopes to take things in a more experimental direction at its debut bricks-and-mortar site, as MCA’s sister title Food Spark finds out.

  • Battersea Power Station

    Megan’s lines up fifth London café


    Megan’s, the London-based café and deli, has lined up a fifth site, in Battersea, MCA understands.

  • News

    Leon sees 21% increase in vegan meal sales


    Leon, the healthy fast food chain, has seen a 21% increase in the sales of vegan meals sold since January 2018.

  • Patisserie Valerie

    Pat Val estate ‘likely to be sold off in chunks’


    Ahead of today’s deadline for initial bids for the remaining Patisserie Holdings estate, it is looking increasingly likely that it will be sold off in chunks.