All MCA Insight articles in January 2021

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  • Mark Davies Hawthorn

    Mark Davies: ‘Pubs are safer than shops’


    Hawthorn CEO Mark Davies is the latest pubco boss to call on the Prime Minister to offer strong support for the sector in his upcoming reopening announcement.

  • Hostech 2021

    Hostech returns for 2021


    Hosetch returns this month as a month-long virtual event and editorial series, bringing you the latest developments in digital technology in the hospitality industry.

  • Kate Nicholls 055

    Kate Nicholls: ‘All eyes are on Israel’


    The Government is adopting a ‘watch and wait’ approach to its business exit strategy, and any clarity on reopening is unlikely until the end of this month, MCA’s The Conversation has heard.

  • Marstons

    Marston’s piques private equity interest


    Marston’s has confirmed reports that Platinum Equity has made an initial approach to take the company private.

  • Eat Out to Help Out
    Analysis & Insight

    Data shows ‘no correlation’ between Eat Out to Help Out and rising infection rates


    The Chancellor’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been defended by the Treasury, with new data disputing claims that the initiative led to a rise in coronavirus cases.

  • News

    MCA’s digital January edition - available to read now


    In our first issue of the year, MCA brings you all the highlights from our virtual Restaurant Conference, featuring exclusive interviews with Azzurri Group CEO Steve Holmes, Zoe Bowley, MD, Pizza Express and Nick Collins, CEO, Loungers, and many more leading operators in the hospitality sector.

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    JANUARY 2021


    In our first issue of the year, MCA brings you all the highlights from our virtual Restaurant Conference, featuring exclusive interviews with Azzurri Group CEO Steve Holme, Zoe Bowley, MD, Pizza Express and Nick Collins, CEO, Loungers, and many more leading lights in the hospitality sector. Elsewhere in the issue we interview Peter Marks, CEO of Rekom UK (formerly Deltic), Just Eat’s MD Andrew Kenny and Dishoom co-founder Shamil Thakrar. The January issue also features the opinions of our regular columnists, MCA contributing editor Peter Martin and Dominic Walsh, the key talking points from The Conversation, and the latest news, people moves and openings from the past month.

  • McDonald's Happy Meal

    McDonald’s UK sees uplift in like-for-like sales


    McDonald’s UK has seen an uplift in like-for-like (lfl) sales, which were positive throughout Q4, reversing the trend seen in the previous quarter.

  • Wok&Go Cambridge

    Pheby Food Concepts Group lines up nationwide roll-out


    Wok & Go parent company Pheby Food Concepts Group plans to open 170 new sites over the next five years, founder Des Pheby has told MCA.

  • Coppa Club

    Various Eateries obtains £2.5m BII payout


    Various Eateries has received an interim payment of £2.5m under its Business Interruption Insurance (BII) policy and is in negotiations regarding additional claims.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Three-quarters of operators would prefer delayed reopening to restrictions – poll


    Three-quarters (76%) of operators asked would rather delay reopening their businesses in order to operate with no restrictions rather than open early with high or very high-tiered restrictions, the latest Lumina Intelligence’s Hospitality Leaders Poll has revealed.

  • Eating out
    Analysis & Insight

    Pent up consumer demand to boost sector


    Pent up consumer demand for the dine-in experience is expected to boost the restaurant sector in the coming year, but market forces mean growth will still be well down on pre-Covid times, according to the latest research from Lumina Intelligence.

  • David Page

    David Page: ‘It’s a frustrating experience, not being in charge’


    Franco Manca chairman David Page has spoken of the frustration, but inevitability, of working with delivery partners during the pandemic.


    Retailer’s Retailer finalists revealed


    We are delighted to announce the finalists for MCA’s Retailer’s Retailer of the Year Awards 2021, with voting now underway.

  • Nick Weir - Shelley Sandzer

    Shelley Sandzer: The phoenixes are rising


    Our sector is full of creative people, innovators and entrepreneurs. We already knew that pre-pandemic, but the successive lockdowns have brought out the best in a sector hit the hardest of all in the UK. 

  • Diageo

    Diageo pivots to UK retail


    Diageo grew net sales by 2% in Britain, with growth in retail more than offsetting declines due to restrictions and closures of pubs and bars, in Q2 2020.

  • Britvic

    Britvic drives at-home sales


    Britvic has reported adjusted revenues were down 5.8% to £328.1m in the three months to December 2020.

  • Fever-Tree

    Fever-Tree grows global trade amid home decline


    UK revenues at Fever-Tree declined by 22% to £103m in 2020, though this mostly was offset by growth in Europe and the US, leading to a more modest global decline of 3%, and total revenues of £252m.

  • Eric French

    Deliveroo appoints ex-Amazon VP to exec team


    Deliveroo has further strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Eric French, formerly of Amazon, as chief marketplace officer.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Hospitality sales down 54% in 2020


    Hospitality lost out on over half of its expected sales in 2020, with back-to-back lockdowns and ever-increasing restrictions costing the sector approximately £200m a day.