All MCA Insight articles in January 2021

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  • Mark Davies Hawthorn
    News

    Mark Davies: ‘Pubs are safer than shops’

    2021-02-19T16:41:00Z

    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
    News

    Hostech returns for 2021

    2021-02-02T08:32:00Z

    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
    Interviews

    Kate Nicholls: ‘All eyes are on Israel’

    2021-02-02T08:31:00Z

    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
    News

    Marston’s piques private equity interest

    2021-01-29T11:49:00Z

    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

    2021-01-29T11:28:00Z

    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

    2021-01-29T10:47:00Z

    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.

  • Jan 21 Cover
    News

    JANUARY 2021

    2021-01-29T09:03:00Z

    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
    News

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

    2021-01-29T08:15:00Z

    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
    News

    Pheby Food Concepts Group lines up nationwide roll-out

    2021-01-29T08:15:00Z

    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
    News

    Various Eateries obtains £2.5m BII payout

    2021-01-29T08:15:00Z

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

  • GettyImages-eating out
    Analysis & Insight

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

    2021-01-29T08:14:00Z

    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

    2021-01-29T08:14:00Z

    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
    Interviews

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

    2021-01-29T08:14:00Z

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

  • RROTY
    News

    Retailer’s Retailer finalists revealed

    2021-01-29T08:13:00Z

    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
    Opinion

    Shelley Sandzer: The phoenixes are rising

    2021-01-28T08:43:00Z

    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
    News

    Diageo pivots to UK retail

    2021-01-28T08:43:00Z

    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
    News

    Britvic drives at-home sales

    2021-01-28T08:43:00Z

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

  • Fever-Tree
    News

    Fever-Tree grows global trade amid home decline

    2021-01-28T08:43:00Z

    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
    News

    Deliveroo appoints ex-Amazon VP to exec team

    2021-01-28T08:42:00Z

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

  • GettyImages-1227064262
    Analysis & Insight

    Hospitality sales down 54% in 2020

    2021-01-28T08:42:00Z

    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.