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Dark Star

Fuller’s acquires Dark Star

20 Feb 2018

Fuller’s is set to enhance its craft beer credentials after acquiring West Sussex-based Dark Star Brewing for an undisclosed sum, MCA has learnt.

Vapiano

Vapiano announces three London openings

20 Feb 2018

Vapiano is to double its London estate with three new openings in 2018, MCA understands.

Jamie's Italian interior

Jamie Oliver’s restaurants saw 28% business rates hike

19 Feb 2018

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has seen business rates rise 28% across its estate in the last year, according to analysis by Colliers.

eating sandwiches

Top of Mind poll shows resilience across sector

16 Feb 2018

MCA’s Top of Mind survey – based on interviews with leading figures across the eating and drinking-out sector – has shown a further decline in confidence about the trading environment, with only 25% feeling positive.

HOP

Focus on: south east Asian dining concepts

15 Feb 2018 | By Georgi Gyton

Following the announcement that Leon is to open a Thai-inspired ‘fast food’ pop-up within one of its West End stores, in April, MCA took a look at how the market for south east Asian cuisine is performing and what’s expected in 2018

UK food-to-go market data and insight

Food To Go market faces bump in the road

13 Feb 2018

Growth in the Food To Go (FTG) market is showing signs of subsiding but recovery will be aided by the rise of healthier products, more affordable sustainability and tech-led convenience, the latest MCA data shows.

Beer Hawk

AB InBev eyes Beer Hawk pub sites

22 Feb 2018

AB InBev is exploring options to launch Beer Hawk through two bricks and mortar formats

Bar Soba

Bar Soba changes management team

22 Feb 2018

Bar Soba has made a number of key changes to its management team, which has seen founder Brad Stevens step away from the business

Baygo targets 10 sites

22 Feb 2018

Baygo, the contemporary Caribbean grab and go concept, is looking to reach 10 sites in the next three years, MCA has learnt.

Killer Tomato places sites on the market

22 Feb 2018

Killer Tomato, the fledgling burritos, tacos and cocktails concept, has placed both of its sites on the market

PizzaExpress at Welcome Break

Welcome Break to begin PizzaExpress rollout

22 Feb 2018

Welcome Break is to begin the extension of its partnership with PizzaExpress with a further opening at South Mimms services

Intu

Intu says leisure now makes up 13% of rent

22 Feb 2018

Intu saw footfall at its UK shopping centres increase by 0.1% during 2017.

Living Ventures' Australasia concept

LV sweeps the board at Casual Dining Awards

22 Feb 2018

Living Ventures, wagamama, Bistrot Pierre, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Loungers, The Alchemist, Flat Iron, GBK, and The New World Trading Co were among the winners at the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2018.

Carlsberg relaunches London Fields

22 Feb 2018

London Fields Brewery has relaunched, under the ownership of Carlsberg and with new head brewer, Talfryn Provis-Evans.

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People drinking better not more: an opportunity, not a threat

20 Feb 2018

Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes talks about the opportunities presented by increasingly moderate and responsible relationships with alcohol around the world

Eat cafe

Something to chew on

15 Feb 2018

EAT has become the latest sector operator to come under the restructuring spotlight, and although the business may have to lose a significant number of sites, there are signs of some positivity, writes Mark Wingett

Wahaca

Innovation is on the menu, but the price has to be right

12 Feb 2018

Which operators are making the greatest strides in evolving their product offer, who stands out for their approach to pricing? Steve Gotham looks at what data from MCA’s Menu Tracker can tell us on the crucial subjects of price and product innovation.

Honest Burgers exterior

An Honest Approach

09 Feb 2018 | By Mark Wingett

This year is set to be significant for Honest Burgers as it gears up to expand its offer into the regions. Its co-founders explain how, in a crowded and unpredictable market, they see honesty as the best policy.

Alex Dumphy, Addleshaw Goddard

What backers want to hear

07 Feb 2018

With high-profile cases of restructuring and site closures becoming more common across the eating-out sector, what does this mean for investment? Alex Dumphy, of law firm Addleshaw Goddard, examines what operators can do to ensure lenders remain on-side during turbulent times for the sector.

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