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The latest industry developments and trends analysed

A subscription to MCA News & Insight provides you with timely and verified information on the events taking place in the eating and drinking out industry right now, from company and brand updates, to people moves and shifting consumer trends.

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Bagel Factory

Bagel Factory to open revamped concept in Canary Wharf

17 Aug 2018

Bagel Factory is to open a site in Canary Wharf Underground station under a revamped concept, as it looks to double its footprint by the end of 2019

Papa John's

Williams appointed MD at Papa John’s UK

17 Aug 2018

Liz Williams has joined Papa John’s as managing director for the UK, MCA understands.

Gaucho logo

Hong Kong-based bank takes Gaucho position

17 Aug 2018

SC Lowy, Hong Kong-based boutique investment bank, is believed to have taken a position in Gaucho, which was placed into administration last month.


Humpit eyes university rollout after securing Newcastle Union site

17 Aug 2018

Humpit, the Venturian-backed hummus and pita bar concept, is eyeing university expansion across the North of England after securing its fifth site, in Newcastle University Union, MCA has learnt.

A PongConnect table

Hong Kong beer pong concept PONG opening in Kings Cross

17 Aug 2018

Pong, a high-tech beer pong and premium bar concept, is coming to London’s King Cross, MCA understands.


Carlsberg UK volumes down 5%

17 Aug 2018

Carlsberg saw double digit growth in the UK for its premium brands in the half year to 30 June but a drop in market share for its eponymous brand meant total volume decline of 5% in the territory.

London skyline

Kosebasi in renewed effort to find first UK site

17 Aug 2018

Award-winning global restaurant brand Kosebasi is once again on the lookout for a site in London.


Porky’s BBQ converts remaining One Bourbon Tavern

17 Aug 2018

Porky’s BBQ has converted its one remaining One Bourbon Tavern site in West Hampstead into another eponymous site.

Hudsons secures new site

Hudsons secures third site for its American brasserie

17 Aug 2018

Hudsons American Brasserie has secured its third site in north London.


Karma to expand UK presence with $12m investment

17 Aug 2018

Karma, a food waste platform for restaurants, will use its $12m Series A investment round to accelerate its expansion in the UK, as well as expand to new European markets.

Opera Tavern

Urban Pubs acquires Opera Tavern from Salt Yard

17 Aug 2018

Urban Pubs & Bars has acquired the Opera Tavern in Covent Garden from the Salt Yard Group.


Cosmo eyes 100 PizzaSqr sites in five years

17 Aug 2018

PizzaSqr, the spin-off brand from Cosmo, plans to reach 100 stores over the next five years following its launch in the West Midlands.

Beacon Ei

EiG grows Beacon past 250 milestone

17 Aug 2018

Ei Group has grown its managed tenancy model, Beacon, to over 250 sites.


Wellington Pizza Pub closes two of five sites

16 Aug 2018

Atlas Pub Co has closed two of its five Wellington Pizza sites.

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Pure thoughts

08 Aug 2018

Mark Wingett talks to Pure co-founder Spencer Craig about giving people a reason to visit his stores, becoming the concept of choice for landlords and working with Whitbread

By Chloe

Vegan trend picks up momentum in the States

08 Aug 2018

In her latest profile of trends in US dining, Kerstin Kuhn, looks at the chains that are taking vegan cuisine mainstream across the state

Marcel Khan

A Novel Idea: No 2. How Brands Grow

03 Aug 2018

Every month, former Five Guys operations and development director Marcel Khan reads a book (so you don’t have to) and applies insight to the sector based on what he’s learned between the covers and beyond. This month: How Brands Grow by Byron Sharp

The chef isn’t always right

31 Jul 2018

The days of consumers having blind faith in a restaurant provenance claims are over. David Read, chairman of Prestige Purchasing, looks at how technology is being used to provide greater transparency and build trust between operators and customers, as well as fusing procurement and marketing.

Green King logo

Analysts corner – Citi on Greene King

31 Jul 2018

Analysts at Citi have given their view Greene King, saying it believes the concerns around the share price are overdone.

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