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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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Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers festive lfls up 22.2%

18 Jan 2019

Honest Burgers saw like-for-like sales grow 22.2% in the three weeks to 6 January, the company has told MCA.

The Broadwick, Richoux Group

Richoux board bids to go private

18 Jan 2019

Richoux Group plans to cancel trading in its shares on AIM and re-register as a private company.

Alison Brittain

Whitbread f&b sales down 2.2% in YTD

17 Jan 2019

Whitbread has delivered its first trading update since the £3.9bn sale of Costa to Coca-Cola, reporting like-for-like sales across its remaining estate down 0.6%.

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Holdings: Ledgers contained thousands of false entries

16 Jan 2019

Patisserie Holdings is working with KPMG to examine “all options” open to the beleaguered chain after investigations into its accounts revealed the picture was worse than first anticipated.

ZA by PizzaExpress

PizzaExpress to launch spin-off brand, ZA

16 Jan 2019

PizzaExpress is to launch spin-off brand, ZA, next month with an all-dining offer centred around pizza slices, MCA has learnt.

flat iron steak

Flat Iron secures £5m funding from ThinCats

14 Jan 2019

Flat Iron, the Piper-backed steak restaurant group, has secured a £5m funding package from ThinCats to support of its growth plans.

Three Joes

Three Joes to extend crowdfund after hitting £400k target

21 Jan 2019

Three Joes, the sourdough pizza restaurant concept from POD co-founders Tim Hall and Emma Blackmore, and former Byron operations director, is to extend its crowdfunding campaign after hitting its £400,000 target on Crowdcube.

Downing Crowd launches bond

Patisserie Holdings continues negotiations with bankers

21 Jan 2019

Patisserie Holdings has confirmed it is still in discussions with its bankers to expend the standstill of its bank facilities beyond 18 January.

MM Factory

Mercato Metropolitano to open at Elephant Park

21 Jan 2019

Mercato Metropolitano is to open a 17,500 sq ft retail, dining and social space, called MM Factory, at Elephant Park.

Dum Dum

Dum Dums opens first tube station sites

21 Jan 2019

Dum Dum Donutterie has opened two units within underground stations – in Oxford Circus and Bond Street.

Patrick Dardis, Young's

Young’s appoints interim CFO

18 Jan 2019

Young’s has appointed an interim chief financial officer.

Peri Experts

Dubai's Grillo to launch as The Peri Experts

18 Jan 2019

The Peri Experts, a healthy-eating chicken concept originating in Dubai, is making its UK debut in Leicester.

The Beer House

The Beer House to launch at Norwich railway station

18 Jan 2019

SSP is launching its pub format The Beer House at Norwich Railway Station, MCA understands.

Chicago Rib Shack, Clapham

Chicago Rib Shack shutters two operations

18 Jan 2019

Chicago Rib Shack has closed its Aldgate East restaurant, as well as its kitchen operation within The Gipsy Queen pub in Kentish Town, MCA understands.

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Opportunities despite knocks

21 Jan 2019

The next 12 months will be another tough year for the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector, and the gulf between great operators and the rest will widen. However, with 2018 proving there were still opportunities to grow and secure investment, Graeme Smith considers the outlook for 2019.

Costa Coffee

The Dom Walsh Awards 2019

17 Jan 2019

Our regular columnist hands out his annual awards to brands and operators who have made the past 12 months newsworthy – for better or for worse

Green King logo

Waxing lyrical about new GK boss

16 Jan 2019

Yesterday saw the long-awaited revelation of who will replace Rooney Anand as chief executive of Greene King, with Merlin’s Nick Mackenzie set to join as chief executive in May. James Wallin looks at Mackenzie’s background, gauges initial reaction to his appointment and asks what will be at the top of his in-tray.

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Cool beans: The growth of speciality coffee

03 Jan 2019

As Department of Coffee and Social Affairs and others make moves in the specialty coffee space, Finn Scott-Delany looks at the scope for growth and consolidation in the market.

MCA property roundable

The changing face of the high street

21 Dec 2018

As part of our Agenda series of roundtable discussions, MCA – in partnership with the Access Group – brought together property directors from across the sector at Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden. Led by James Wallin, here are the highlights from the day.

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