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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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Austin Whelan

Third Whelans to open, with fourth lined up

17 Jul 2018

Pub operator Austin Whelan is to open his third Whelans pub, in Kingston, this week with a fourth lined up to open in August.

Mark Crowther, Liberation Group CEO

Like-for-likes up 8% at Liberation Group

17 Jul 2018

Liberation Group has posted an 8% increase in like-for-likes (lfls) sales for the past 10 weeks.


Iberica scraps openings, doubles down on core estate

17 Jul 2018

Iberica, the Spanish restaurant group, has dropped plans for two new sites as it plans to “double down” on its existing estate, MCA has learnt.

Real Eating Co

Real Eating Co focuses on small format, high footfall sites

17 Jul 2018

The Real Eating Company, the South East based group, is looking to double up in Southampton as it looks to further shift its business model away from full service restaurants to grab and go, MCA has learnt.


Bubbacue ceases trading after CVL

17 Jul 2018

Bubbacue, the North Ireland-based barbecue concept from Boojum Burrito founder John Blisard, has ceased operating.

Muffin Break

Muffin Break opens two, lines up two more

17 Jul 2018

Muffin Break, the Foodco concept, has opened two sites in recent weeks, with a further two forthcoming.


Euro Garages plans 50 new Greggs sites

17 Jul 2018

Euro Garages UK is planning to open a further 50 Greggs stores across the UK by the end of 2018, following its acquisition of a collection of Little Chef sites last year, MCA has learnt.

Brewdog Logo

BrewDog plans opening in Peterhead and Norrköping

17 Jul 2018

BrewDog has submitted plans to open a bar and restaurant in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

Polu Poke

Polu Poke to begin expansion

17 Jul 2018

Polu Poke, the fledgling concept from Celia Farrar, is to begin its expansion, after securing a second site in central London

Reds True Barbecue

Red’s in best position operationally

17 Jul 2018

James Douglas, co-founder of Red’s True Barbecue, has said that the company is in the best position it has ever been operationally

SSP City Bar and Grill

SSP reports Q3 lfls up 2.7%

17 Jul 2018

SSP Group has reported Q3 2018 results, with like-for-like sales growth of 2.7% across the group.

Comptoir confirms Carrick as CFO

17 Jul 2018

Comptoir Group has confirmed the appointment Mark Carrick as its new chief financial officer with immediate effect while non-executive director Jonathan Kaye resigned.

Alex Marsh

Loungers' Marsh joins Ten Kites as COO

17 Jul 2018

Alex Marsh, who headed up central operations at Loungers, has joined digital menu publishing platform Ten Kites, as chief operating officer.

Green King logo

Analysts Corner: Berenberg on Greene King

17 Jul 2018

Analysts at Berenberg give their verdict on Greene King

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Gaucho sign

Something to stake your reputation on

09 Jul 2018

A number of runners and riders are jostling for position to invest in the struggling Gaucho business, even though some kind of restructuring seems inevitable. How will the business shape up after new investment is secured? At the same time will Brains be the perfect business for Alistair Darby to remind the pub sector of his talents? And as Leon announces plans to enter another country and roll out further Tuk Shops, could it have a another game-changing deal up its sleeve? Mark Wingett ...

high street distress

How do we ensure the survival of the high street?

26 Jun 2018

The government’s minister for local growth, Jake Berry, recently announced that his department plans to establish a panel of industry leaders in order to diagnose the real issues affecting our high streets and how best to ensure their survival. In light of this we asked a series of industry experts in the eating and drinking out sector what advice and recommendations they believe would make a difference

McDonald's digital kiosks

Lessons learnt in a tough market

25 Jun 2018

In a challenging climate, operators still have many levers they can pull to keep ahead of competitors and stay relevant to an increasingly demanding consumer set. MCA’s executive director Simon Stenning looks at lessons that can be learnt from how the sector has evolved in the past two years

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

The renaissance of the wet-led pub

18 Jun 2018

Wet-led venues are emerging from the shadows of casual dining and gastropubs with buoyant sales and less exposure to headwinds. Investors are clearly taking note, with wet-led businesses at the centre of much of the sector’s M&A activity over the past year. Sapient Corporate Finance founder, Peter Hansen, explains why he sees this segment going from strength to strength.

Clive Watson

Watson: Why I’m marching for a people's vote on Brexit

15 Jun 2018

City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson writes for MCA about his concerns that Brexit remains a “monumental mistake” and discusses the potential impact on the sector.

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