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    OpenTable launches new table management features


    OpenTable has developed two new features designed to help restaurants optimise their seating and kitchen operations.

  • Farmstand

    Farmstand appoints director of food


    Farmstand has appointed a new director of food is it continues to build its senior team, MCA understands.

  • Jamie Oliver

    Jamie Oliver eyes international expansion


    Jamie Oliver’s international restaurant business is to launch a new all-day dining concept, Jamie Oliver Kitchen, in Bali and Bangkok.

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    The Skinny Kitchen to launch crowdfunding campaign


    All day dining brand The Skinny Kitchen are to launch an imminent crowdfunding campaign for UK expansion.

  • Simon Townsend Ei Group CEO

    ‘Businesses as usual’ at EIG ahead of Stonegate takeover


    Ei Group has announced underlying EBITDA down 3.8% to £276m, following the disposal of 354 commercial property assets for £340.6m.

  • vital ingredient

    Tossed and Vital to undergo CVA


    Tossed and Vital Ingredient operator Zest Food has submitted proposals for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), following a decline in trading at the Vital estate.

  • Jollibee

    Jollibee looking to open in Leicester


    Filipino fast food chain Jollibee is understood to have lined up a site in Leicester, which is is looking to make its “flagship brand in the Midlands”.

  • Old Chang Kee, Soho

    Singaporean snack chain secures second UK site


    Singaporean snack and street food chain Old Chang Kee has secured its second UK site.

  • Coco-di-Mama

    Azzurri Group achieves lfl growth across portfolio


    Azzurri Group has reported a group sales increase of 7% for the year ended 30 June 2019, to £299.4m, with like-for-like sales growth seen across its four brands.

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    November 2019


    This month saw entirely predictable news with another delay to Brexit, but also the surprising sacking of McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook. We take a look back at his transformative time at the food to go giant. Elsewhere the elusive Richard Caring opens up for a big interview alongside David Campbell to discuss the future for Bill’s, Caffé Nero CEO Will Stratton-Morris outlines his push towards premium and there is a profile of Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton’s as they settle into the UK.
    Elsewhere, David Read has some advice for hospitality when it comes to squeezing the supply chain, Jasper Reid takes a deep dive into the market in India, Peter Martin takes a look at the rising demand for eco-friendly alternatives to meat and Steve Gotham says despite its woes Pizza Express has reasons to be cheerful.

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    Stonegate to provide mental health training for staff


    Stonegate Pub Company has teamed up with the Licensed Trade Charity in order to provide mental health training for more than 1,000 of its employees.

  • Shelley Sandzer - Wheelcake Island - November 12 2019 (1)

    Wheelcake Island secures debut in Westfield London


    Taiwanese pancake and snack brand Wheelcake Island has secured its first standalone site, in Westfield London

  • Munich Cricket Club 3

    Munich Cricket Club secure West India Quay site


    Bavarian beer hall concept Munich Cricket Club has secured its second London location, at West India Quay.

  • shelterhall

    Food halls the ‘future of casual dining’


    The new food hall venture led by former Deliveroo MD Dan Warne and backed by Imbiba is a “clear statement of the direction of the market”, property experts have told MCA.

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    Greggs of the Future concept shop: in pictures


    Greggs has launched a new concept store featuring self-ordering kiosks and made to order sandwiches.

  • Young's

    Young’s to accelerate Redcomb investment


    Young’s investment in Recomb Pubs will be sped up and completed by April 2020, CEO Patrick Dardis has told MCA.

  • Chilango interior

    Chilango in restructuring talks with RSM


    Burrito brand Chilango is in talks with RSM over a potential restructuring, City A.M. reports.

  • Fuller's Beers

    Fuller’s warns over beer co transition costs


    Fuller’s has warned that the transition costs of selling its beer business to Asahi have been “materially higher” than expected and will have a short-term impact on the group’s financial performance.

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    Hackney opening on the cards for Franco Manca


    Franco Manca has lined up an opening in Hackney as it expands its presence in east London, MCA understands.

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    All I want for Christmas is … more consumer confidence?!


    “The end of consumers’ resilience?” was the rather sobering question raised by Deloitte with their recent Q3 2019 Consumer Tracker. Deloitte concluded that weakening confidence was now finally impacting consumer spending. This article reviews the Deloitte tracker in a little more detail, compares the key trends with the other leading consumer confidence tracking provided by GfK, and draws upon MCA’s Eating Out Panel research to capture more segmental insights and share prospects for the UK Eating Out market next year.