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.

The bar at The Refuge in the newly renamed Principal hotel

Room service

27 Jul 2018

Established restaurant operators are increasingly partnering with hotel chains to transform their food and beverage operations. Poppleston Allen’s Lisa Sharkey looks at the opportunities and challenges for operators looking to get into this burgeoning market.


Inside track: That’ll shake things up

23 Jul 2018

Mark Wingett looks at the double swoop from Stonegate Pub Company on Be At One and a part of Novus Leisure, what it means for all three businesses and for others

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.


Give lease a chance

14 Jun 2018

Shaftesbury is known for its forward-thinking approach to leasing, which has helped maintain the West End as a dynamic place to eat out. Julia Wilkinson discusses this pioneering approach, food and drink trends across the portfolio, and the evolution of Chinatown into a diverse Pan Asian offer with Finn Scott-Delany

Injoi Kitchen

Popularity of Seoul food rises

13 Jun 2018

Korean food is rapidly installing itself as mainstream force in the US eating out sector. Kerstin Kühn explores some of the established and emerging concepts in this field.


Eyes down, looking

12 Jun 2018

Competitive socialising is a craze that shows no signs of diminishing – with concepts focussed on everything from crazy golf to bingo via ping pong popping up across the country – but what does the segment’s long-term future hold? Mark Wingett discusses, as well asking whether Mitchells & Butlers will be able to find another Miller & Carter.

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Upcoming events

The Restaurant Conference from MCA

The Restaurant Conference - 19 Sept 2018 - London

What is the next chapter for restaurant brands? Looking beyond the headlines on the casual dining sector, we will look at what growth looks like for a restaurant brand in 2018. Join the conversation with Karen Jones, Prezzo; Jon Knight, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group; Dennis Deare, Miller & Carter; Zoe Bowley, PizzaExpress; and many more… View agenda and book >

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