MCA Journal August 2019

August 2019

After a busy few weeks of M&A activity, Dominic Walsh looks at some of the deals going on and examines the role played by activist investors, while Graeme Smith questions whether the current rate of M&A will slow anytime soon.
There are also interviews with Stonegate, EiG and analysis of the potential £3bn deal between the two pub groups. Meanwhile, Steve Gotham visits a new look Bill’s, Georgi Gyton takes a look at Hard Rock International’s new flagship café in Piccadilly Circus, Finn Scott-Delany interviews the boss of Bleecker Burger and MCA’s sister title Food Spark investigates the trend for vending machines serving up fresh salads.


July 2019

This month, amid a choppy political climate, Peter Martin looks at Michael Gove’s appointment of Henry Dimbleby to create a new food strategy for the UK. Meanwhile Jasper Reid reports back from the US, where different states can have wildly different operating costs and requirements that every UK operator should be aware of before taking the plunge across the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, columnist Dominic Walsh recounts an awkward encounter with Luke Johnson at Wimbledon, Public Health England CEO Duncan Selbie pens an open letter to the eating out industry imploring it to do more to tackle the obesity epidemic, and there are round-ups of the latest MCA Pub Conference, the Directors Club dinner and FD Leaders evening. This issue also profiles Turtle Bay, catches up with Patty & Bun and talks to Mexican concept Tocaya Organica and Sub Cult, as well as delivering a round-up of the latest news and openings.


June 2019

This month’s print edition of MCA leads on the battle of the delivery aggregators, as Deliveroo wins the backing of Amazon and declares its intention to become the “definitive food company”. We also examine what Uber Eats and Just Eat have been doing to stay competitive. Contributing editor Peter Martin makes the case that there’s no disgrace in getting wrong, in the wake of the Jamie Oliver collapse, while Dom Walsh celebrates Phil Urban’s record at M&B. Meanwhile we look into the viability of a four-day week, the impact of late-night levies, and discuss the biggest developments in technology at a roundtable event sponsored by Punchh. Our featured interviews cover Vagabond’s next steps as it seeks to roll out its model across the UK, Deltic’s new concept Eden and The Athenian’s journey from street food stall to celebrated souvlaki specialists.

MCA Journal May 2019

May 2019

This month’s print edition of MCA examines the challenges associated with the proposed increase in the minimum wage. We hear from senior sector figures that the Government needs to propose a joined-up solution to ensuring fair pay for all. We also speak to the chief executive and chairman of Loungers about their IPO and why they are certain it will not change the company culture. We are also profiling Taco Bell as the US giant makes it second time lucky in its bid to expand across the UK. Established operator YO! Sushi, meanwhile, is reinventing itself to appeal to an evolving consumer basis, chief executive Richard Hodgson tells us. Plus, we kick off our series of features with the winners of the 2019 Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards by interviewing the founders of Caravan.

MCA Journal April 2019

April 2019

This month’s print journal examines the topic of growth and how much appetite remains within the sector for aggressive expansion. MCA market insight director, Steve Gotham, asks whether the days of restaurant brands building to 100-plus sites is really over. Meanwhile deputy editor Georgi Gyton looks at the importance of culture and how operators can retain it as they grow. We focus on one brand that has certainly not stalled its expansion, with a look at how BrewDog has gone from a disruptor to a global beer titan in its own right. We also profile the most ambitious opening to date from Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish group and delve into the runners and riders of this year’s AlixPartners’ Growth Company Index, asking what it takes to be the fastest growing operator in the eating and drinking out sector.


March 2019

This month’s edition of MCA looks at the growing importance of healthier eating and ask whether the industry is doing enough to satisfy consumer demands. We also delve into the different ways operators are seeking growth in a challenging market, which increasingly means partnering with outside specialists, whether that is in retail, contract catering or travel hubs. This edition also includes features on the different way operators are ensuring the wellbeing of their staff, the latest developments in the delivery market, and profiles of Bill’s founder Bill Collison, Tonkotsu and East Coast Concepts.

MCA journal February 2019

February 2019

This month’s edition of MCA delves into the sensitive subject of communicating allergen information and to what extent the sector should shoulder the responsibility of individual choice. We also feature the first column from MCA’s contributing editor Peter Martin, returning to the title he co-founded in 1996, as well as chronicling the quiet growth of the dessert café segment, profiling The Alchemist’s Simon Potts and introducing a new feature on key markets for international growth.

MCA journal January 2019

January 2019

We look at the worrying signals from the health lobby about possible intervention in the way people eat and drink. Are proposals for calorie caps on specific dishes just the latest scare story or could it become a reality? We also profile the new brand from PizzaExpress, and talk to Bombay-style café concept Dishoom about taking their time rolling out into the regions, and Arc Inspirations, who have punchier plans and are looking for the backing to achieve it.

MCA journal December 2018

December 2018

In the final MCA journal of 2018, we bring you the headline findings from our Foodservice Delivery Report and focus on two key challenges for operators – people & property. In particular, we look into the changing nature of the high street, new charity Only A Pavement Away, which helps the homeless gain employment in hospitality, and explore opinions on the apprenticeship levy. We also profile the man who put Wagamama on the map, Ian Neill, and pay tribute to his mentor, Peter Boizot.

MCA Journal November 2018

November 2018

MCA reflects on the big stories of the past month, including The Restaurant Group’s bid to acquire Wagamama; the decision by long-time Greene King CEO Rooney Anand to step down and GBK becoming the latest sector name to pursue a CVA. Among the profiles this month are the recently appointed chief executive of Gaucho, Martin Williams, on his vision for the future and the first interview with Clive Chesser, who left Greene King to head up Punch in the summer. 

MCA Journal October 2018

October 2018

The October edition includes key insights from MCA’s annual UK Restaurant Market Report, and interviews with Bistrot Pierre’s new chief executive Nick White, alongside its co-founder Robert Beacham, White Rabbit Fund’s founder Chris Miller, and coffee shop and wine bar Notes. It also contains analysis of the Irish pub sector, the re-modelling of the casual dining market, and looks at how operators are preparing their supply chain in the run up to Brexit.

MCA journal September 2018

September 2018

In the September edition, we talk to the key players in the delivery market as well as operators about the rise of virtual restaurants. We also bring you a rare interview with serial sector entrepreneur Richard Caring who talks about his plans for the Ivy Collection and Bill’s as well as his concerns about the pressures facing the sector. This edition also features in-depth discussions with YO! Sushi’s Richard Hodgson, as well as Pizza Hut’s Jens Hofma.

MCA Journal August 2018

August 2018

In the August edition of MCA, we look at the latest data on growth within the eating out sector and how different segments are performing. This month’s edition also features interviews with Jason Clark, COO for McDonald’s UK; Toby Smith, CEO of Novus Leisure; Sam Lee, MD of Temper and Matt Snell, MD of Gusto. We also discuss the growth trajectory of healthy eating brand, Pure, and investigate the innovative work being done by companies across the sector to boost retention of staff.

MCA Journal July 2018

July 2018

The July 2018 digital edition of the MCA journal is now available. It includes key insights from MCA’s annual UK Pub Market Report, interviews with Alasdair Murdoch, chief executive of Burger King UK, The Coaching Inn Group founder Kevin Charity, and co-founder of Pieminister, Jon Simon. It also includes profiles on Retailer’s Retail of the Year award winner ETM Group, and MCA Introduces… Hawskmoor Edinburgh.

MCA Journal June 2018

June 2018

The June 2018 digital edition of the MCA journal is now available, including interviews with Jamie Oliver Group’s Jon Knight; John Vincent the co-founder of Leon, Richard Boon of Hubbox and the team behind Harcourt Inns as well as features on The Ned; the latest technology trends in foodservice and the rapid rise of healthy eating specialists.

MCA Journal May 2018

May 2018

The May 2018 digital edition of the MCA journal is now available, including interviews with Heineken’s Lawson Mountstevens; Mowgli founder, Nisha Katona; NWTC’s Chris Hill and PizzaExpress UK managing director Zoe Bowley, among others. This month’s edition also looks at the topic of sustainability and how rising demands for responsible retailing are impacting on the bottom line. 

MCA Journal April 2018

April 2018

The April 2018 digital edition of the MCA journal is now available, including Prezzo’s life after the CVA, insights into the Italian casual dining sector and interviews with Clive Schlee of Pret, Joe Grossman of Patty & Bun, Brandon Stephens and Richard Morris of Tortilla, Charlie Young and Brett Woonton of Vinoteca, as well as Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds of Swingers.

MCA Journal March 2018

March 2018

The March 2018 digital edition of the MCA journal is now available, including highlights from the 20th Retailers’ Retailer of the Year; analysis of this year’s AlixPartners’ Growth Company Index and a host of interviews, profiles and features.

MCA Journal February 2018

February 2018

The February 2018 digital edition of the MCA journal is now available, including the latest findings from MCA’s Top of Mind survey of sector leaders, the burgeoning phenomenon of food halls, interviews with the founders of Honest Burgers and M Restaurants, as well as in-depth conversation with Kate Nicholls, CEO-elect of UKHospitality.

MCA Journal January 2018

January 2018

The January 2018 digital edition of the MCA journal is now available, including a special report on the landscape of discounts and promotions, which swept across the sector in the last quarter of 2017 and into the New Year. It also features profiles of leading operators including Burning Night Group, POD, Neil Rankin, Sticks n Sushi and Yard Sale Pizza.

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