Knives are out for Frankie’s

26 May 2017

This week saw shares at The Restaurant Group fall 7% on the back of a note from UBS, which said Frankie & Benny’s new menu was still 22% more expensive than branded pub chains despite cutting prices.

Bank Holiday bonanza predicted

26 May 2017

The May bank holiday could earn a £3bn for high street businesses, as Britons choose to spend the long weekend closer to home.

JDW retains dominance among pub brands

25 May 2017

The latest Pub Brand Monitor from MCA has shown that despite site closures over the past year and a fall in its share of breakfast and dinner visits, JD Wetherspoon remains the market leader.

Food to go 'key growth driver' in eating out market

24 May 2017

Food to go (FTG) has increased its share of total eating out visits by 1.4 percentage points (pp) to 42.3% compared to last year, MCA analysis reveals.

Coffee shops see decline in visits and snack buying

23 May 2017

Consumer participation has fallen at coffee shops and cafés and there has been a two percentage point (pp) decrease in the channel’s share of total snack occasions, MCA analysis reveals.

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Pub brands ring changes on regional menu pricing

10 Apr 2017

MCA’s Menu Tracker has given Steve Gotham the opportunity to look at the latest menu releases by top leading pub chains Hungry Horse and JD Wetherspoon

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Recipe for engagement

13 Feb 2017

New research shows that 94% of UK consumers are willing to join a loyalty scheme but also highlights the challenge that they have never been harder to please. James Wallin examines what the data has to say about the secret of winning consumer loyalty to your programme.


Customer service stars of 2016

03 Jan 2017

MCA director of insight, Steve Gotham, looks at which operators topped the league tables for friendly and speedy service during 2016 and what lessons we can learn from their success.


Counting the cost of pay rises

21 Nov 2016

According to the latest analysis by Fourth, real hourly pay in hospitality has raced ahead of the National Living Wage to hit £7.71. 

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Scores on the doors

07 Nov 2016

The latest data from MCA’s comprehensive Eating Out Panel has revealed a strong showing for pub companies, outperforming their restaurant counterparts in terms of net promoter scores throughout the day. MCA’s director of insight, Steve Gotham, looks at some of the reasons the Great British pub is still resonating so strongly with consumers.

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Consumer Dashboards

MCA News & Opinion subscribers also receive the Eating Out Panel monthly Consumer Dashboard - the UK's most accurate and insightful continuous dataset on eating out trends. The analysis provides monthly tracking of consumer behaviour and perceptions.

MCA Eating Out Panel dashboard: April

The latest data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel shows that the late Easter weekend and favourably dry weather helped to bump up participation in April to a record high of 95%.

MCA Consumer Dashboard - March

MCA’s Eating Out Panel data has shown a difficult month for the sector in March, with falls in the percentage of people eating out, frequency and average spend.

MCA Consumer dashboard - February

MCA Consumer dashboard – February

The latest data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel shows menu price inflation continuing to drive up the average spend per meal, a trend that is expected to accelerate through 2017.

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Menu & Food Trends Report 2017

Menu & Food Trends Report 2017

27 Apr 2017

A comprehensive look at the differences and changes in menu pricing and engineering, composition and trends

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Food To Go Report 2017

10 Feb 2017

Launched on the 9 February 2017, this report delivers authoritative analysis, through a combination of quantitative and qualitative research of the key issues facing the Food To Go market today.

MCA - UK Top of Mind Report 2017

UK Top of Mind Report 2017

06 Feb 2017

Providing business leaders with valuable insight into key market developments and the most critical business issues currently facing the UK food and beverage sector.



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