Collective like-for-like sales up 0.2%, reports CGA tracker

16 Mar 2018

Closures and cold weather failed to put consumers off eating and drinking out in February, with collective like-for-like sales for pubs, bars and restaurants, up 0.2% nationally, compared with the same month last year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Northern independents grow at double national average

16 Mar 2018

The independent restaurant and bar scenes in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds are growing at rates more than double those of London, CGA’s Outlet Index reveals.

Tenant/pubco relations show further improvement

15 Mar 2018

Tenant/pub company relations have improved over the past year, according to MCA’s authoritative Tenant Track survey.

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Fewer bakery purchases in H2 2017

13 Mar 2018

The number of bakery purchases fell in the second half of the year, from 1.43bn in Q1 2017, to 1.35bn in Q4, according to new data from MCA’s Bakery and Sandwich Tracker (Q4 2017).

Consumer spending poor - but restaurants and bars resilient

13 Mar 2018

Consumer spending had the weakest start to the year since 2012 – though restaurants and bars experienced a strong month, according to Visa’s UK Consumer Spending Index.

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Focus on: AlixPartners Growth Company Index

21 Mar 2018

The AlixPartners Growth Company Index 2018, announced earlier this month, highlights the fastest growing operators in the sector but there are still a number of the brightest talents in the industry who did not make the list. Here we profile a few to watch for next year’s index.


Innovation is on the menu, but the price has to be right

12 Feb 2018

Which operators are making the greatest strides in evolving their product offer, who stands out for their approach to pricing? Steve Gotham looks at what data from MCA’s Menu Tracker can tell us on the crucial subjects of price and product innovation.

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Delivery presents bitter/sweet pill for operators

20 Dec 2017

A new wave of delivery is rapidly transforming the dynamics of the restaurant industry, with everyone from fledgling operators to listed hospitality groups entering the fray - whether they want to or not. But has the impact been wholly positive, and is the current model sustainable for operators already battling a series of cost pressures? Finn Scott-Delany reports.

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Momentum in vegan trend merits greater recognition

04 Dec 2017

Veganism is one of the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle trends, but how can operators capitalise on its popularity and what is currently stopping them? MCA’s Steve Gotham reports.

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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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Consumer insights

Consumer Dashboard - February 2018

The February 2018 data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel shows mixed results, to follow the optimism of January’s uptick in eating out frequency. There was a slight rise in breakfast frequency, whilst consumers dropped some of their higher ticket dinner occasions.

Consumer Dashboard - January 2018

The January 2018 data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel shows a positive start to 2018, with increases in both visit frequency and average spend at every day-part in the opening month of the year, compared to January 2017

Consumer Dashboard - December

Consumer Dashboard - December 2017

The December 2017 data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel shows that after a year of falling frequencies and average spend, the Eating Out market has shown little sign of recovery in the 2017 Christmas period.

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