News and insight for the UK eating and drinking out industry



Beavertown confirms Heineken investment

21 Jun 2018

Beavertown Brewery founder Logan Plant has confirmed the sale of a minority stake to Heineken, as reported by MCA last month.

Underdog Coffee

Honest Coffees rebrands to Underdog

21 Jun 2018

Honest Coffees, the Devon based wholesaler, has been forced to change its name to Underdog Coffee following legal threats from Coca-Cola.

Drinking pints

Co2 shortage hits breweries

20 Jun 2018

Beer and soft drinks production in the UK could be affected by a Europe-wide shortage of Co2.

All Bar One sustainable wine collection

M&B launches sustainable wine collection

19 Jun 2018

Mitchells & Butlers has launched a sustainable range across its All Bar One estate.

Zonal chief exec

Zonal to acquire EPoS supplier Comtrex

15 Jun 2018

Zonal Retail Data Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the share capital of EPoS systems supplier Comtrex.


Heineken in talks to acquire stake in Beavertown

25 May 2018

Heineken is understood to be in talks to acquire a minority stake in Beavertown Brewery.


UberEats acquires OrderTalk

22 May 2018

OrderTalk, the software provider to the restaurant sector chaired by Maurice Abboudi has been sold to UberEats for an undisclosed sum.

Merchant Gourmet eyes further Waitrose counters

16 May 2018

Merchant Gourmet, the retail brand from Leathams, is hoping to explore further opportunities with Waitrose after launching a Grain & Graze counter at the supermarket’s Salisbury branch.

Lousada departs Matthew Clark

15 May 2018

James Lousada has left Matthew Clark & Bibendum following its buyout by C&C Group, MCA’s sister title, the Grocer, has revealed.

Gosnells mead rebrands as premium prosecco alternative

15 May 2018

Gosnells, the London mead producer, is relaunching as a more premium product following investment from Cubitt Hosue co-founder, Stefan Turnbull.

Freedom Brewery

Freedom Brewery secures £3.5m funding

15 May 2018

Staffordshire-based Freedom Brewery has secured £3.5m of new capital to drive continued nationwide expansion, MCA has learnt.

AB InBev UK growth driven by low-alcohol products

09 May 2018

AB InBev has reported a strong start to the year in the UK, with growth being driven by Bud Light and other low-alcohol products.

C&C signs exclusive Tsingtao deal

04 May 2018

C&C Group has announced an exclusive distribution partnership to import and distribute Tsingtao in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

East London Liquor Co launches £750k crowdfund

02 May 2018

East London Liquor Company, the distillery backed by the founders of Camden Town Brewery and Barworks, has launched a Crowdcube campaign to raise £750,000.


Carlsberg hit by premiumisation trend in UK

02 May 2018

Carlsberg has said its market share in the UK has been hit by consumers desire to trade up from mainstream brands.

Mowgli partners with Zonal

01 May 2018

Indian street food restaurant group, Mowgli, has appointed Zonal as its technology provider as it pursues an ambitious growth plan.

People 1st goes into administration

27 Apr 2018

Sector skills council, People 1st, has gone into administration, according to reports.

KFC partners with Flyt on delivery

24 Apr 2018

KFC has announced a new partnership in the UK and Ireland with Flyt.

Yo! Sushi

YO! acquires leading sushi brand Taiko

23 Apr 2018

YO! Sushi has further underlined its plan to create a global multi-format and multi-brand sushi business, with the acquisition of Taiko Foods

James Armitage

Woodforde’s appoints ex-Ei Group director Armitage

19 Apr 2018

Woodforde’s Brewery has appointed former Ei Group director James Armitage as its commercial and marketing director.