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    Wrap stars: how Tortilla won the burrito wars


    Brandon Stephens and Richard Morris’ Californian-inspired brand Tortilla has come out on top in the burrito wars and looks to be eyeing a sale, writes Restaurant magazine’s Joe Lutrario.

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    Analysts’ verdict: JD Wetherspoon


    Analysts at JP Morgan Cazenove and Goodbody share their reactions to the latest trading update from JD Wetherspoon and how it’s impacted their forecasts.

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    Wet-led pubs best placed to capitalise on demand for experiences


    Wet-led pubs are best placed to capitalise on the demand for experiences as the growth in online delivery and competition from home entertainment means consumers are looking for more on a night out, according to leisure analysts Peel Hunt.

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    Tim Hortons: Power play


    Tim Hortons may not be a household name in the UK yet, but if the QSR brand’s growth in North America is anything to go by, it soon could be. Georgi Gyton speaks to master franchisee SK Group’s chief commercial officer Kevin Hydes on its plans to steal market share.

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    ETM: Redefining spectator sport


    Redwood has not been open for 24 hours when we meet, but ETM co-founder Ed Martin is already feeling confident about his latest sports bar.

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    Chucs: bringing a slice of the Amalfi coast to West London


    Chucs chairman Graziano Arricale knows a thing or two about working for captains of British business.

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    Hang on to your margins


    Prestige Purchasing chairman, David Read, discusses ways in which operators can maintain, and even improve, food and drink margins, even in inflationary times.

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    Running the halls


    Lower rents for operators, more choice for customers – food halls are being heralded as a win-win model for the eating out sector, writes Tony Naylor.

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    Going Global – India: maker and destroyer of dreams


    In his latest column Going Global column for MCA, international franchising expert Jasper Reid discusses the huge opportunities to be had in the country of contradiction – and why scale, and a long-term view, is key.

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    Brigid Simmonds: ‘We can’t keep every pub open’


    Outgoing British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds examines her time in the role.

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    Caffe Nero: ‘We are the Waitrose of coffee’


    With a new artisan fresh food range, Caffe Nero believes it has consolidated its premium edge over high street rivals. As the offering is rolled out and the store estate revamped, UK CEO Will Stratton-Morris explains why Caffe Nero is the Waitrose of the coffee house sector.

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    Middle Eastern promises: James Walters on Arabica KX


    James Walters has opened a second incarnation of his Levantine-inspired restaurant concept Arabica. A lot has changed, but what remains is the chef’s determination to steadily evolve the brand

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    How to give hospitality the personal touch


    Using machine learning and AI could deliver huge benefits to hospitality, but there are challenges. MCA and Punchh brought together marketing and IT directors to discuss how best to do it.

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    Steve Moore: ‘The development never goes away. It starts on day one, it doesn’t finish on day one.’


    Steve Moore is in jovial form when we speak a few weeks ahead of the launch of Electric Shuffle.

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    Richard Caring: 'We’re fighters. We’ll make it work by investing in the business.'


    A year ago, Richard Caring told MCA how Bill’s needed a “bit of love as it got left behind”. With a major refurbishment programme well underway, the investment seems to be paying off. Finn Scott-Delany catches up with Mr Caring and Bill’s executive chairman David Campbell.

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    Why Pizza Express is worth saving


    There are many theories why Pizza Express, the largest casual dining chain in the UK with 490 sites, has slid into such a massive pile of debt.

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    AlixPartners: Cause for cautious optimism


    The M&A market for UK restaurant operators remains cautious, with distressed situations making up the majority of activity. However, several high-profile transactions completed in 2019, with investors still willing to pay a premium price in certain circumstances, says AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith

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    The Ivy Collection: ‘We have a formula that works’


    With five new openings in November including a second Asian concept in St Paul’s, The Ivy Collection is confidently bringing its aspirational glamour across the UK. Ahead of a busy month, managing director Baton Berisha discusses his workaholic tendencies, executing Richard Caring’s vision, and the group’s unique formula for success.

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    Mosaic: A picture of health


    Having reached close to 30 sites over the past four years, Georgi Gyton met with the joint chief executives of Mosaic Pub & Dining to find out more about the pub operator’s growth so far and what the future holds.

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    ​Generation Next: Berto Pasta


    The team behind boundary-stretching pizza concept Zia Lucia have now set their sights on pasta with the launch of Berto. Founders Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo discuss how they are innovating with pasta just as they have with pizza.