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    Fish and chip supper anyone?

    2019-09-12T07:13:00Z

    Call me old-fashioned and a tad unadventurous if you will, but I am rather quite partial to the long-established delights of fish and chips. A moist and slightly sweet tasting cod fillet in light but crunchy batter, with some nicely seasoned thick-cut chips, minty mushy peas and chunky tartare sauce – delightful! One of the things about go-to products though, is that they become something of a KVI – a Known Value Item. 

  • Wagamama Rushden Lakes
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    ‘TRG now has a future’

    2019-09-12T07:12:00Z

    The legacy of Andy McCue’s truncated time as chief executive of The Restaurant Group is, as well all know, the £559m acquisition of Wagamama. When the deal squeaked through last year, there was widespread scepticism over the longevity of its stellar like-for-like sales growth.

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    Hargreaves Lansdown on Greene King

    2019-09-10T07:13:00Z

    Greene King’s shares were unmoved by the news that like-for-like sales in its Pub Company arm were down by 1.85% for the 18 weeks to 1 September, said analysts from Hargreaves Lansdown in their latest note on the brewer and pub operator.

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    Opinion: TRG has a spicy star in Wagamama

    2019-09-06T07:37:00Z

    There are 135 reasons why the new Restaurant Group CEO, Andy Hornby, can feel positive about the future. That’s how many Wagamama sites there are in the UK and each one is crucial to TRG (it also has five in the US and 57 franchises elsewhere around the world).

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    JP Morgan and Goodbody on The Restaurant Group

    2019-09-04T07:37:00Z

    The Restaurant Group’s (TRG) H1 results yesterday revealed a strong performance from Wagamama and plans to rationalise the Leisure estate. Analysts at JP Morgan and Goodbody give their take on the numbers.

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    Mixed wag: TRG leisure estate continues to drag

    2019-09-04T07:37:00Z

    Former HBOS boss Andy Hornby might have hoped for a smooth introduction to the sector yesterday after joining The Restaurant Group as CEO in August.

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    M&B – Much ado about branding

    2019-09-04T07:37:00Z

    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham analyses data from MCA’s Eating Out Panel to pinpoint potential areas for improvement for some of Mitchells & Butlers’ key brands.

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    Analysts’ verdict: Goodbody on The Restaurant Group

    2019-09-02T07:22:00Z

    In advance of The Restaurant Group’s H1 trading update tomorrow, analyst Goodbody says it’s expecting strong growth from Wagamama and evidence of stabilisation within its leisure division.

  • Deliveroo Sainsburys
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    Is grocery retail disruption of foodservice fake news?

    2019-08-29T06:47:00Z

    The news that Sainsbury’s is the first UK supermarket to offer customers hot takeaways via Deliveroo struck me as further indication of the perseverance of the supermarkets to claim more of the foodservice pound.

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    Loungers sets sights on premium coffee and drinks

    2019-08-29T06:46:00Z

    As an all-day operator promising something for everyone, Loungers has never had any problem going toe to toe with high street coffee shops.

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    Shelley Sandzer on food halls: The new face of casual dining

    2019-08-28T07:34:00Z

    Leo Feldman, partner at leisure property agents Shelley Sandzer believes the revival of the food hall concept is a benefit for operators, consumers and landlords.

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    BDO: Whose round is it next?

    2019-08-28T07:33:00Z

    As M&A activity continues at a pace in the pub sector, BDO’s M&A director Tom Barnard and M&A manager Hugh Ripley look at the common themes being seen across the pub market and who might be on the receiving end of a bid next.

  • Greene King
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    Growth potential for Greene King pub brands

    2019-08-27T07:11:00Z

    In light of the recent bid for Greene King by CK Asset Holdings, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham assesses what MCA’s Eating Out Panel data has to say about the performance of its four core brands.

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    Steve Gotham: The murky world of promotions

    2019-08-23T07:12:00Z

    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham analyses consumer use of promotional deals and suggests they may not as damaging as first thought. 

  • Brexit supply chain
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    Prestige Purchasing: Playing poker with food supply

    2019-08-22T07:35:00Z

    Prestige Purchasing’s chairman, David Read, suggests that Brexit fatigue is the wrong reason to relax.

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    Steve Gotham: New tricks at old dog Pizza Hut Restaurants?

    2019-08-21T07:54:00Z

    Using key consumer insights from MCA’s Eating Out Panel, to what extent are UK customers feeling and acknowledging the love for Pizza Hut Restaurants?

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    Analysts’ verdict: Berenberg on Greene King

    2019-08-21T07:54:00Z

    Analysts at Berenberg have said they expect the acquisition of Greene King by CK Asset Holdings to be approved by shareholders and as a result has upgraded its rating to ‘hold’ and increased its price target to the offer price.

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    Greene King: A bid out of the blue

    2019-08-21T07:51:00Z

    The dust had barely settled in the pub sector following the news that Stonegate had reached an agreement to buy Ei Group for £1.27bn, when another bombshell hit in the form of an outside investor looking to snap up Greene King.

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    Analysts’ verdict: Greene King

    2019-08-20T07:31:00Z

    Following the news that Greene King could be acquired by Hong Kong-based property developer CK Asset Holdings yesterday, analysts from JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Goodbody give their views on the deal and what it represents for the sector.

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    Analysts’ verdict: Berenberg on Domino’s

    2019-08-20T07:31:00Z

    Following the publication of Domino’s first half results earlier this month, analysts from Berenberg share their thoughts on the challenges it faces.