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  • Greg&Tom-Polo

    Slim Chickens: ‘We now want to do a whole lot more’


    The UK is not short of US-imported fast casual restaurant concepts – Five Guys, Wahlburgers, Shake Shack and Wingstop to name just a few contemporary examples.

  • Emma Woods, Wagamama

    Woods: ‘Proper innovation can be a game-changer for growth’


    Innovation is not just about developing new things, it’s about developing things that customers actually want – and there is a big difference, according to Emma Woods, chief executive of Wagamama.

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    Berenberg on JD Wetherspoon


    The crux of investor debate on JD Wetherspoon (JDW) centres on whether it can convert its continued impressive like-for-like (lfl) sales momentum into meaningful profit growth in FY20 and beyond, says analyst Berenberg. And it thinks JDW can.

  • Honest Burgers

    Can burger sales stay strong in the face of increasing alternatives?


    Despite growing food adventurism, the proliferation of diverse cuisines and the ongoing rise of plant-based offerings, beef burgers still account for one in nine of every dinner consumed outside the home. Sales are also in year on year growth. As such, it is difficult to argue with leading US restaurateur, Danny Meyer, who said: “At the base level, a burger is a piece of meat and a bun with something on it. It’s simple but it seems to make a lot of people happy.”

  • Alasdair Murdoch

    Murdoch: ‘You have to take action – nobody likes a ditherer’


    One of the most important attributes of a leader is the ability to take decisive action, according to Alasdair Murdoch, chief executive of Burger King UK.

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    Thinking outside the lunch box


    Lunch visits are falling in frequency, but are there ways restaurants can work around, or with, this change in customer habits? Tony Naylor puts his thoughts on paper for MCA’s sister title Restaurant.

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    Berenberg on City Pub Group


    City Pub Group’s (CPG) H1 results showed “impressive top-line momentum”, said analysts at Berenberg, after the pub operator reported sales were up 36% year-on-year.

  • Holly Addison

    What makes a Tuesday Purple?


    Hospitality and retail are two of the sectors that offer the least positive and accessible experiences for disabled customers. Holly Addison, head of hospitality, travel and consumer digital at executive recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson, calls on the sector to make commit to change as part of Purple Tuesday.

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    Costs: the great balancing act


    Increasing costs are a fact of life for businesses and those that take a proactive approach often reap the rewards. Everyone is trying to control and, if possible, reduce business costs and protect margins, however, as Steve Braude and Julia Windsor at AlixPartners argue, more could be done to strike the right balance between making savings and damaging guest experience.

  • TGI Friday's

    Brandwatch: TGI Friday’s


    It’s not immune to the struggles in the casual dining market but TGI Friday’s has ploughed on with a steady programme of openings. So what is the the journey of the brand in the UK, how it is performing against the wider market and what does it have planned for the future?

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    JP Morgan on JD Wetherspoon


    JD Wetherspoon’s (JDW) profit outlook does not justify its current multiple, according to the latest analysts note on the operator from JP Morgan.

  • Greene King

    Property, partnerships, people


    The surprise £2.7bn bid for Greene King from Hong Kong-based property developer CK Asset Holdings certainly woke up August – not least because it immediately set off excited speculation about who might be next.

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    Yellowhammer documents confirm no-deal supply risks


    On Monday, MPs backed a motion calling for the disclosure of all documents relating to Operation Yellowhammer, the government’s contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit. These documents had previously been leaked by the Sunday Times and are identical, except for a difference in headline from “base case” to “reasonable worst-case scenario”, suggesting perhaps the whole thing got a hasty rebrand prior to publication.

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    Fish and chip supper anyone?


    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

    ‘TRG now has a future’


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

  • Harvester

    M&B – Much ado about branding


    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.