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    Steve Gotham: Frequenting fall-out


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham breaks down the data on eating out occasions to see what the real picture is when it comes to falling frequency.

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    AlixPartners: The bar remains open


    While it has certainly become more challenging to secure investment in parts of the restaurant market, the past 12 months has seen continued M&A and investment activity across the pub and bar space. The breadth of this activity highlights the current strength of this part of the sector, and this trend does not look like slowing anytime soon, argues AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith.

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    Peter Martin: Manchester has a new plan


    Taking inspiration from other parts of the world, as well as the UK, the city’s imaginative new blueprint for further developing its late-night economy could serve as a model for others, says MCA consulting editor Peter Martin.

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    Date night opportunity knocking?


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham analyses consumer eating out missions and deduces that there are opportunities for operators to do more when it comes to couples looking to spend money on a night out.

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    Arcade Food Theatre


    There are plenty of theatres in the West End of London, but there’s never been one quite like Arcade. Located on the ground floor of the Centre Point building, next to Tottenham Court Road Tube station, it’s a playhouse, of sorts, where the drama is designed to unfurl behind the counters of the Theatre’s seven open-plan kitchens.

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    New adventures


    Tom Kidd, managing director of Adventure Bar Group, talks to Jo Bruce about expansion plans, its Leicester Square opening, and a new name.

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    MCA Introduces… Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly


    Last month saw the opening of Hard Rock International’s new flagship European café in London’s Piccadilly Circus. MCA deputy editor Georgi Gyton spoke to area vice president Stefano Pandin about the new modern vision for the brand and how it has stood the test of time since its launch in 1971.

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    Bones Daddies’ Ross Shonhan: ‘People think Japanese food is not evolving’


    The restaurateur behind Flesh & Buns and Shackfuyu talks to Tom Lee, editor at MCA’s sister title Food Spark, about his latest concept, why bowl food is a lunchtime star and how to take Japanese cuisine beyond its traditional, old-fashioned image.

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    Reflections on value for money


    Traditionally, the concept of value for money was relatively straightforward, involving the trade-off between price and quality, but it’s not what it used to be, says MCA market insight director Steve Gotham.

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    Costs may choke off growth in the year ahead


    Prestige Purchasing’s chairman, David Read, suggests that the management of costs will reach new levels of difficulty in the year ahead.

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    Dominic Walsh - Getting in on the act


    The proposed merger of Just Eat and is the latest in a string on large-scale M&A activity, which on the face of it has been promoted by the demands of activist shareholders. But the real picture may be less clear cut, argues Dominic Walsh.

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    Sexual harassment, the hospitality sector and the law


    Caroline Doran Millett of law firm Royds Withy King talks through the legal implications for employers on sexual harassment, and how to protect staff from unwanted advances.

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    The bigger picture on consumer spending


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham crunches the numbers on consumer spending to find out how it’s changed in real terms. Some of the findings more surprise you.

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    Analysts’ corner: Mitchells & Butlers


    A material re-rating should lie ahead if the business continues to executive its operational improvement and de-leveraging plans, believe analysts at Berenberg.

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    Analysts’ corner: Berenberg on Fuller’s


    Leading analysts at Berenberg reflect on Fuller’s prospects as it enters a “transformational” year following the sale of its brewing business to Asahi.

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    ‘It’s about choice, value and a frictionless experience’


    Pizza Hut UK’s managing director Neil Manhas talks to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about digital updates to the brand, being ‘maniacal’ about statistics, and the ambition to move the entire delivery estate to its new fast-casual model.

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    Bill’s of Baker Street


    As Bill’s moves forwards with its 2020 refresh programme, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham visits the newly-revamped Baker Street store to assess the changes, and looks what MCA’s customer insight data has to say about the performance of the brand.

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    Gaps and opportunities…


    MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham delves into data from the Office for National Statistics to gauge where opportunities lie for growth in each of the eating out market channels, across the regions. 

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    How Tossed is tackling healthy trends with vending machines


    A growing trend on both sides of the pond, vending machines distributing fresh salads is an alternative sales channel Tossed is keen to tap into, as MCA’s sister title Food Spark found out.

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    Mark out of ten - Pret


    Pret is a class act, we all know that, but they also know how to hit the right tone at the right time. On 18 July, Pret announced they were going to give away free iced drinks the following day. This may not seem such a big idea, however it’s the last 15% of execution that is key in all the things Pret do.