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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. 

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    Analysts corner: Marston’s


    Following Marston’s trading update for the 42 weeks to 20 July 2019, leading analysts from JP Morgan, Peel Hunt, Liberum and Goodbody share their reactions to the figures, which have been described as “slightly disappointing” in Q3.

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    Marston’s: ‘It’s been tougher this year.’


    Marston’s had a strong start to the year, but-like-for like growth has been hampered in recent weeks by the freak comparative of last year. Following a trading update CEO Ralph Findlay talks to MCA about why the pubco is putting its £70m new-build programme on ice, investing in its premium and wet-led estate, and what he calls a lager summer.

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    Is Starbucks’ stardust losing its sparkle?


    Three years ago, Starbucks proudly reported trading results for a “momentous year” in which it made its first profits after 17 years of operating in the UK. Profits after tax for the year ending September 2015 came in at £25.8m after a loss of £9.8m the previous year.

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    A Novel Idea: No. 8 Joy


    Every month, Marcel Khan, chief executive of Thunderbird Fried Chicken reads a book (so you don’t have to) and applies insight into the sector based on what he’s learned between the covers and beyond. This month: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.

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    Pub menus: Quantity over quality?


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham looks at whether the increases seen in pub menu counts are sustainable, particularly when extensive menu choice is not a particularly high-ranking consumer need.

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    Could pierogi become a food-to-go player?


    Chef Damian Wawrzyniak wants to turn these Polish dumplings into travel hub staples, but could others catch on? MCA’s sister title Food Spark takes a look at their trend potential.

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    EIG: ‘We have been on alert for at least a year now’


    Following the shock news yesterday that Stonegate has announced its intention to acquire Ei Group, MCA’s Georgi Gyton caught up with Ei’s chief executive Simon Townsend, and chairman Robert Walker to find out what it means for both businesses.