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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.

  • Marcel Khan

    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.

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    Stonegate: ‘It’s a great story for the high street’


    Stonegate’s latest acquisition sees it become the UK’s biggest pub operator with the £3bn takeover of Ei Group. CEO Simon Longbottom speaks to MCA about its track record of acquisitions and investment, experience in leased and tenanted pubs, and why the deal is a vote of confidence in a pub sector.

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    Five Guys set to bring up the UK century


    Five Guys is bucking the wider market trend when it comes to expansion - but does closer analysis show there is room for improvement on food quality and value for money? MCA market insight director Steve Gotham delves into the data. 

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    Big trouble in little China?


    Chinatown is changing. The number of Cantonese restaurants is being reduced with the introduction of more specialist, regional Chinese and pan-Asian places in a bid to attract a broader spectrum of customers. But as the big money international players move in, where does this leave the smaller family-run businesses that are its lifeblood? Restaurant’s Joe Lutrario finds out.

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    Learning from the principles of Japanese interior design


    David Chenery of Object Space Place, delves into the deeper principles in Japanese interior design and how this thinking can translate into design for hospitality.

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    ​GDPR, CVAs, and the fight for lunchtime: RSM’s half year report


    At the start of the year, RSM made some predictions about challenges and trends that the hospitality sector could expect to see in 2019. As the first six months of the year come to a close, partner Paul Newman reflect on those forecasts and looks at the latest trends and shifts in the market. 

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    Brandwatch: Turtle Bay


    The Piper-backed Caribbean restaurant operator has arguably flown under the radar for longer than other casual dining brands. Now, having grown to 42 sites in the UK, MCA’s Georgi Gyton takes a look at the performance of the group and examines current consumer sentiment.

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    ​Shored up: Franco Manca bounces back


    Italian casual dining is still dangerously overexposed, but Franco Manca has bucked the trend of consolidation and CVAs with its razor-sharp focus on food, service and value. After posting a year of growth and promising a new expansion drive, MCA’s Finn Scott-Delany speaks to Fulham Shore chairman David Page.

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    Industry ’needs to do more’ on obesity


    At last month’s Directors Club, held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, Duncan Selbie sparked off a lively discussion by calling on the the UK eating out sector to do more to help the public tackle the obesity epidemic. In this open letter to MCA readers, he explains why.

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    Deliveroo exclusive: What’s in it for Pret?


    An exclusive partnership between Pret and Deliveroo will see delivery available from an initial 120 stores in the UK, ahead of a wider rollout. MCA’s Finn Scott-Delany looks into the motivations behind the deal and asks what it says about Pret’s strategy.

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    Dominic Walsh: A tale of three leaders


    In the latest of his monthly columns, Dominic Walsh takes a look at the conduct, successes and failures of several high-profile figures in the sector, and shares a story of an unfortunate seating arrangement at the tennis.

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    Politics matters… sometimes


    Consumers are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from, and while public debate may offer conflicting views, it seems the Government is listening. Peter Martin, MCA contributing editor, discusses the launch of its national food strategy and why hospitality needs to get involved.

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    Living subculture


    Going from a gazebo on Soho’s Berwick Street to a bricks and mortar site in the City, Sub Cult founders Ben Chancellor and Gareth Phillips reflect on their brand’s burgeoning popularity. James McAllister reports.

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    Cleanliness next to goodliness?


    Following reports by the BBC last month that food delivery platforms are undermining public trust by listing operators with poor hygiene ratings, MCA insight director Steve Gotham takes a look at the latest MCA Eating Out Panel data to find out how consumers view the cleanliness of their eating out experiences.