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  • Longbottom

    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. 

  • China Town Main

    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.

  • FSA

    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.

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    Patty & Bun: 'Complacency is death'


    Joe Grossman’s London-centric chain Patty & Bun is responding to challenges in the premium burger market with two new concepts and the launch of several vegan dishes, as Restaurant magazine’s Joe Lutrario finds out.

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    Evolving before our eyes


    The pace of change is speeding up and nowhere is this clearer than in the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector. Over the last five years, AlixPartners and CGA’s Market Growth Monitor has tracked some seismic changes across the industry – from the drinks-led renaissance to the burgeoning impact of delivery. There’s not been a dull moment, say AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith and Craig Rachel.

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    Beware second half weakness


    At the halfway point of the year it seems appropriate to examine the wider economic picture

  • Supply chain concerns

    The Cinderella discipline


    It can often take a crisis for some boards to recognise the value within a well-managed supply chain. Prestige Purchasing’s chairman, David Read, asks why that is and suggests the hospitality sector could learn a lot from the retail supply chain model.

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    All aboard the vegan express


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham looks at the rise and rise of veganism and its impact on menu development over the past two years.

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    Crest of a Mexican wave


    Californian-based Mexican concept Tocaya Organica has grown to 15 sites in just three years and has plans for nationwide as well international expansion. Kerstin Kuhn speaks with parent company The Madera Group’s president Michael Tanha about what sets Tocaya Organica apart from its competitors, and its plans for investment.

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    Going Global: All gone to look for America II


    In the second of a two-part column on expansion in the US, Jasper Reid looks at the possibilities for operators in the home of the brave – just don’t forget to swot up on the costs and logistical hurdles you’ll face.