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  • Late night city centre

    Late Night Levies: A sledgehammer to crack a nut


    The Late Night Levy (LNL) has been described as “death by a thousand cuts” and, for most operators, is yet another spool of red tape poised to hurt the night-time economy. Andrew Don reports.

  • Deliveroo rider

    Navigating the third-party delivery landscape


    Third-party delivery has grown exponentially to become a vital sales channel for many operators. In this article, AlixPartners’ Steve Braude assesses the current state of play on both sides of the Atlantic

  • GDPR

    A year of GDPR: The industry view


    Tomorrow [Saturday] will be the first anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) implementation. MCA gauged the reaction of a variety of industry players.

  • Pizza Hut Express Stratford

    Removing friction from the ordering process


    Regina Borda, managing director at Pizza Hut Europe and UK, explains how the group analyses macro-trends to predict the future for many of the markets in which it operates.

  • 1 Jamie Oliver

    Jamie’s crash ‘may be watershed moment for the industry’


    In January Shelley Sandzer’s Ted Schama posed the question of when the spate of CVAs in the sector would reach saturation point. With the collapse of Jamie’s Italian, he now argues that point has arrived. Here he sets out why this should be seen as a call to action for the sector to get operators and landlords working together.

  • RROTY Evolution award Caravan

    The Caravan club


    Caravan has pioneered well-travelled all-day dining and speciality coffee in London, winning the admiration of its peers at MCA’s Retailers’ Retailer awards. After picking up the honour for evolution, Finn Scott-Delany met up with co-founders Laura Harper-Hinton, Chris Ammerman and Miles Kirby to hear how they stay relevant, innovative and grow with integrity.

  • Bambusa-Lunch

    Rohit Chugh on new concept Bambusa


    Rohit Chugh, former managing director of The Cinnamon Club and the founder of Roti Chai in Marylebone, has moved into the fast casual sector with the opening of his third London restaurant Bambusa. He speaks to BigHospitality’s James McAllister.

  • Downing Crowd launches bond

    Analysts corner: Mitchells & Butlers


    Ahead of its H1 results this Thursday, analyst Goodbody offers up its thoughts on what we could see from the pub, bar and restaurant operator’s update.

  • deliveroo

    Amazon gives Deliveroo 'capital and kudos'


    Does Amazon’s $575m lead investment in Deliveroo represent more than just capital? MCA’s Finn Scott-Delany looks at the potential synergies of the partnership, and the implications for restaurant brands. With commentary from MCA’s Steve Gotham, CGA’s Karl Chessell and YFood’s Nadia El Hadery.

  • Staff

    Sector cannot stomach further minimum wage hikes


    Significant increases to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) could have a devasting effect on the sector, those in the industry have argued.

  • Deliveroo rider

    Amazon/Deliveroo: 'The race is now on'


    Amazon’s re-entry into the food delivery market, leading a fresh round of investment in Deliveroo, piqued the interest of many in the industry. MCA news editor Finn Scott-Delany discusses what the move mean for the key players in the space, and prospects for consolidation.

  • sandwich

    A nation of snack-eaters


    The snacking market in the UK has seen substantial growth in the past few years but remains a highly diverse and fragmented segment. MCA market insight director, Steve Gotham, looks at what the data tells about the snacking opportunities for operators.

  • pret a manger

    Ready to EAT


    MCA editor James Wallin looks at the rationale behind Pret’s move to acquire EAT, what the scope is for the Veggie Pret format and whether a deal would spark more consolidation in the sector.

  • CrepeAffaire

    Crepe expectations


    Daniel Spinath, founder and chief executive of Crepeaffaire, talks with Jo Bruce about cinema sites in Saudi Arabia, savoury waffles, cocktails and being an entertainment company.

  • Loungers-Antony-Bennett

    Loungers: ‘We trial everything’


    Loungers’ head of food, Antony Bennett, talks to FoodSpark’s Sarah Sharples about how he brings in new food trends at Lounge and Cosy Club, the ingredients he is using to add layers of flavour and why new menus are always trialled on real customers.

  • PizzaExpress Langham Place, Oxford Circus 01

    Calling all contemporizers – your industry needs you!


    Some of the most established brands in the sector - including YO! and PizzaExpress – have been busy re-inventing themselves over the past year, as they update the look, feel and use of space in their restaurants. MCA market insight director, Steve Gotham, welcomes the approach and asks why more leading brands are not seeking to contemporize.

  • Asahi portfolio ontrade

    Taking Pride of place in the UK cask scene


    Asahi’s sales director on-trade, Pete Rowe, talks to James Wallin about the company’s landmark acquisition of Fuller’s beer business and its entry into the cask ale market.

  • Marston's

    Analysts corner: Marston’s


    With Marston’s due to release its interim results tomorrow, Goodbody takes a look at what it expects and the key questions it would like answered in the update.

  • Bluewater YO! Sushi

    Conveying a fresh brand message


    YO! chief executive Richard Hodgson talks to Dominic Walsh about the continued evolution of the company, as it continues to branch out into retail, food-to-go and partnerships. He also discusses international expansion and opening its first restaurant without the brand’s signature conveyor belt.

  • Meat and veg

    What we eat, how we shop and our changing out-of-home habits


    Registered nutritionist Dr. Laura Wyness digs into the findings from the FSA’s Food and You survey for MCA’s sister title Food Spark, and explains what they reveal about the UK diet.