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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Whitbread F&B – some extra meat on the restaurant bones


    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham asks why Whitbread is so shy about discussing its substantial restaurant and pub portfolio. He delves into the available data to see what can be gleaned about Whitbread’s F&B brands and their resonance with consumers

  • Zizzi

    Mark out of Ten: Zizzi doing it for the ‘Gram


    This week the Azzurri Group became the first UK restaurant group to hire a dedicated Instagrammer, to promote its Zizzi chain. In his latest MCA column, Mark McCulloch – the brand and marketing guru behind Supersonic Inc – gives his view on the appointment and asks why the sector as a whole has been so slow to embrace this sort of innovation.

  • Beyond Burger at Honest burgers

    Bun fight


    Competition in the premium burger space is at an all-time high. Some are concentrating on getting the basics right, while others are expanding menus with novelty items. Restaurant Magazine’s Joe Lutrario investigates

  • Loungers - Nick Collins, CEO, and Alex Reilley, Chair, seated 5

    The end of the beginning


    Loungers’ admission to AIM at the end of last month caps a remarkable 17-year growth story, but as chief executive Nick Collins and chairman Alex Reilley tell James Wallin, they are only just getting started. They discuss the learnings from the IPO and the next steps for Loungers, including the potential for further sites in big cities as well as an eventual entry to the Scottish market.

  • Waitress

    Satisfaction or sales – how can you measure success?


    New ways to “measure the unmeasurable” mean that satisfaction data could start to rival sales data as a key metric for operators, according to Gary Goodman, chief executive of Yumpingo.

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    Analysts corner: When will the wheels fall off the Waga?


    Peel Hunt analyst Douglas Jack gives his view on the prospects for The Restaurant Group, which is due to report on Q1 trading next week. He says that while Wagamama’s like-for-like sales are likely to flatter for a while yet, the cost of labour inflation and broadly flat lfls in the rest of the company leaves the brand with little room to slow. He also asks whether it is time for companies like TRG to break out their in-store and delivery revenues and lfl sales.

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    Second coming


    Taco Bell may be a well-known brand by name, but it’s only been in the past five years that it has made its mark on the streets of Britain. Georgi Gyton meets with general manager for Europe, Jorge Torres to discuss why the brand has an advantage over other operators and how social media is enabling is to tap into its target fan base.