By M&C Report team2006-11-05T08:13:00+00:00
Data from Lumina Intelligence’s Menu Tracker is helping to shed a light on trends in starter and main cuisines within chain pubs and restaurants. In restaurants, Italian cuisine continues to dominate while the incidence of pan-Asian dishes grow. British cuisine dominates pub & bar menus and leads year-on-year growth.
CGA research indicates that 56% of consumers have returned to restaurants, pubs and bars since 19 July, although a continued focus on social distancing measures in venues is keeping sales below pre-Covid levels. In total, around three quarters (73%) of consumers have returned to the out-of-home market since venues could reopen in April.
MCA caught up with Ralph Findlay, chief executive of Marston’s, following the group’s Q3 trading update. He discussed the group’s increasing focus on premium pubs and the benefits of a technology upgrade. While describing the pingdemic as a “severe headache” and voicing concerns around VAT and price rises, he was nonetheless optimistic about the pub sector’s potential for recovery.
Arc Inspirations has resumed its expansion plans with two new openings announced for the northern bar operator, including its first in the Midlands.
Originally announcing plans to go public as a standalone company in April, in the event it was a trade buyer that sealed the deal for Hawthorn.
Tokyo Industries CEO Aaron Mellor has described proposals for nightclubs to check vaccine passports as “impossible to enforce”.
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