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    Trio of new Tim Hortons drive thru sites announced


    Tim Hortons has announced plans for three more drive thru locations in retail and leisure parks as it continues to build its pipeline of new sites. MCA recently spoke with Kevin Hydes, chief commercial officer, who stated that the drive thru trading model is “really, really important to us.” Currently half of Tim Hortons’ UK sites have a drive thru facility, with all announced pipeline sites also including a drive thru.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Brandwatch: Tim Hortons


    Chances are, that if it is not already the case, then a Tim Hortons outlet will soon be appearing in a town near you. According to Kevin Hydes, chief commerical officer, the brand will shortly announce further openings as it continues its UK expansion, away from its northern focus. MCA spoke with Hydes to find out more about its plans, and travelled to Harlow to experience the brand first-hand.

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    Wendy’s to expand via delivery kitchens


    Delivery kitchens will become a cornerstone of Wendy’s expansion after the company announced plans to partner with Reef and open between five and 10 dark kitchens in the UK before the end of the year. Reef will become Wendy’s first franchisee in the UK and will initially focus on opening delivery kitchens in central London.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Average spend up as pubs and bars grow share


    Latest data from Lumina Intelligence’s Eating & Drinking Out Panel indicates a shift in channel share during the four weeks to 11 July 2021 driven by the Euros. As consumers gathered to watch the football, pubs and bars have continued to gain channel share, accounting for 15.0% of total eating out occasions across the four weeks – up 2ppts versus the previous period. Restaurants have also continued to grow share, up 0.6ppts to 12.7%.

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    Growing brands highlight key market trends


    Lumina’s latest ODI (Operator Data Index) analysis includes full year 2021 outlet growth forecasts for both emerging and established brands within important market segments. It also discusses some of the key market trends that are currently helping brands expand. Trends include creating atmosphere, focusing on online and diversification of offer.

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    Domino’s: Collection and store openings to drive future growth


    Domino’s has given more details on its strategic, operational and financial performance following the release of its first half results. While giving an update on the execution of its strategy the importance of driving its collection business was highlighted, something Domino’s sees as providing an incremental growth opportunity. Store openings will continue to be supported by changed franchisee incentives.

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    Domino’s ‘strong’ first half sales supported by VAT cut


    Domino’s has delivered a “strong” performance for the first half of 2021, aided by reduced VAT, the Euros, an increase in orders and the chain’s own marketing activity. In the 26 weeks to 27 June 2021, UK and Ireland system sales grew 19.6% to £752.3m. Like-for-like system sales, excluding splits were up 19.3% (18.4% including splits). The chain warned that second half growth would be lower due to scheduled VAT increases. 

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    KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell see sales recover


    Yum! Brands – owner of KFCPizza Hut and Taco Bell - has reported strong Q2 growth, with KFC UK’s system sales rising 248% compared with the previous year, when many of its stores were shut due to the pandemic.

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    McDonald’s global sales rise during reopening


    McDonald’s has experienced strong Q2 growth in global sales, with like-for-like growth in the UK said to be “strong” and “positive”. The fast-food chain is looking to continue the digital sales growth it has experienced during the pandemic and recently launched the MyMcDonald’s Rewards scheme in the US.

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    KFC UK achieves ‘leading’ status for its chicken welfare


    Charity World Animal Protection has released its annual fast food league table focused on the welfare of chickens in the supply chain and has awarded KFC UK with ‘leading’ status. 

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    Burger King adds 17 sites to company-owned estate


    Burger King UK has acquired Romford-based Burger King franchise business Zing Leisure Limited, in a deal which sees 17 sites added to its company-owned portfolio.

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    Burger King promotes meat-free options


    Burger King has expanded its range of meat-free items, adding a Vegan Royale to its menu. The burger is certified by The Vegan Society and is made with crispy-coated plant-based chicken.

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    KFC’s Jo Tivers: “I love pickled and fermented ingredients - they go so well with the KFC Original Recipe”


    KFC’s NPD team lead discusses the success of its Vegan Burger, where KFC plans to take its plant-based menu next and why texture is too often overlooked by product developers.

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    KFC sales up


    KFC UK has seen a sales uplift of 11% for its fourth quarter ended 31 December 2019.

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    Burger King UK embraces being a 'follower not a leader'


    Burger King UK has “embraced being a follower, with an ambition to be a fast one” Tim Love, the brand’s digital marketing manager told delegates at MCA’s Hostech event this week.

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    Subway launches sustainability strategy


    Subway has announced plans for a new ‘Fresh CSR Agenda’ across the UK and Ireland in order to support its owner-operated business growth strategy.

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    Shuker leaves KFC


    Martin Shuker, managing director of KFC Western Europe, has announced his decision to retire after nearly three years in the role.

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    KFC ads banned over ‘cluck’ row


    Two print ads for KFC have been banned after the ASA agreed with complaints that it had substituted the word ‘Cluck’ for ‘Fuck’ during a recent campaign. A poster displayed at bus stops and other locations during September featured the phrase “What the cluck?! £1.99 fill up lunch” while print ads in the Metro and the Sun were identical except one featured the elongated word “cluuuuuck”.

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    Burger King UK increases company owned portfolio to 100 restaurants


    Burger King UK Group has purchased eight new locations, increasing the company owned portfolio to 100.

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    KFC UK sees sales up 6% in Q3


    KFC UK achieved a 6% sales increase for the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, resulting in a +14% increase for the year-to-date.