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    Consumer confidence dips to lowest recorded level


    Consumer confidence in the first quarter of the year fell to -18% as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Deloitte’s consumer tracker has revealed.

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    Spend and frequency down at Dinner


    Eating out at Dinner has fallen in frequency and average spend this month as the storms and coronavirus rattle consumer participation, MCA’s latest Eating Out Panel has revealed.

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    February trading sees industry-wide decline


    Trading in the pub, restaurant and bar sector suffered significantly in February as coronavirus and extreme weather conditions had a negative impact on footfall, new research by the Coffer Peach Business Tracker has revealed.

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    What women want – and other gender differences


    In recognition of International Women’s Day, it is topical to look at some of the gender differences that exist in the Eating Out market. Using MCA’s Eating Out Panel consumer tracking data, a review of behavioural patterns quickly finds that equality is not evident on several fronts, and also, that women have subtly different priorities when they eat out. 

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    Confidence shot by coronavirus


    Confidence among the bosses of Britain’s pub and restaurant groups has been fractured by the double whammy of coronavirus and the Government’s new immigration policy, a new snap poll reveals.

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    Multiple operators see boost as licensed supply falls by 1.8%


    The supply of restaurants, pubs, bars and other licensed premises fell by 1.8% in the 12 months to December 2019, but multi-site restaurants grew by 1.8%, CGA research finds.

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    ​Confidence at four year high before coronovirus outbreak - CGA


    Optimism among eating and drinking out leaders was at its highest level for nearly four years in February, CGA’s latest Business Leaders’ Survey revealed. 

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    ​Steve Gotham: Turning up the heat and other NPD delights


    New product development (NPD) is rightly recognised as a lifeblood for the eating out industry, and MCA’s Menu Tracker offers insights into the latest menu trends and influences across 150 leading operators. This review only serve as a taster, but the three courses have each been accompanied with three key summary insights.    

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    Beer sales up 1.1% in 2019 - BBPA


    Total beer sales increased by 1.1% in 2019 to more than 8 billion pints – but a rise in beer duty in the forthcoming budget would stifle further growth, the British Beer and Pub Association has warned.

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    Steve Gotham: Diners are ‘creatures of habit’


    It has long been recognised that we are what we eat. Equally, this might well be extended to we are when we eat out. Using MCA’s Eating Out Panel (EOP) data, consumption insights show that we are creatures of habit when it comes to our eating out preferences by day of the week.

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    Steve Gotham: The devil in the detail on outlet growth


    Outlet numbers are a critical metric we closely study within MCA’s Operator Data Index. Recently we rechecked December 2019 numbers, reassessed growth trends and reviewed outlook announcements from operators, ahead of producing our own forecasts of expansion/contraction across 250 leading casual dining brands.

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    Breakfast wins amid eating out lull


    Eating out participation fell to a three low in January, with 91.7% of UK adults now eating out regularly, MCA’s analysis reveals.

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    Regional restaurants spearhead January sales


    Restaurant groups were at the forefront of January’s industry sales uplift with like-for-like’s up 2.5%, the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker has revealed.

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    January weather chills restaurant spend


    The chilly weather in January kept consumers indoors, with spending in restaurants falling for the third month in a row by 3.5%, while takeaway expenditure grew 11.4%.

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    Food to Go key take-outs


    Now I might be a tad biased, but I thought MCA’s recent Food to Go conference was rather good. It’s always great to hear from operators at the coal-face, and the line-up included several interesting speakers all prepared to share some insights on how they are grappling with the opportunities and challenges of the maturing Food to Go marketplace. And yes, let’s not be in any illusion, some of the froth has come off this previous darling of the Eating Out market, with increasing signs of localised saturation only reinforcing the importance of enhancing consumer relevance. So how is this being pursued?

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    Consumers flock to retail parks as high street falters


    Footfall is up in retail parks and shopping centres, but down in the high street, new research from retail analyst Springboard reveals.

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    Top 10 F2G brands grow market share


    The top 10 Food To Go brands grew sales by 3.4% in 2019 to a market share of 33.6%, outperforming the wider Food to Go (FTG) market, MCA Insight reveals.

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    A stock-take on physical expansion


    A stock-take on physical expansion – Review of 2019 risers and fallers

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    The Dynamic Meal Equation


    There are times when even some basic mathematics can provide valuable concision and perspective. 

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    ​Four in five expect sustainability from operators


    Consumers are demanding increasingly more engagement on sustainability from hospitality operators, according to the latest edition of CGA’s Future Shock report.