September 2019

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    FSA announces allergy plans following Byron inquest


    The Food Standards Agency board has announced a series of measures to protect consumers with food allergies and intolerances.

  • Nisha Katona

    Nisha Katona: ‘What is trending is affordability’


    The founder of Mowgli chats with Food Spark’s Sarah Sharples about Yogurt Chat Bombs, the four pillars of her business and what’s emerging in the UK’s regional food scene.

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    Wagamama partners with Gousto


    Wagamama has partnered with recipe box company Gousto to supply recipe boxes for some of the restaurant’s favourite dishes.

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    Applegreen sees total food sales slip back in H1 2019


    Applegreen saw total UK food and store sales slip back from their strong performance last year, to +1.4% for the six months to 30 June 2019.

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    Thinking outside the lunch box


    Lunch visits are falling in frequency, but are there ways restaurants can work around, or with, this change in customer habits? Tony Naylor puts his thoughts on paper for MCA’s sister title Restaurant.

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    Berenberg on City Pub Group


    City Pub Group’s (CPG) H1 results showed “impressive top-line momentum”, said analysts at Berenberg, after the pub operator reported sales were up 36% year-on-year.

  • Hubbox

    Hubbox appoints first full time finance director


    Hubbox has appointed Chris Hugo as its first full time finance director. Hugo joins Hubbox from Watergate Bay where he spent 16 years as Commercial and Finance Director. During his time at Watergate Bay sales grew from £2m to £19m. Hugo also oversaw the creation and financing of Beach Retreats self-catering holidays and Another Place Hotels. He was also founding director of Fifteen Cornwall.

  • Clive Watson

    Sales hike for City Pub Group


    The City Pub Group has revealed a sales uplift of 36% to £27.1m for the 26 weeks ended 30 June 2019. It said like for like sales were up 2.6% and pre-tax profits, adjusted for a share options charge and exceptional items, were up 19% to £1.9m.

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    Investors willing to pay premium for best in class operators


    Despite the greater prevalence of distress transactions, investors are willing to pay top valuations for businesses that are best in class, according to Graeme Smith, MD at AlixPartners.

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    Profile: Monster collection


    With a model of lucrative sites in statement tourist locations, The Inn Collection Group has its sights set on the lucrative Lake District. Managing director Sean Donkin lays out these plans from the group’s flagship Bamburgh Castle Inn, and explains why he won’t stray from the middle market.