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    Tortilla announces post-EOHO discounts

    2020-09-02T07:47:00Z

    Tortilla’s August sales were up by 50% Monday-Wednesday compared to the previous month, with two new deals announced to follow Eat Out to Help Out.

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    Karen Jones: Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace?

    2020-08-28T06:55:00Z

    So it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, pay day for many and the last EOTHO on Bank Holiday Monday. Many of our restaurants and pubs across the UK will be very busy and it seems an opportune moment to remind ourselves of the vital importance of all our places fully supporting NHS Test and Trace. Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace? Because hospitality offers safe spaces for people to enjoy being with friends and family. Because we are often at the centre of our communities and high streets. We have a real responsibility to keep our customers, our teams and our communities safe and well. NHS Test and Trace is a powerful way to do just that: collecting and providing the information to help break the chain of transmission and control the virus.

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    S.A. Brain CEO Alistair Darby: Industry must prove it’s not 'dirty, germ-ridden'

    2020-07-30T07:27:00Z

    In classing hospitality behind non-essential retail in its reopening strategy, the Government has enabled the idea that pubs and restaurants are high-risk spaces to return to, S.A. Brain CEO Alistair Darby has said. Speaking as part of MCA’s The Conversation, Darby shared his frustration that delaying the sector’s reopening – hospitality spaces in Wales are still prohibited from opening inside until 3 August – has “created the idea in many people’s minds that pubs and restaurants are dangerous places to go.”

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    Big fat stats put the obesity debate back on the menu

    2020-07-29T06:35:00Z

    There are times everyone needs a juicy bacon cheeseburger, a big portion of chips, a three piece KFC, a pepperoni pizza, lots of chocolate, a few scoops of ice cream or some crisps. Not altogether obviously, that would be far too delicious. But individually, and as an occasional treat, where’s the harm? The trouble is the UK has long suffered from a lack of restraint. Couple that with our love of takeaways and a national diet rooted in stodgy classics and we have reached a point where the government estimates that 63% of adults in England are overweight or obese. It says one in three kids leaves primary school overweight or obese. Obesity related illness costs the NHS over £6bn every year. Those are big fat stats.

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    Tortilla CEO Richard Morris: VAT cut will help us through tough times ahead

    2020-07-29T06:35:00Z

    The government’s 15% VAT reduction will be a useful boost for hospitality businesses faced with what’s set to be an incredibly challenging winter season, MCA’s The Conversation has heard.

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    Stephens: ‘Adapt delivery to family demographic’

    2020-04-29T07:50:00Z

    With the delivery demographic changing amid the coronavirus crisis, operators looking to adapt should develop a family offering, Brandon Stephens, Tortilla founder, told attendees at MCA’s online event, The Conversation.

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    Downey’s nine-month rent free proposal backed by industry leaders

    2020-04-21T07:40:00Z

    Jonathan Downey’s nine-month rent time out proposal will be put to Government this week, backed by a number of industry leaders.

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    Editor’s Opinion: Hang tight and plan your return

    2020-04-20T07:25:00Z

    The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc. It’s claimed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world and numbers continue to rise. As dreadful as that is, the long term socio-economic impact is more disturbing. The virus has created a level of disruption to health, society, and the economy that’s never happened before, outside of wartime. And while there is plenty of speculation on how life in general may get back to normal post-lockdown, with vaguely optimistic or pessimistic dates floating around, there is no clarity on how or when this might end.

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    Timeline: How the coronavirus crisis unfolded

    2020-04-20T07:22:00Z

    Here are just some of the twists and turns over the last few weeks. If you want to read all the MCA coverage of the coronavirus crisis click here.

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    FeedNHS goes nationwide

    2020-04-17T10:06:00Z

    FeedNHS, the not-for-profit campaign launched by Leon founder John Vincent, has announced that it will be going nationwide next week.

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    ​Steve Gotham: Contrasting coronavirus communications

    2020-04-03T07:51:00Z

    MCA’s Operator Data Index includes over 350 eating & drinking out chains with five outlets or more. We estimate these businesses generated a combined turnover of almost £27bn in 2019 – quite what this comparative will equate to in 2020 when the coronavirus dust eventually settles is a scary prospect. Many of these businesses have temporarily closed all operations, while a number are gallantly soldiering on with delivery or takeaway from selected locations only. Of those businesses still trading in some form, it is useful to review their online messages on how they are dealing with the coronavirus. Certainly, there are differences in how they are looking to both inform and reassure consumers.

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    Deliveroo, Leon, Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks lead the way on NHS fundraisers

    2020-03-30T11:41:00Z

    Over the weekend, operators including Deliveroo, Leon Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks launched fundraising campaigns to support NHS staff and frontline workers. 

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    Why are big brands abandoning takeaway and delivery?

    2020-03-23T18:30:00Z

    Takeaway and delivery last week emerged as a possible silver lining to the biblical storm clouds posing an existential threat to the restaurant and bar industry.

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    Subway, Tortilla, Pure and Wahaca to shut down entirely

    2020-03-23T15:09:00Z

    Subway and Tortilla will close all of their restaurants for delivery, takeaway and collection today.

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    UKH and Industry CEOs call on Government for immediate support

    2020-03-17T15:11:00Z

    In a joint letter with UK Hospitality, over 200 CEOs from across the hospitality industry have appealed to the Prime Minister to ’act without delay’ in implementing immediate government support for the sector.

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    Plan for ‘worst case scenario’ operators told

    2020-03-13T08:33:00Z

    Restaurant operators should plan for the worst-case scenario with the coronavirus outbreak, two leading investors told Restaurant magazine’s R200 conference.

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

    2020-03-05T07:28:00Z

    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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    Looking for signs of life

    2020-01-20T08:57:00Z

    Graeme Smith and Craig Rachel look at M&A activity in 2019.

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    Dark kitchen boom throws-up licensing and regulatory concerns

    2019-12-12T08:22:00Z

    Practically unheard of 18-months-ago, ‘dark kitchens’ is a phrase fast becoming common currency in the burgeoning food-delivery market. However, the very nature of them, coupled with the speed at which they’re being opened, is throwing-up a number of licensing issues, with some local authorities said to be playing catch-up ...