All Wagamama articles

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    Analysis & Insight

    Thirty years of Nando’s, Wagamama and a British food revolution


    The Guardian analyses how Nando’s and Wagamama have revolutionised the UK restaurant industry

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    TRG’s CEO Andy Hornby’s £1m gravy train


    Hornby has been blasted for taking a bonus after the owner of Wagamama and Frankie & Benny received £43m in furlough cash, This Is Money reports 

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    Wagamama reopens airport sites


    The move comes amid “huge demand” for international air travel at UK airports, with all five of Wagamama’s airport sites now open

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    Analysis & Insight

    Berenberg: ‘TRG’s growth outlook is best-in-class’


    The analyst said that despite facing significant cost inflation this year, it thinks TRG can still outperform consensus earnings expectations

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    TRG: We won’t take customers for granted


    Following The Restaurant Group’s full year results, CEO Andy Hornby tells MCA how delivery has plateaued at Wagamama, why he’s cautiously optimistic about the revival of concessions, and why the group won’t be hiking prices in line with inflation

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    Wagamama launches new lunchtime delivery concept


    BOX is a new lunchtime delivery concept designed for the hybrid worker and will be available across London and Leeds

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    Wagamama to fully reopen London estate


    The Restaurant Group-owned business said that following months of increased demand at Wagamama’s other central London sites, the five that had stayed shuttered would reopen over the next month

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    Analysis & Insight

    Restaurants debut new planted-based dishes as Veganuary returns


    With the UK’s appetite showing no signing of abating, MCA rounds-up some of the latest vegan innovations to hit menus this month.

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    Peter Martin: Life in the fast lane


    If Neat Burger is anything to go by, green, fast and tech-centric appear to be key attributes for an attractive investment in the out-of-home market these days

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    Wagamama makes half menu vegan


    The Pan-Asian brand says it is the UK’s first high street restaurant to give plant-based dishes equal share on its menu.

  • Andy Hornby

    Andy Hornby: ‘Make sure your supply forecasting is nailed on’


    In the second part of an interview with MCA, Andy Hornby, chief executive of The Restaurant Group, discusses the importance of accurate supply forecasting and simplifying menus as a way of controlling menu price inflation. He also discusses pub estate expansion, as well as current and future prospects for trading.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Cost increases could cloud TRG’s future performance


    There was a generally positive reaction from analysts to The Restaurant Group’s recent first half trading update, which included the 15-week period following the reopening of indoor dining, although longer-term questions remain.

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    Andy Hornby: “There is a long-term structural shift around delivery”


    Following The Restaurant Group’s first-half results announcement MCA caught up with Andy Hornby, chief executive, to discuss recent trading.

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    Wagamama achieves +21% like-for-like growth


    The Restaurant Group has reported strong like-for-like sales since the reopening of indoor trading. But dine-in covers remain below 2019 equivalents, with much of the growth coming via delivery. During the 15 weeks to 29 August 2021, its Wagamama brand achieved +21% like-for-like growth versus its 2019 ...

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    Wagamama launches ‘plant pledge’ campaign


    Wagamama has launched a “plant pledge” campaign to encourage diners to eat more vegan dishes and cut back on meat and dairy to help the environment. The company confirmed 50% of its menu will be meat-free from October 6.

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    Wagamama warns of staff shortages


    Wagamama is struggling to hire chefs at a fifth of its sites, chief executive Thomas Heier has said.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Lumina: Challenging trading made worse by staff shortages


    Lumina Intelligence’s Top Of Mind Survey shows that respondents believe that pre-existing recruitment challenges have been exacerbated by Brexit and the pandemic, with 93% of eating out professionals describing the current trading environment as being either challenging or extremely challenging. Yet the majority of those surveyed are expecting trading conditions to improve across the next 12 months. McDonald’s, Pret and Wagamama are admired brands that are making a success of tapping into key trends such as delivery, technology, sustainability and plant based foods.

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    Côte: ‘We want to make this a beautiful thing’


    Côte executive chair Jane Holbrook is looking to ‘do a Wagamama’ on the French brasserie brand and make it one of the stand-out performers in the market. Joining last year with new owners Partners Group – an acquisition which won Deal of the Year at MCA’s Retailer’s Retailer Awards – she shares her vision for the restaurant group, and why it must become more relevant and contemporary to win over a new generation of customers.

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    Jane Holbrook: ‘Cote had lost its way’


    Cote executive chair Jane Holbrook has told MCA the new management team and owners are looking to “do a Wagamama” on the French brassiere brand.

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    Wagamama heads to Paddington


    Wagamama has opened its latest restaurant in Paddington, designed with ample space for click and collect and delivery.