All Wasabi articles

  • Busaba
    Analysis & Insight

    Summer menus showcase classic dishes reimagined


    Whilst PizzaExpress returns to fan favourites for inspiration, Ole & Steen and Busaba embrace a reliable summer staple with strawberries and cream-themed dishes

  • Wasabi

    Wasabi still keen to expand UK restaurant portfolio


    The Capdesia-backed business views expansion into more suburban locations as an attractive area for future growth

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    Fuller’s appoints Sam Bourke to marketing role


    The pub and hotels business has appointed Sam Bourke as its new retail marketing director, as it looks to improve the business’ existing brand, digital and in-pub marketing activity.

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    Wasabi targeting suburban growth as part of portfolio expansion


    In accounts just published for the group, Wasabi said its business model had undergone significant changes as a result of the pandemic.

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    Wasabi founder Dong Hyun Kim steps down


    He will remain a minority shareholder and director of Wasabi, but no longer play an executive role at the company

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    Capdesia pumped £10.8m into Wasabi last year


    Wasabi’s backer Capdesia invested a further £10.8m into the business last year, in order to ensure it could meet its financial obligations and was well placed to invest in future growth post-pandemic.

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    Wasabi makes senior appointments


    Wasabi Sushi & Bento has made two new senior appointments.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Investor view: ‘Huge availability of property’ coming


    Investment hunger for food-to-go opportunities will build post-pandemic and focus on category leaders and the strongest operators, MCA’s Food To Go conference has heard.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Analysis: Clinging to life in the ghost town


    London, you may have heard, is a ghost town. In the latest round of borderline dystopian statistics to surface as a result of the pandemic, just 7,000 of the 120,000 workers based in Canary Wharf are back at their desks. And although office workers across the capital may be thrilled to be without the twice daily commuter Hunger Games, for those in hospitality, a few stifling minutes on the Central line is a non-issue if the alternative is unemployment. In the last month alone, city-based to-go brands including Wasabi, Tossed, Pret and most recently Itsu have appointed advisors to assess their options, but whilst, historically, the mention of advisors might ring alarm bells, faced with the current economic climate, it could be time to shed the stigma.

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    Capdesia backs Marugame Udon Europe JV


    Global noodle brand, Marugame Udon, will launch in London next year as part of a newly formed a joint venture between Shoryu Ramen backer Toridoll Holdings Corporation and Wasabi backer Capdesia Group.

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    Wasabi hires KPMG


    Wasabi, the Capdesia backed sushi and bento brand, has hired KPMG to negotiate rent cuts, the Sunday Times reports.

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    FeedNHS goes nationwide


    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


    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


    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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    Costa, Domino’s and Pizza Hut mass-distribute to key workers and the vulnerable


    Costa, Dominos and Pizza Hut have all launched initiatives to deliver free food and drink to key workers and vulnerable communities.

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    Loyalty, promotional planning and driving footfall


    To discuss their contrasting approaches to data collection, MCA welcomed digital and marketing leaders from a range of operators for a roundtable discussion, in association with Punchh.

  • Restaurant

    Looking for signs of life


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

  • Greene King

    M&A Review of the Year


    It certainly hasn’t been a year in hospitality M&A for the faint hearted, but for those who have stuck with the sector and taken a long-term view, opportunity has knocked. Despite fears of an investor hiatus as a result of lingering uncertainty (ongoing Brexit delays certainly haven’t been helpful to M&A advisors!), the past 12 months has again proved the robustness of the M&A market in this sector, and points to further opportunities for 2020.

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    Yo! to trial grab and go concept in Manchester


    Yo! is to trial an express format restaurant designed for customers on the go, like a “Japanese version of Leon”, MCA’s sister title Big Hospitality reports.

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    Wasabi appoints Birts CEO


    Wasabi, the sushi and bento chain, has appointed Henry Birts, formerly of Pizza Hut, as its new CEO.