All Wasabi articles

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    Analysis & Insight

    Investor view: ‘Huge availability of property’ coming

    2021-03-30T07:27:00Z

    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

    2020-07-15T07:18:00Z

    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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    News

    Capdesia backs Marugame Udon Europe JV

    2020-07-01T07:43:00Z

    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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    News

    Wasabi hires KPMG

    2020-06-08T07:41:00Z

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

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    News

    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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    News

    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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    News

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

    2020-03-26T17:04:00Z

    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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    News

    Loyalty, promotional planning and driving footfall

    2020-03-10T08:51:00Z

    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.

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    News

    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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    News

    M&A Review of the Year

    2019-12-16T08:08:00Z

    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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    News

    Yo! to trial grab and go concept in Manchester

    2019-10-24T07:45:00Z

    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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    News

    Wasabi appoints Birts CEO

    2019-10-11T08:08:00Z

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

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    News

    Say hello to the newest version of Yo!

    2019-10-09T07:03:00Z

    When Yo! Sushi arrived in the UK in 1997 it was everything casual dining wants to be in 2019. Colourful, fun, innovative and fresh, it also had entertainment on the side thanks to the novel kaiten conveyor belt that served up plates of food. Remarkably, the novelty hasn’t worn off, even after 22 years. Yo!, which dropped the ‘Sushi’ from its name in September to send a message to the squeamish that it offered more than just raw fish, reported a UK sales hike of 5% to £88.9m in July.

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    News

    Yapster raises £2.6m

    2019-10-07T07:37:00Z

    Yapster, a communications platform for hospitality workers, has raised just over £2.6m as the company looks to deliver on its ambitious growth plans for 2020 and beyond.

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    News

    SushiDog widens reach with virtual kitchens

    2019-08-28T07:35:00Z

    Fusion brand SushiDog has launched a second virtual kitchen, in partnership with Deliveroo and Kitopi, MCA understands.

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    News

    Frederic Lluch steps down as MD of Wasabi

    2019-07-11T08:00:00Z

    Frederic Lluch has stepped down as managing director of Wasabi Sushi & Bento, and leaves the business today (11 July).

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    News

    Wasabi secures investment from Capdesia and Sushiro

    2019-05-10T06:08:00Z

    Private equity firm Capdesia has acquired a minority stake in the 55-strong Wasabi chain.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Heating up: Itsu’s growing hot food sales

    2019-05-03T06:29:00Z

    The grab-and-go chain’s group marketing director speaks to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about how past successes are informing future menu development.

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    Opinion

    Gotham’s Easter quiz

    2019-04-18T07:21:00Z

    With the Easter bank holiday weekend almost upon us, MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham offers up a bit of a light-hearted break from the norm with a test of your knowledge of the eating and drinking out market.