Please see below M&C Report’s roundup of the weekend press: Chipotle plans 200 UK sites The Mexican food fast casual brand Chipotle has hired the property agent Michael Peddar & Co to search for sites in London and elsewhere, with a view to opening 200 stores in the UK eventually. The US chain has 1,100 sites in the UK and Canada. After a launch of its first site in Charing Cross last year, the company is confident it can successfully expand here. In London, it has just signed to a take a 50-cover restaurant in Baker Street, a site formerly occupied by a building society and owned by Labour peer Lord Paul. Michael Peddar is looking to find four or five sites for Chipotle this year. The Independent on Sunday Caring plots 120 more Cote restaurants Restaurant entrepreneur Richard Caring has targeted 120 new openings for French brasserie chain Cote by the end of 2013. Caring, who owns The Ivy and Caprice through his Caprice Holdings investment vehicle, said: “We have 29 at the moment and we’d like to get to 150 within 30 months.” Distressed trading conditions made it more likely that sites will become available. “There will be a lot of opportunities to acquire sites.” The Mail on Sunday Dyson aims to place Spirit at centre of industry consolidation Punch Taverns chief executive Ian Dyson has been working on a three-part strategy to put the de-merged Spirit business at the heart of managed sector consolidation. The first stage is understood to involve achieving greater operational performance for Spirit’s 800 core managed pubs, with around £100m set aside for capital expenditure for the remaining one-third of the estate which is yet to be refurbished. The second stage involves an analysis of the 500 tenanted pubs Spirit will inherit. The last stage, which is unlikely for two or three years, would involve Spirit taking an active part in sector consolidation. The Sunday Telegraph Leisure firms use assets to plug pension holes A number of cash-starved firm have recently used company assets to fill pension holes. Diageo has passed more than two million barrels of maturing whisky – with a book value of £500m – into a pension-funding vehicle to help plug its £862m deficit. And Whitbread filled its £434m pension hole by putting properties occupied by Premier Inn worth £228m into a special-purpose vehicle. The Mail on Sunday Supermarkets attack plan to protect suppliers Long-awaited legislation on how supermarkets treat suppliers looks likely to be derailed or rendered toothless by “heavy artillery lobbying” from the big retailers. Asda, Sainsbury’s, the British Retail Consortium and the Co-op have all told a Commons select committee that the proposed groceries code adjudicator is an unnecessary extra burden on supermarkets and that it would lead to higher food prices. The Government is likely to heed the warning amid fears that food inflation is already running at 4.9%. Three thousand farmers and other suppliers have already gone out of business as a direct result of supermarkets’ bullying and unfair buying policies, according to Cornish MP Andrew George. A survey of farmers by the Observer uncovered accusations of “no-price contracts” being forced to sell their produce on two-for-one discounts and having to use supermarkets preferred middlemen at vastly increased cost – all banned by the existing code of conduct. The Observer Sydney bans smoking on one side of the street Smoking has been banned on one side of the street but allowed on the other side after a split between two councils. The ban, ordered by Marrickville council, applies to smoking at table along the footpath on the western side of a café-line road. The other side, governed by the city of Sydney, still allows outdoor smoking. The city’s formerly working class - and increasingly gentrified – Newtown area is largely occupied by young professionals and down-at-heel artists and students. The ban took effect on Friday, leaving café owners and coffee-sipping smoker somewhat bewildered. “This is absurd,” said Bessie Kounadis, who owns Buzzbar, a café on the western, non-smoking side. “I’m going to have to sell all my smoking customers get up and go to the café across the street. This is going to kill me. It’s so unfair.” The Telegraph, Saturday Red wine an alternative to exercise Drinking red wine every day could keep you fit, according to a new study. Scientists claim that a compound found in red wine could halt the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. They claim resveratol, which is found in the skin of red grapes and other fruits, could provide “exercise in a bottle” for those who are unable to lead more active lives. Research published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology suggests a daily intake of resveratol prevents the ill-effects of inactivity on muscle and bone metabolism. Dr Gerald Weissman, the editor of the FASEB journal, said: “Resveratol may not be a substitute for exercise, but it could slow deterioration until someone can get moving again.” The Telegraph, Saturday Waitrose ready to flex competitive muscle Waitrose is planning to open 20 “Little Waitrose” convenience stores in and around London in the next 18 months. Thee up-market chain is to open a convenience store on Tottenham Court Road in London this week and will begin advertising for other sites, with putative plans to open between 300 and 400 such sites eventually. Waitrose managing director Mark Price said: “We are formally going to put the foot on the gas. We are rolling this out and now we want as many sites as we can get all over the country.” The focus in the first instance is within the M25. Price said Waitrose would be competing with everyone, including M&S, independent stores, restaurants and stores selling food to take away. The FT Weekend Junk food advertising should be banned before 9pm Junk food advertising should be banned before the 9pm watershed, say psychologists. In a study by Liverpool University, 281 children were shown an episode of a cartoon preceded by commercials either for toys or for snacks and fast food. The children were then asked what they would like to eat. The study found that after viewing the food commercials the children were more likely to pick junk foods. Emma Boyland, of Liverpool University, said a watershed would mean children were not exposed to advertising for unhealthy food during family viewing. The Daily Telegraph, Saturday Heineken signs up for Google campaign Heineken is hoping to reach the parts that other beer advertisers have not previously reached by signing up to a global marketing campaign with Google that will also see it on YouTube and appearing on smartphones. Henrique de Castro, Google’s global head of media, said the Heineken initiative is “one of our biggest global display campaigns ever”. The brewer is reckoned to spend about 80 million Euros of its annual 2 billion Euros marketing budget on online advertising. The Times, Saturday Drunk yuppies cause thousands of house fires Young professionals who return home drunk are thought to cause thousand of house fires every year. They are believed to have caused a quarter of all London house fires by falling asleep with food on the stove or in the oven. London Fire Brigade officers said that over the past three years 4,534 fires had been caused by people aged 18 to 35 on more than £40,000 a year. They are usually university-educated, living in rented accommodation and drink alcohol at least three times a week. The analysis was conducted by recording the location of fires on a “mosaic” mapping tool that profiles neighbourhoods by residents’ wealth and social class. The Telegraph, Saturday Chinese restaurant chain eyes expansion overseas Chinese restaurant chain Taoranju has registered its name as a trademark in Britain and a dozen other countries as it plans overseas expansion. The chain has expanded from a single site to 90 in 15 years – an early expansion rate much faster than the early trajectories of Starbucks and McDonald’s. Founder Yan Qi is based in the city of Chongqing. She said: “This is the food capital of China and it is very, very competitive. Dishes are invented here. Some succeed, many fail. If you can survive more than a few years running a restaurant in Chongqing, you can survive anywhere in China, anywhere in the world.” The Times, Saturday