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Thursday 19th April 2018
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UK’s ‘first dedicated hospitality festival’ to launch in August: The UK’s “first dedicated hospitality festival” is to launch in August. PX+ Festival will take place at Duchess Farms in Sawbridgeworth, Essex, from Friday, 24 A … view
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Wednesday 18th April 2018
Byron appoints Steve de Polo as commercial and brand director
Byron appoints Steve de Polo as commercial and brand director: Better burger brand Byron has appointed Steve de Polo as commercial and brand director. De Polo joins from Ei Group, where he was customer director in charge of sales and marketing … view
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Wednesday 18th April 2018
Update: Costa Coffee, Pret A Manger and Vianet
Costa Coffee pledges to boost coffee cup recycling scheme: Whitbread’s Costa Coffee brand has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020 in a bid to reduce landfill waste. Under the scheme 500m coffee cups a year wou … view
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Wednesday 18th April 2018
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Restaurant numbers hold up, licensed premises fall just 0.3% as drink-led venues lead closures: Restaurant numbers have held up while there was only a small decline in licensed premises in 2017, according to the latest Market Growth Monit … view
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Wednesday 18th April 2018
Restaurant numbers hold up, licensed premises fall just 0.3% as drink-led venues lead closures
Restaurant numbers hold up, licensed premises fall just 0.3% as drink-led venues lead closures: Restaurant numbers have held up while there was only a small decline in licensed premises in 2017, according to the latest Market Growth Monit … view
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Tuesday 17th April 2018
Update: Diversey and Zenith merge, Christie Group, Majestic Wines
Diversey and Zenith merge: Diversey and Zenith Hygiene Group have announced the completion of the transaction by Bain Capital Private Equity which will combine the two companies, creating the UK and Ireland’s largest manufacturer and su … view
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Tuesday 17th April 2018
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Wagamama highlights rise of the ‘nano lunch’: A new report compiled by Wagamama has revealed a rise in the “nano lunch” trend, where people take fewer than 15 minutes for their lunch break. Publication of the “Lunch Report” fo … view
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Monday 16th April 2018
Punch appoints Clive Chesser as chief executive, new operator for Jamie Oliver's Australia business
Punch appoints Clive Chesser as new chief executive: Punch has appointed Clive Chesser as its new chief executive. Chesser will join Punch on Monday, 4 June and brings more than 25 years of industry experience, having run Greene King’s … view
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Monday 16th April 2018
ETM Group secures £10m funding package
ETM Group secures £10m funding package to support growth plans: ETM Group, the 14-strong bar and restaurant company, has secured a £10m funding package from HSBC to support its growth plans. The next site to open will be Maple in Westfi … view
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Monday 16th April 2018
JD Wetherspoon to close Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts
JD Wetherspoon to close Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts: JD Wetherspoon is to close down its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for its individual pubs and head office. The company, which has almost 900 pubs across the UK a … view
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Monday 16th April 2018
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Deliveroo trials delivering food to airport departure gate: Deliveroo and HMSHost International are trialling the delivery of food to passengers at the gate at Amsterdam Schipol airport. A pilot service has involved passengers flying from … view
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Friday 13th April 2018
Deliveroo helps UK operators create ‘virtual restaurants’, ten more launching
Deliveroo helps UK operators create ‘virtual restaurants’, ten more launching: Deliveroo is working with UK operators to create additional “virtual restaurants” in its state-of-the-art, delivery-only Editions kitchens. Deliveroo said i … view
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Friday 13th April 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Buffets battle for survival, drinking by numbers and how to create the perfect coffee bar 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase and Georgia Hall

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Friday 13th April 2018
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Sector enjoys strong Easter but sees March like-for-likes fall 3.1%: Strong trading over the Easter holiday weekend helped lift the gloom for Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups after a snow-hit March. The latest Coffer Peach Bu … view
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Friday 13th April 2018
Sector enjoys strong Easter but sees March like-for-likes fall 3.1%
Sector enjoys strong Easter but sees March like-for-likes fall 3.1%: Strong trading over the Easter holiday weekend helped lift the gloom for Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups after a snow-hit March. The latest Coffer Peach Busines … view
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Thursday 12th April 2018
SA Brain chief executive to depart
SA Brain chief executive to depart: Brewer and retailer SA Brain has announced chief executive Scott Waddington is to step down as part of a board succession planning process being undertaken by chairman John Rhys. The search for his succ … view
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Thursday 12th April 2018
Update: Greene King trading, City Pub Group results
Greene King has reported like-for-like sales down 1.8% in first 49 weeks: Greene King has issued a pre-close trading statement in which it reported like for-likes down 1.8% in its first 49 weeks of the financial year. The company stated: … view
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Thursday 12th April 2018
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TGI Friday’s UK staff ballot to strike over pay and tips: TGI Friday’s UK staff will ballot to strike in a dispute over wages and tips. The Unite union said it would hold strike ballots at two branches every week from Friday (13 April … view
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
Leon to launch Thai food brand, Martin Morales to open London’s first Peruvian bakery
Leon to launch first Thai fast food restaurant: Leon has announced the launch of a Thai fast food pop-up Tuk Shop – a joint venture with Bangkok-based food group Aylmer Aaharn. The restaurant will debut this spring in an existing … view
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
Update: Thai brand seeks investor, Easyhotel, Escape Hunt
Thai brand seeks equity investor as it opens its 13th site: An award-winning Thai brand is seeking an investor following the successful opening of its 13th branch, this time in Hove in Sussex. Led by Minhaz Nasir, who opened his first Lem … view
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
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Online distributor EeBriaTrade launches craft beer tendering technology: Beer distributor EeBriaTrade has launched tap tendering technology that allows the UK on-trade to source craft beer from more than 400 breweries online. The process … view
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Tuesday 10th April 2018
Update: Coffee shops to overtake pubs by 2030, Meatliquor results
Coffee shops to overtake pubs by 2030: New research commissioned on behalf of The London Coffee Festival has found 3.3 new coffee shops opening daily across the nation. This growth sees the coffee shop industry pouring £9.6bn into the UK … view
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Tuesday 10th April 2018
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Dominion Hospitality appoints managing director to lead growth: Dominion Hospitality, which owns and operates 28 hotels and pubs in the south of England, has appointment Drew Brown as managing director. Brown joins to lead the develo … view
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Monday 9th April 2018
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Innventure expansion on hold in high-cost environment, diversifies into holiday let and art gallery business: Innventure, the gastro-pub operator led by former Mitchells & Butlers executive Chris Gerard, has put its expansion plans on hol … view
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Friday 6th April 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Top ten restaurant trends for 2018, don’t change Draft House, the benefits of getting stuck in, and millennials and delivery – their relationship explained
Authors: James Hacon, Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Caro … view
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Friday 6th April 2018
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C&C Group managing director Andrea Pozzi – ‘failure of Matthew Clark and Bibendum would have had ripple effect on sector’: C&C Group managing director Andrea Pozzi has argued it’s good for the UK hospitality sector that Bibendum a … view
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Thursday 5th April 2018
Wahaca reports pre-tax loss of £4.7m following norovirus outbreak but says business has managed to recover
Wahaca reports pre-tax loss of £4.7m following norovirus outbreak but says business has managed to recover: Mexican restaurant brand Wahaca has reported a pre-tax loss following the norovirus outbreak that led to nine restaurants being closed … view
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Thursday 5th April 2018
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C&C Group to ‘go back to basics’ with Matthew Clark and Bibendum, ‘deal brings period of uncertainty to end for operators’: C&C Group managing director Andrea Pozzi has told Propel the company plans to “go back to basics” wit … view
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Wednesday 4th April 2018
Inception Group to add three sites to Mr Fogg’s brand
Inception Group to add three sites to Mr Fogg’s brand: Bar and nightclub operator Inception Group is to embark on its biggest expansion to date, doubling the size of its Around The World in 80 Days inspired, Mr Fogg’s Collection by opening … view
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Wednesday 4th April 2018
C&C Group to buy Bibendum and Matthew Clark
C&C Group to buy Bibendum and Matthew Clark: C&C Group has announced, that with the support of AB InBev, it is in advanced discussions to acquire the entire issued share capital of Matthew Clark (Holdings) Limited and Bibendum PLB (Topco … view
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Wednesday 4th April 2018
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Italian investors hit £300,000 crowdfunding target to expand clubhouse concept in London: Matteo and Ioana Cerri, who are behind venture capital company Made by Italians (i2i.london) and social media and events firm #EatDrinkLoveItalian, … view
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Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Be At One promotes Andrew Stones to MD, reports Ebitda boost as turnover exceeds £40m
Be At One promotes Andrew Stones to MD, reports Ebitda boost as turnover exceeds £40m: Cocktail bar specialist Be At One has made a trio of key strategic appointments as it looks to further accelerate its growth. The appointments come as … view
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Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Operators stand to lose £1bn as 25 to 34-year-olds curb eating out but over-50s can plug gap
Operators stand to lose £1bn as 25 to 34-year-olds curb eating out but over-50s can plug gap: British foodservice operators stand to lose the best part of £1bn of business as 25 to 34-year-olds curb their eating out habits, according to new … view
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Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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Two-thirds of Brits would boycott brands that ‘lack ethical conscience’: Two-thirds (67%) of UK consumers would boycott brands that lack an ethical conscience, according to research by Fourth, the software partner to the hospitality i … view
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Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Two-thirds of Brits would boycott brands that ‘lack ethical conscience’
Two-thirds of Brits would boycott brands that ‘lack ethical conscience’: Two-thirds (67%) of UK consumers would boycott brands that lack an ethical conscience, according to research by Fourth, the software partner to the hospitality indust … view
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Thursday 29th March 2018
Update: Conviviality warns it set to go into administration
Conviviality warns it is set to go into administration: Conviviality is to appoint administrators in the wake of its failure to raise £125m in fresh capital. The company stated: “Further to the announcement on 28 March 2018, and follow … view
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Thursday 29th March 2018
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Barworks co-founder Marc Francis-Baum and Gizzi Erskine launch Mare Street Market in Hackney: Marc Francis-Baum, co-founder of central London bar and pub operator Barworks, and food-writer Gizzi Erskine have launched Mare Street Market in … view
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Wednesday 28th March 2018
Future of Conviviality in serious doubt as shareholders fail to support £125m fund-raise
Future of Conviviality in serious doubt as shareholders fail to support £125m fund-raise: The future of Conviviality, the UK alcohol wholesaler serving consumers through the on-trade and its franchise retail estate, is in serious doubt after … view
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Wednesday 28th March 2018
Loungers reveals plans for further 16 Lounges as it hits 100 milestone
Loungers reveals plans for further 16 Lounges as it hits 100 milestone: Cafe bar brand Loungers, which is backed by Lion Capital, has revealed it plans to invest £10m to open a further 16 Lounges in 2018 as it launches its 100th Lounge today … view
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Wednesday 28th March 2018
Update: Time Out signs market site in New York, pub performance versus restaurants
Time Out lines up Time Out Market in New York: Time Out Group, the global media and entertainment business, is pleased to announce that it has signed a conditional lease agreement for a new Time Out Market in New York. Located at 55 Water … view
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Wednesday 28th March 2018
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Hakkasan Group and SBE merger officially off: A year after announcing plans to merge and create a billion-dollar nightlife and restaurant group, the proposed deal between SBE and Hakkasan Group is officially off. US-based hotel, restauran … view
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Tuesday 27th March 2018
Update: Brighton Pier Group results, DP Poland
Brighton Pier Group reports sales and profit dip: Brighton Pier Group has reported sales dropped to £16m in the 26 weeks to 24 December 2017, down from £17.74m the year before. Profit before tax was £2.34m compared to £2.65m the year … view
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Tuesday 27th March 2018
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
CGA Group acquires CPL Online: CGA Group has completed the acquisition of CPL Online, the specialist provider of e-learning, business solutions and interactive services from CPL Training. The deal extends CGA’s product portfolio and tec … view
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Tuesday 27th March 2018
CGA Group acquires CPL Online
CGA Group acquires CPL Online: CGA Group has completed the acquisition of CPL Online, the specialist provider of e-learning, business solutions and interactive services from CPL Training. The deal extends CGA’s product portfolio and tec … view
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Monday 26th March 2018
BrewDog acquires Draft House
BrewDog acquires Draft House: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has acquired Draft House, the 13-strong London-based craft beer operator led by Charlie McVeigh and backed by Luke Johnson. David McDowall, managing director of BrewDog’s bar … view
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Monday 26th March 2018
Propel Monday News Briefing
Casual dining sector faces ‘restructuring wave’ with quarter suffering severe financial distress, warns KPMG: Britain’s casual dining sector will endure a wave of closures in the coming months, with a quarter of restaurant groups al … view
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Friday 23rd March 2018
Update: Drake & Morgan, gap widens between value and mainstream operators, Global Brands results
Drake & Morgan to open second Manchester city centre site: Drake & Morgan, the London-based bar and restaurant group backed by Bowmark Capital, is to open The Anthologist this summer for its second venue in Manchester city centre and 23rd … view
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Friday 23rd March 2018
Prezzo creditors agree CVA
Prezzo creditors agree CVA: Prezzo has had its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal approved by creditors, which will see the closure of 94 of its 300 UK restaurants and rent reductions at others. More than four-fifths (88%) of credito … view
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Friday 23rd March 2018
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Filling falling out the pie market, puritanism is a virus – and it’s spreading, and did KFC save its own skin?
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase and Caroline Jameson

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Friday 23rd March 2018
Update: BrewDog results, Admiral appointments, Carluccio’s, Fever-Tree
BrewDog reports Ebitda boost as turnover hits £112m: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has reported an Ebitda boost as sales surged past £100m. The company saw turnover increased 56% to £112m for the year ending 31 December 2017 com … view
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Friday 23rd March 2018
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Levels of ‘significant’ financial distress up 8% across UK restaurants: An increasing number of restaurants in the UK have unpaid debts of up to £5,000, new research has revealed. More than 11,000 eateries are showing “significant … view
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Thursday 22nd March 2018
Update: Adnams results, Fuller’s, Easyhotel, Darren Tristano
Adnams report turnover growth operating profit down in year of investment: Adnams, the Suffolk brewer, distiller and retailer, has reported sales up 6.2% to £74.8m for the 12 months to 31 December 2017, with operating profit down 45% to … view
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Thursday 22nd March 2018
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Premium and healthier soft drinks to ‘plug the alcohol gap’: Premium and healthier soft drinks are set to “plug the alcohol gap” in 2018, according to Britvic’s latest Soft Drinks Review. Soft drinks accounted for £6.9bn in sal … view
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Wednesday 21st March 2018
Conviviality reveals plans for £125m fund-raise to save business
Conviviality reveals plans for £125m fund-raise to save business: Conviviality, the UK alcohol wholesaler serving consumers through the on-trade and its franchise retail estate, has revealed plans for an £125m equity fund-raise to provide th … view
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Wednesday 21st March 2018
Update: Ten Entertainment Group and James Hacon
Ten Entertainment Group reports sales and profit growth: Ten Entertainment Group, the UK operator of bowling and family entertainment centres, has reported total sales up 5.5% to £71.0m (52 weeks versus 53 weeks) with total sales up 8.9% … view
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Wednesday 21st March 2018
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Wagamama launches world’s first walk-away payment app: Wagamama has launched a walk-away payment app that will save diners “12 minutes every meal”. Created in partnership with Mastercard, the world first is described as “Uber for … view
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Wednesday 21st March 2018
Wagamama launches world’s first walk-away payment app
Wagamama launches world’s first walk-away payment app: Wagamama has launched a walk-away payment app that will save diners “12 minutes every meal”. Created in partnership with Mastercard, the world first is described as “Uber for diner … view
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Tuesday 20th March 2018
Update: NewRiver Retail leisure park, Easyhotel
NewRiver chosen to develop 66-acre leisure park in Basingstoke: NewRiver has been appointed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as its nominated developer to bring forward the risk-controlled redevelopment of a 66 acre leisure park i … view
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