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Friday 24th June 2016
Horizons' foodservice Brexit warning, Revolution eyes four Edinburgh bars for new brand in £16m deal
Horizons – foodservice sector will be ‘less buoyant than it otherwise would have been’ following Brexit: Peter Backman, managing director of foodservice consultancy Horizons, has said the foodservice sector will be “less buoyant t … view
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Friday 24th June 2016
Red Hot World Buffet owner to appoint administrators
Red Hot World Buffet owner to appoint administrators: The company behind Red Hot World Buffet has revealed it intends to appoint administrators. Passepartout, which owns five branches of Red Hot World Buffet, has applied to the High Court … view
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Friday 24th June 2016
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More than half of Scottish licensed trade outlets report decline in beer sales: More than half of Scottish licensed trade outlets reported a decline in beer sales in the first half of the year as government legislation, including the lowe … view
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Thursday 23rd June 2016
Gerry Ford – we will grow the Harris + Hoole brand
Gerry Ford – we will grow the Harris + Hoole brand: Caffe Nero founder Gerry Ford has stated the company will retain and grow the Harris + Hoole brand in the wake of this morning’s acquisition of the business from Tesco. Harris & Hoole has … view
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Thursday 23rd June 2016
Tesco sells Harris + Hoole to Caffe Nero
Tesco sells Harris + Hoole to Caffe Nero: Tesco has sold its coffee shop brand Harris + Hoole to Caffe Nero for an undisclosed price. The move comes two weeks after Giraffe was sold to Boparan Restaurant Holdings. Tesco took full ownershi … view
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Thursday 23rd June 2016
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Casual Dining Group signs franchise deal to open Bella Italia restaurants in Saudi Arabia, paves way for push into Middle East and Asia: Casual Dining Group has signed a franchise deal to open restaurants for its core Bella Italia brand i … view
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Thursday 23rd June 2016
Casual Dining Group signs Saudi Arabia franchise deal, Boparan to invest £10m to add ten Cinnamon sites
Casual Dining Group signs franchise deal to open Bella Italia restaurants in Saudi Arabia, paves way for push into Middle East and Asia: Casual Dining Group has signed a franchise deal to open restaurants for its core Bella Italia brand i … view
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Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Franco Manca to debut at Debenhams
Debenhams reveals new Franco Manca partnership, plans further 30 food concession offers by October: Debenhams has revealed a new partnership with pizza brand Franco Manca as it aims to open a further 30 food concession offers by October. … view
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Wednesday 22nd June 2016
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Greene King Tracker – more Britons planning a ‘staycation’ in 2016, drinking out increases: More Britons are expected to take a “staycation” in 2016, with the majority planning to dine and drink out during their trip, according … view
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Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Greene King Tracker – more Britons planning a ‘staycation’ in 2016, drinking out increases
Greene King Tracker – more Britons planning a ‘staycation’ in 2016, drinking out increases: More Britons are expected to take a “staycation” in 2016, with the majority planning to dine and drink out during their trip, according to th … view
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Tuesday 21st June 2016
Update: Comptoir floats, Whitbread trading update, Just Eat
Comptoir Group admitted to AIM today: Restaurant company Comptoir Group will begin trading on AIM today (Tuesday, 21 June). Comptoir owns and/or operates Lebanese and eastern Mediterranean restaurants. The core restaurant brand of the com … view
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Tuesday 21st June 2016
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BrewDog co-founder partnering Dragon’s Den contestant to launch Texas-style barbecue restaurant in London next month: BrewDog co-founder James Watt is partnering with a Dragon’s Den contestant to open a Texas-style barbecue restaurant … view
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Monday 20th June 2016
Revealed – SABMiller paid circa £120m to buy Meantime
Revealed – SABMiller paid circa £120m to buy Meantime: The SABMiller annual report has revealed the extraordinary multiple the brewer paid for Greenwich craft brewer Meantime in May last year. The annual report states SABMiller paid $1 … view
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Monday 20th June 2016
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Monday 20th June 2016
Wetherspoon prints fresh round of beer mats with message for George Osborne
Wetherspoon prints fresh round of beer mats with message for George Osborne: JD Wetherspoon has printed a new beer mat for its pubs with a message for George Osborne in the run up to the EU referendum. JD Wetherspoon has printed 500,000 of the … view
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Monday 20th June 2016
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Beer sales soar 108% at sports pubs for England versus Wales match: Beer sales at sports pubs saw an 108% uplift on Thursday (16 June) as England and Wales battled it out at Euro 2016, according to beer quality expert Vianet. The company … view
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Friday 17th June 2016
Update: Wasabi results, M&B, Greene King, Deltic, JD Wetherspoon, Porky's
Wasabi reports turnover increases 14.3% to £72.7m, opening new central production unit this year: London-based sushi and bento business Wasabi has reported a 14.3% increase in turnover to more than £70m “driven by strong like-for-like … view
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Friday 17th June 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Brexit special – last orders please on EU membership, should we stay or should we go, the case for remain, and let’s not be afraid 
Authors: Tim Martin, Keith Knowles, Paul Chase, and Paul Charity 
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Friday 17th June 2016
Survey of 1,900 sector executives finds majority in favour of Brexit, fears of ‘negative impact on the economy’
Survey of 1,900 sector executives finds majority in favour of Brexit, fears of ‘negative impact on the economy’: A survey of operators in the UK hospitality industry has found that 49% plan to vote leave in next week’s EU Referendum, whi … view
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Friday 17th June 2016
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UK nightclub company boss to launch joint venture with chef Ferran Adria and Cirque du Soleil in Ibiza tonight: The boss of a UK nightclub operator, Tokyo Industries is to launch a joint venture with Cirque Du Soleil and super chef Ferran … view
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Thursday 16th June 2016
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Overall pub and restaurant market like-for-likes down 1.4% on May 2015; London sales hold up better than rest of Britain: Britain’s pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales slip in May, with collective like-for-like trading dow … view
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Thursday 16th June 2016
Overall pub and restaurant market like-for-likes down 1.4% on May 2015
Overall pub and restaurant market like-for-likes down 1.4% on May 2015; London sales hold up better than rest of Britain: Britain’s pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales slip in May, with collective like-for-like trading dow … view
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Wednesday 15th June 2016
Pret boss reveals veggie pop-up site sees sales jump more than 70%
Pret boss reveals veggie pop-up site sees sales jump more than 70%: Pret chief executive Clive Schlee has revealed sales at its site in Broadwick Street, Soho, have jumped more than 70% from last year with the introduction of its vegetari … view
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Wednesday 15th June 2016
Downing launches £3.74m secured crowdfunding bonds on Oakman pubs
Downing launches £3.74m secured crowdfunding bonds on Oakman pubs: Downing has launched a £3.74m crowdfunding bond that offers investors the chance to invest in Downoak, a group of four mature pubs operated by Oakman Pubs and Restaurants, of … view
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Wednesday 15th June 2016
McMullen reports profit passes £10m
McMullen reports profit passes £10m: Hertfordshire brewer and retailer McMullen has reported profit before tax rose 12.5% to £10.4m in the 52 weeks to 26 September, 2015. Turnover was up 4.03% to £75.4m. Chairman Charles Brims said: … view
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Wednesday 15th June 2016
Update: Hollywod Bowl flotation, The Restaurant Group, Bill's
Hollywood Bowl to float: Hollywood Bowl Group, the UK’s largest ten-pin bowling operator, is to launch an initial public offering (IPO) – it is expected to float in July. Having completed the acquisition of 11 Bowlplex centres in Dece … view
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Wednesday 15th June 2016
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Fitch – outlook for UK pub sector remains negative: Ratings agency Fitch has said the outlook for the UK pub sector remains negative and there are new drivers of ongoing structural decline. The company also added there has been a slight … view
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Tuesday 14th June 2016
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Pubs, bars and restaurants in Scotland facing restrictions on how much alcohol they sell under new proposal, former government advisor says idea is ‘junk science’: Pubs, bars and restaurants in Scotland would be forced to restrict how … view
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Monday 13th June 2016
Intertain signs licence agreement with Chicago Rib Shack
Intertain signs licence agreement with Chicago Rib Shack: Walkabout operator Intertain has entered into a licence agreement with authentic American barbecue restaurant Chicago Rib Shack to open a restaurant at its Camden Lock venue. The v … view
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Monday 13th June 2016
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Luke Johnson – ‘there are plentiful signs the party is over’: Sector investor Luke Johnson has argued there are “plentiful signs that the party is over” as asset bubbles burst. In his Management Today column, he wrote: “There … view
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Friday 10th June 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The solution to the tip distribution dilemma, let’s stay in Europe, the brilliance of New Orleans, and the profit opportunity of Euro 2016
Authors: Chris Gerard, Peter Linacre, Ann Elliott, and Liam Newtonview
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Friday 10th June 2016
Update: Fuller’s, Giraffe and JD Wetherspoon
Fuller’s reports adjusted profit up 12% to £40.9m: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s has reported turnover rose 9% to £350.5m in the year to 26 March. Adjusted profit before tax was up 12% to £40.9m, with 4.8% like-for-like sales … view
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Friday 10th June 2016
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Subway launches Subway Digital to boost customer engagement: Subway has launched Subway Digital, a new division that will seek a “multi-faceted, multi-year guest experience revolution for the quick-service leader”. Created in collabor … view
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Thursday 9th June 2016
Time Out raises £90m ahead of AIM listing to help expand food market concept
Time Out raises £90m ahead of AIM listing to help expand food market concept: Time Out Group, the brand that aims to “inspire and enable people to make the best of their city”, has conditionally raised £90m ahead of an AIM listing as it … view
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Thursday 9th June 2016
Graphite acquires NWTC in £50m deal
Graphite acquires NWTC in £50m deal: Mid-market private equity firm, Graphite Capital, has acquired the fast-growing pub and restaurant business, New World Trading Company (NWTC), in a £50 million transaction. Founded by the owners of L … view
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Thursday 9th June 2016
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Ceru Restaurants secures first permanent site, £1m of EIS funds remaining to roll-out to further venues in London: The EIS-backed Eastern Mediterranean casual dining concept Ceru Restaurants has secured its first permanent site. The comp … view
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Wednesday 8th June 2016
Update: Domino's, Giraffe, CocoMaya, Koh Thai Tapas and Clockjack
Domino’s Pizza UK invests £24m to increase stake in three markets: Domino’s Pizza UK has made an investment of £24 million to acquire significant minority interests in Domino’s Iceland, Norway and Sweden and retain existing strong … view
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Wednesday 8th June 2016
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Mintel – UK foodservice market rises 3.5% to £36bn as gourmet dining and sparkling wine sectors flourish: The UK foodservice market rose nearly 3.5% to an estimated £36bn in 2015 as the gourmet dining and sparkling wine sectors flouri … view
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Wednesday 8th June 2016
Mintel – UK foodservice market rises 3.5% to £36bn as gourmet dining and sparkling wine sectors flourish
Mintel – UK foodservice market rises 3.5% to £36bn as gourmet dining and sparkling wine sectors flourish: The UK foodservice market rose nearly 3.5% to an estimated £36bn in 2015 as the gourmet dining and sparkling wine sectors flourish, a … view
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Tuesday 7th June 2016
Rob and Lucy Brewer win BII Licensee of the Year
Rob and Lucy Brewer win BII Licensee of the Year: Rob and Lucy Brewer from the Rashleigh Arms in the village of Charlestown, Cornwall, have won the 2016 British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Licensee of the Year. The accolade recognises the co … view
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Tuesday 7th June 2016
Daniel Thwaites – 2016 will be year of ‘consolidation and investment’ to lay foundations for growth, operating profit increases 19.8%
Daniel Thwaites – 2016 will be year of ‘consolidation and investment’ to lay foundations for growth, operating profit increases 19.8%: North west brewer and retailer Daniel Thwaites has said 2016 will be a year of “consolidation a … view
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Tuesday 7th June 2016
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Healthy food delivery service start-up Pronto hits £689,000 crowdfunding target as part of central London expansion plans: Healthy food delivery service start-up Pronto has hit its £689,000 fund-raising target on crowdfunding platform S … view
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Monday 6th June 2016
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Hospitality sector now in top three of industries most frequently targeted for cyber attacks: Cyber security is a real risk for restaurants and hotels, with the hospitality sector now in the top three of industries most frequently targete … view
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Friday 3rd June 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: ‘Family issues’ in the mid-casual dining market, simple solutions for complex problems, and justifying the price of super-premium beer
Authors: Ian Dunstall, Paul Chase, and Glynn Davis 

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Friday 3rd June 2016
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Foodservice ‘growing up’ when it comes to sustainability but ‘still long way to go’, new report reveals: Foodservice is “growing up” when it comes to sustainability but there is “still a long way to go”, a new report has r … view
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Thursday 2nd June 2016
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Downing backs ambitious Norbury pub and restaurant development scheme in ‘under-served’ part of London: Investment firm Downing has backed an ambitious development that will see a pub and four restaurant units built in Norbury, s … view
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Wednesday 1st June 2016
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West Midlands-based health food cafe concept Frais launches £200,000 crowdfunding campaign: West Midlands-based health food cafe concept Frais has launched a £200,000 fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as it looks to expand t … view
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Tuesday 31st May 2016
CGA/AlixPartners – 21.3% rise in restaurants in past five years
Opening of food-driven businesses offsetting pub number decline: Latest figures from Market Growth Monitor, the quarterly measure of GB pub, bar and restaurant openings and closures produced by AlixPartners and CGA Peach, show that growth … view
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Tuesday 31st May 2016
Deltic flagship site licence review, Carluccio's results
Carluccio’s reports Ebitda up 7.3% to £15.3m: Carluccio’s, the international Italian restaurant group with operations in the UK, Ireland, US, Middle East and Turkey has reported turnover up 7.4% to £137.8m in the year to September 2 … view
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Tuesday 31st May 2016
Wetherspoon prints 200,000 beer mats raising IMF governance issues
Wetherspoon prints 200,000 beer mats raising IMF governance issues: JD Wetherspoon has printed 200,000 beer mats for its pubs with a hard-hitting message in the run up to the EU Referendum. The beer mats will be available in each of the c … view
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Tuesday 31st May 2016
Update: Deliveroo, PizzaExpress, Gordon Ramsay, Carluccio’s, Fuller’s
Deliveroo signs partnership with PizzaExpress: Deliveroo has signed a deal with PizzaExpress, which currently has circa 460 UK sites. The brand will be the food delivery firm’s biggest customer and will generate a “significant” incr … view
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Tuesday 31st May 2016
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Kout Food Group opens first rebranded Little Chef ahead of planned roll-out: Kuwait-based Kout Food Group (KFG) has opened its first rebranded Little Chef site with a new look and menu – in Warminster, Wiltshire – ahead of a planned U … view
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