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Tuesday 19th September 2017
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Nearly nine out of ten food outlets ‘broadly compliant’ with food safety law: Nearly nine out of ten food outlets in the UK are “broadly compliant” with food safety law, new data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has shown. The … view
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Monday 18th September 2017
Philippines-based fast food chain eyes $1bn acquisition of Pret A Manger
Philippines-based fast food chain eyes $1bn acquisition of Pret A Manger: Philippines-based Jollibee Foods, known for its sweet-style spaghetti and fried chicken, is exploring a bid for Pret A Manger that could be worth more than $1bn. Jollibe … view
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Monday 18th September 2017
Update: Byron, Christie & Co, Domino’s Poland
Byron hires KPMG to work through cash management plan: Better burger brand Byron has hired advisers to work through a “cash management” plan that could include shutting underperforming branches, according to the Sunday Times. The chai … view
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Monday 18th September 2017
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Pub debt to be hit by spending slowdown warns Moody’s: Bundles of pubs’ debt will suffer over the next 12 to18 months as earnings are hit by a decline in demand for beer, a weak pound, and rises in the National Living Wage and inflati … view
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Friday 15th September 2017
JDW results briefing: Small towns, hotels, coffee, freeholds

Propel reports on JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin’s comments following today’s full-year results:

Current trading: Like-for-like sales for the six weeks to 10 September were up 6.1%, although Martin said that since the end o … view
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Friday 15th September 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Tackling the food waste phenomenon, the importance of segmentation, and five key things operators need to know about changes to the data protection law
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Julian Ross 
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Friday 15th September 2017
Update: JDW and Comptoir results, Brunning & Price, Potting Shed
Wetherspoon reports like-for-likes risen to 6.1% in recent weeks, reports 127 pubs disposed of in last two years: JD Wetherspoon like-for-like have risen to 6.1% in the few weeks after its year-end on 30 July. The company reported sales r … view
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Friday 15th September 2017
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Sector sales growth slows in August with like-for-likes up only 0.2%, London sees 1.6% decline: Britain’s managed pubs and restaurants saw sales growth slow in August with collective like-for-likes up only 0.2% compared with last year, … view
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Friday 15th September 2017
Sector sales growth slows in August with like-for-likes up only 0.2%
Sector sales growth slows in August with like-for-likes up only 0.2%, London sees 1.6% decline: Britain’s managed pubs and restaurants saw sales growth slow in August with collective like-for-likes up only 0.2% compared with last year, the latest C … view
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Thursday 14th September 2017
ALMR names best UK bar and nightclub operators
ALMR names best UK bar and nightclub operators: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has revealed the shortlisted nominees for the 2017 Late Night Awards, which recognises the best UK bar and nightclub operators. The nominees across … view
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Thursday 14th September 2017
Administrator – 20 trading Handmade Burger Co sites were sold for £1.45m
Administrator – 20 trading Handmade Burger Co sites were sold for £1.45m: The 20 trading Handmade Burger Company sites were sold in July by its administrator to an unconnected third party, The Burger Chain, for a total of £1,457,940, a rep … view
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Thursday 14th September 2017
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Aaron Mellor to open Los Angeles nightclub in early 2018: Entrepreneur Aaron Mellor, who runs the largest private estate of bars and nightclubs in the UK, a portfolio of 36 sites, is to open a 1,600-capacity nightclub in Los Angeles in th … view
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Thursday 14th September 2017
CAMRA calls for greater support for British pubs as 28,000 close since 1970s
CAMRA calls for greater support for British pubs as 28,000 close since the 1970s, ‘Big Beer’ biggest threat to consumer choice: The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called for greater support for British pubs after revealing the nati … view
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Wednesday 13th September 2017
Wagamama reports 6.6% UK like-for-like sales increase in first quarter
Wagamama reports 6.6% UK like-for-like sales increase in first quarter: Wagamama has reported turnover increased 13.5% to £86.7m in the 16 weeks to 13 August, its first quarter of a new financial year. The UK saw 6.6% like-for-like sales grow … view
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Wednesday 13th September 2017
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Soho Coffee Co parent company reports £3m losses following acquisitions: BTC Hospitality, which operates Soho Coffee Co, has reported losses of more than £3m for the year ending 29 January 2017 following its acquisitions of Apostrophe R … view
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Tuesday 12th September 2017
Christie & Co to sell British Country Inns estate
Christie & Co to sell British Country Inns estate: Property agent Christie & Co is marketing for sale 13 food-led country pubs on behalf of British Country Inns. Having realised the original investment goals set out during its founding in 2005 … view
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Tuesday 12th September 2017
Tasty reports slowdown amid increased promotional activity
Tasty reports slowdown amid increased promotional activity: Wildwood operator Tasty has reported it is taking decisive action after a slowdown in consumer spending that has affected company sales and margins. Revenue was up 11.8% to £24. … view
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Tuesday 12th September 2017
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South west London-based By The Horns Brewing Co launches £350,000 crowdfunding campaign to expand capacity: South west London-based By The Horns Brewing Co has launched a £350,000 fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to expand … view
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Monday 11th September 2017
Update: Upham Group results, D&D London to take Bluebird to New York
Upham Group reports like-for-likes up 4.1%: Upham Group, which operates a portfolio of 16 venues, has reported like-for-like sales grew 4.1% across the estate for the six months ending 2 July 2017. Sales increased 24.8% to £7.1m compared … view
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Monday 11th September 2017
Propel Monday News Briefing
Spend in UK hotels, restaurants and bars rises 3.5%: Spending in UK hotels, restaurants and bars bucked the overall trend by rising 3.5% in August compared with the same month a year ago, according to the latest data from Visa. The compan … view
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Friday 8th September 2017
Record restaurant openings, Hop Stuff second site, Yates's sales rise 22% et al
Record number of restaurants to open in London this month: Brexit worries, terrorist attacks and an economic slowdown have failed to halt London’s indomitable restaurant scene, with a record 44 new businesses set to launch in September … view
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Friday 8th September 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Charity begins at home, pulling up drawbridge on overseas labour risks long-term damage, and divide and rule
Authors: Glynn Davis, Kate Nicholls and Paul Chase

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Friday 8th September 2017
Greene King reports like-for-like sales down 1.2% in first 18 weeks
Greene King reports like-for-like sales down 1.2% in first 18 weeks: Greene King has reported like-for-like sales down 1.2% in the 18 weeks to 3 September with most of the decline attributable to the value food market. The company stated … view
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Friday 8th September 2017
Propel Friday News Briefing
UK’s first online halal takeaway service hits £100,000 target in crowdfunding campaign: HalalEat, a startup bidding to bring halal takeaway food to UK consumers, has hit the £100,000 target in its fund-raise on crowdfunding platform S … view
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Thursday 7th September 2017
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Yum China Holdings introduces first commercial application of facial recognition payment: Yum China Holdings, the licensee of KFC parent Yum! Brands in mainland China, has launched restaurant concept KPro by KFC in Hangzhou aimed at urban … view
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Wednesday 6th September 2017
Duncan Garrood steps down as Punch chief executive
Duncan Garrood steps down as Punch chief executive: Following the acquisition of Punch Taverns by Patron Capital and the sale of 1,900 Punch pubs to Heineken, chief executive Duncan Garrood has confirmed he has decided to leave the business. A … view
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Wednesday 6th September 2017
Fulham Shore reports summer slowdown – to seek keener terms on new sites
Fulham Shore reports summer slowdown – to seek keener terms on new sites: Franco Manca operator Fulham Shore is to seek keener terms from landlords on new sites as other operator face “well-publicised pressures” – it also reported … view
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Wednesday 6th September 2017
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CGA – Britons drinking less but favouring premium drinks from branded pubs and upmarket bars: British drinkers are increasingly favouring premium drinks from branded pubs and upmarket bars, according to the latest CGA Alcohol Sales Trac … view
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Tuesday 5th September 2017
Marston’s managed boss steps down, Vapiano results
Marston’s managed boss steps down: Marston’s has announced, by mutual agreement with the board, Peter Dalzell will step down from his role as managing director of Inns and Taverns, and from the board, on Friday, 29 September. The comp … view
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Tuesday 5th September 2017
Innis & Gunn set to sell 27.9% stake to private equity firm L Catterton
Innis & Gunn set to sell 27.9% stake to private equity firm L Catterton: Scottish brewer and retailer Innis & Gunn has made a recommendation to its ordinary shareholders to consent to an offer of investment in the business from L Catterton, th … view
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Tuesday 5th September 2017
Update: Novus marketing hire, McDonald’s UK strike
Novus hires Michelle Farrell as head of marketing: Novus, the leading London bar and restaurant operator, has announced the appointment of Michelle Farrell to the role of head of marketing, together with the promotion of Victoria Purchase … view
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Tuesday 5th September 2017
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Admiral Taverns eyes growth with 1,500 to 2,000-strong estate: Admiral Taverns is eyeing expansion from its existing 845-strong estate back to an “optimal size” of 1,500 to 2,000 pubs after securing new investment from private equity … view
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Monday 4th September 2017
Brewer C&C Group buys minority stake in Admiral Taverns
Brewer C&C Group buys minority stake in Admiral Taverns: Brewer C&C Group has announced that, in partnership with Proprium Capital Partners, it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Admiral in a deal worth circa £220m … view
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Monday 4th September 2017
Propel Monday News Briefing
Food and beverage property market starting to cool off and showing signs of saturation, reports Colliers International: The food and beverage property market is starting to cool off and is showing signs of saturation, Colliers Internation … view
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Friday 1st September 2017
Research reveals customer average spend while watching sport in pub or bar
Customers spend average of £16.75 while watching sport in pub or bar: Customers spend an average of £16.75 while watching sport in a pub or bar, according to new research. Data from CGA showed nearly a quarter of UK consumers visit an o … view
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Friday 1st September 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Beer science, knowledge is power if you want to protect your share of the foodservice cake, and getting out of the boardroom and back to the floor 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Helen McMillan and Ann Elliott
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Friday 1st September 2017
Propel Friday News Briefing
Nine in ten payments in pubs, bars and fast food outlets now made using contactless: Nine in ten eligible payments in pubs and bars (89%) and fast food outlets (91%) are now made using contactless, according to new research. Data released … view
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Friday 1st September 2017
Nine in ten payments in pubs, bars and fast food outlets now made using contactless
Nine in ten payments in pubs, bars and fast food outlets now made using contactless: Nine in ten eligible payments in pubs and bars (89%) and fast food outlets (91%) are now made using contactless, according to new research. Data released … view
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Thursday 31st August 2017
Restaurant Group – there are early signs of improved volume, like-for-likes down 2.2%
Restaurant Group – there are early signs of improved volume, like-for-likes down 2.2%: The Restaurant Group has claimed early signs of improved volume momentum as like-for-like sales dropped 2.2% in the 26 weeks to 2 July. It reported a … view
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Thursday 31st August 2017
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Sbe ‘still committed’ to Hakkasan Group merger: International luxury resort company Sbe Entertainment has said it is still committed to merging with UK-based nightclub and restaurant company Hakkasan Group despite months passing witho … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
Food price inflation falls to 7% but prices still rising in key categories
Food price inflation falls to 7% but prices still rising in key categories: Food price inflation fell to 7% in July but prices are still rising in key categories, according to the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index. The fall, which wa … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
PizzaExpress reports UK like-for-likes up 1.3%, Ebitda down 13.6%
PizzaExpress reports UK like-for-likes up 1.3%, Ebitda down 13.6%: PizzaExpress has reported group turnover has increased 9.1% to £260.7m (2016: £239.0m) underpinned by group like-for-like growth of 3.4% in the 26 weeks to 2 July 2017. UK an … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
BrewDog to share 20% of profits annually: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog is to share 20% of its profits each year. The company is launching the BrewDog Unicorn Fund that will see it give 10% of its profits to its team and 10% to cha … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2017
Douglas Jack – Restaurant Group recovery will take longer than expected
Douglas Jack – Restaurant Group recovery will take longer than expected: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has argued that the Restaurant Group’s recovery cold take longer than expected, downgrading his recommendation on its shar … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2017
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Late-night leisure industry playing essential role in equipping young people with work skills: The late-night leisure industry is having a positive impact on employment, including the role it plays in equipping young people with essential … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2017
Late-night leisure industry playing essential role in equipping young people with work skills
Late-night leisure industry playing essential role in equipping young people with work skills: The late-night leisure industry is having a positive impact on employment, including the role it plays in equipping young people with essential skil … view
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Sunday 27th August 2017
Admiral Taverns set for £220m sale, Leon and Hotel Chocolat expansion deals
Admiral Taverns set for £220m sale: Admiral Taverns is set to be sold to a US investment fund for £220m. The company, which owns more than 1,000 wet-led pubs, is in advanced sale talks with New York fund Proprium Capital, reports the Su … view
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Friday 25th August 2017
Update: Pret, Punch, Tesco/Booker latest, ALMR migrant worker fears, boxing boost
Pret signs first US franchise agreement to open debut university sites: Pret A Manger has signed its first franchise agreement in the US to open its debut university sites in the country. The company will open two shops at the Wharton Sch … view
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Friday 25th August 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Why government needs to support the late-night sector, reality starting to bite for foodservice industry, and alcohol and the ‘alt right’ 
Authors: Peter Marks, Glynn Davis and Paul Chase
 
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Friday 25th August 2017
Propel Friday News Briefing
Deltic boss – ‘We’re very much in the game when it comes to Revolution deal’: Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks has told Propel his company is “very much in the game” in the battle for Revolution Bars Group. Marks said … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Deltic Group reports like-for-like sales up 3.85%
Deltic Group reports like-for-like sales up 3.85%: The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of premium late-night bars and clubs with 58 venues across the UK, has reported like-for-like sales are up 3.85% so far in its current financ … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Deltic considers cash offer for Revolution Bars Group
Deltic considers cash offer for Revolution Bars Group: Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of premium late-night bars and clubs with 57 venues across the UK, has said it is considering a cash offer for Revolution Bars Group. Deltic said … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Stonegate to buy Revolution Bars Group for £101.5m
Stonegate to buy Revolution Bars Group for £101.5m: Stonegate Pub Company has reached agreement with Revolution Bars Group to buy the company for £101.5m. Under the terms of the offer, Revolution shareholders shall be entitled to receiv … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Food firms raise fears over EU workers’ rights following Brexit: Almost three-quarters (73%) of EU workers in the “farm to fork” supply chain are concerned over their right to remain in the UK following Brexit, according to a new s … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Food firms raise fears over EU workers' rights following Brexit
Food firms raise fears over EU workers' rights following Brexit: Almost three-quarters (73%) of EU workers in the “farm to fork” supply chain are concerned over their right to remain in the UK following Brexit, according to a new survey. … view
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Wednesday 23rd August 2017
BBPA – PCA report is ‘one-sided, anecdotal and not evidence-based’
BBPA – PCA report is ‘one-sided, anecdotal and not evidence-based’: The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has labelled the Pub Code Adjudicator’s (PCA) report into the fact-finding exercise into tenants’ experiences of accessing … view
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Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Starbucks franchise co-founded by Ei Group director to launch £1.1m crowdfunding campaign to support 20-site roll-out: Starbucks franchise Elite Coffee is to launch a £1.1m fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Growthdeck next month to su … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2017
The Alchemist reports Ebitda boost as turnover jumps 52% to £22.6m
The Alchemist reports Ebitda boost as turnover jumps 52% to £22.6m: The Alchemist, which is backed by Palatine Private Equity, has reported turnover increased 52% to £22,578,262 for the year ending 31 March 2017 compared with £13,437,501 th … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
YO! Sushi reports turnover approaches £90m in ‘transformational’ first year under new ownership: YO! Sushi has reported like-for-like sales increased more than 5.5% in a “transformational” first year for the company under new own … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2017
YO! Sushi reports turnover approaches £90m in ‘transformational’ first year under new ownership
YO! Sushi reports turnover approaches £90m in ‘transformational’ first year under new ownership: YO! Sushi has reported like-for-like sales increased more than 5.5% in a “transformational” first year for the company under new ownershi … view
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Monday 21st August 2017
Quick-service restaurants boost coffee sales three times faster than mainstream shops
Quick-service restaurants boost coffee sales three times faster than mainstream shops: Quick-service restaurants (QSR) have increased their sales of coffee three times faster, at 63%, than mainstream coffee shops since 2008, according to new r … view
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Monday 21st August 2017
Propel Monday News Briefing
The Alchemist to focus expansion on London as it looks to eventually grow to 50 UK sites: The Alchemist managing director Simon Potts has told Propel the company plans to focus on expansion in London in 2018 as it looks to eventually buil … view
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