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Thursday 28th February 2013
Aqua, Beds and Bars and Inception Group
Siba report - local beer is bucking overall market declines: Local beer is offering a lifeline to Britain’s troubled brewing and pub industries, with volume up by an estimated 6.8% last year to over 1.4 million barrels, according to th … view
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Wednesday 27th February 2013
Breaking News - Orchid launches new style carvery
Orchid launches new style carvery – one site sees 62% sales growth: Managed operator Orchid Group has launched the first of its new style carvery pubs which aim to take eating out to the next level with a unique inclusive, community sty … view
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Wednesday 27th February 2013
Brewhouse & Kitchen, Fuller’s and Restaurant Group
The Restaurant Group reports like-for-like sales up 6.5% in eight weeks to 24 February; tips Coast to Coast as growth brand: Frankie & Benny’s operator The Restaurant Group has reported a strong start to 2013 with like-for-like sal … view
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Tuesday 26th February 2013
Breaking News - Urban & Country Leisure mulls options after approaches
Urban & Country Leisure mulls options after multiple approaches: Urban and Country Leisure (UCL), the Lazy Cow operator headed by Ross Sanders, is mulling its options after receiving three approaches. The company is understood to have been app … view
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Tuesday 26th February 2013
Breaking News - Brewhouse & Kitchen to launch in Plymouth
Brewhouse & Kitchen buys Wetherspoon pub in Plymouth for first brewpub site with bespoke brewhouse: Brewhouse and Kitchen, the Enterprise Investment Scheme company headed by Simon Bunn and Kris Gumbrell, is to open its first brewpub next … view
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Tuesday 26th February 2013
So India, Marston’s and Whitbread
Whitbread reports Costa like-for-likes climb 5.5%: promises new measures over horsemeat scandal: Whitbread has reported that Costa Coffee sales climbed 5.5% in the 11 weeks to 14 February but its pub restaurants were ahead by just 0.2% in … view
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Monday 25th February 2013
Breaking News - Oakman Inns boss reunites with Grand Met chairman
Oakman Inns boss reunites with former chairman of Grand Met Bob Williams; aims to create farm-to-fork beef supply: Oakman Inns and Restaurants, the award-winning operator led by Peter Borg-Neal, has added The Cook and Fillet, Kingswood, Buckin … view
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Monday 25th February 2013
Breaking News - Craft beer pubs maestro sets up own brewery – plans pubs
Brains behind Fuller’s craft beer pubs sets up own brewery – plans pubs: Steve Keegan, the man who developed Fuller’s innovative craft beer pubs, The Barrel and Horn and The Union Tavern, has set up his own brewery, Late Knights Bre … view
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Monday 25th February 2013
Domino’s, Fireside Pubs and Whitbread
Snow hits Domino’s sales in January with two-thirds of UK stores closed at some point: Snowy weather in January forced the closure of 498 stores at some point in the month, which meant that like-for-like sales rose only 1.6%. Chief exec … view
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Sunday 24th February 2013
Breaking News - Lovering backs new company Fireside Pubs
Ex-M&B chairman Lovering backs new company Fireside Pubs & Restaurants: Former chairman of Mitchells & Butlers John Lovering has backed an operational team that is looking to build a group of food-led pubs in the south of England. Loverin … view
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Friday 22nd February 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Balthazar London, the rise of UK temperance, the Mecca Bingo food and beverage journey and horsemeat
Authors: Paul Charity, Paul Chase, Mark Jones and Liam McCloy
 

How does Balthazar London … view

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Friday 22nd February 2013
Oakman Inns, Small Batch Coffee and Ian Payne
Marston’s chief executive becomes Keel University Pro-Chancellor: Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has been named as the next Pro-Chancellor of Keele University. He will initially join the University’s Council in April befor … view
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Thursday 21st February 2013
Breaking News - Star Pubs & Bars takes new approach to mystery customer visits
Star Pubs & Bars rolls-out ambitious mystery customer programme: Following a successful trial in 450 pubs, Star Pubs & Bars, the operator of 1,200 tenanted pubs, is rolling out what is believed to be one of the biggest and most in-depth myster … view
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Thursday 21st February 2013
Antic, Balthazar and Chinese Buffet
Coca-Cola Enterprises adopts radical new strategy on draught: Coca-Cola Enterprises has adopted a new policy on post-mix product – and will decline to install it from now onwards in on-trade premises where it is unsuited. The company ha … view
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Wednesday 20th February 2013
Breaking News - New company buys Antic sites
New company Gregarious buys Antic sites out of administration: A new company, Gregarious, has bought 12 of the 14 Antic Limited leasehold sites that were placed in administration last month. Gregarious is led by Max Alderman, who also works fo … view
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Wednesday 20th February 2013
Chicago Rib Shack, Elior and Giraffe
British private equity companies plan catering company swoop in biggest deal since 2008: A British pair of private equity companies are planning a 3.5 billion euros bid for French contract catering company Elior in the biggest deal of its … view
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Tuesday 19th February 2013
Breaking News - New boss for Star Pubs and Bars
Heineken appoints new boss for Star Pubs and Bars: Heineken has appointed Chris Jowsey, currently the on-trade commercial director of Heineken, as the new trading director for its Stars Pubs & Bars business, where he will lead the management t … view
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Tuesday 19th February 2013
Costa, Jamie’s Italian and Spirit
Jamie Rollo – 2,000-2,200 sites might be Costa Coffee’s upper UK limit: The UK saturation point for Costa Coffee may be 2,000-2,200 sites, Morgan Stanley analyst Jamie Rollo has argued. He said: “We think 2,000 outlets might be Cost … view
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Monday 18th February 2013
Armani, Balthazar and Krispy Kreme
Jamie Rollo – Whitbread’s competition has intensified: Morgan Stanley analyst Jamie Rollo has argued that Whitbread’s competition has intensified. He said: “Whitbread remains a high quality investment, but we raise some medium-ter … view
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Friday 15th February 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The rise of premium, the opportunity of meetings, the future of foodservice
Authors: Paul Charity, Ann Elliott and Nathan Wall

The rise and rise of premium by Paul Charity

It was … view
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Friday 15th February 2013
Cosmo, Eataly and Whitbread
Britvic chairman – the Office of Fair Trading is myopic: Britvic chairman Gerald Corbett has launched a scathing attack on the decision by the Office of Fair Trading to refer the proposed merger of Britvic and AG Barr to the Competition … view
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Thursday 14th February 2013
Breaking News - Five freeholds on the market after collapse of Powder Train
Five freeholds on the market after collapse of Powder Train: Five freehold pubs in the south of England are up for sale through agent Christie + Co after the collapse into administration of Powdertrain, the company that worked closely wit … view
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Thursday 14th February 2013
Enterprise, Greene King and Marston's
Barclays Capital – confidence returning across the pub sector: Barclays Capital analyst Richard Taylor has argued that major quoted pub companies are more confident about their prospects than a year ago, especially in the tenanted secto … view
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Wednesday 13th February 2013
M&B, Spirit and Tasty
Snowy weather causes pub and restaurant like-for-likes to decline by 2.4% in January: Bad weather took its toll on the eating and drinking out market in January, with leading pub and restaurant groups collectively seeing a 2.4% drop in li … view
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Tuesday 12th February 2013
Balthazar, Luminar and Whitbread
Nightclub company Luminar reports ‘progress’ in first year – and 13 refurbishments planned for 2013: The UK’s largest nightclub company Luminar, which operates 56 nightclubs, has reported “progress” in the 14 months since it w … view
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Monday 11th February 2013
Byron, Pret A Manger and Marston’s
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall re-opens after £1.5m refit to create more open plan kitchen and antipasti bar: Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall re-opened at the weekend after a £1.5 refurbishment to create an antipas … view
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Friday 8th February 2013
Friday Opinion
Subject: Avoiding regulation, old science re-bottled and interest rate swap mis-selling
Authors: Paul Charity, Paul Chase and Anthony McKeever

Could statutory regulation of the tenanted pub compani … view

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Friday 8th February 2013
Everards, Loungers and Zizzi
Punch Taverns restructure attracts criticism: The complicated restructuring unveiled yesterday for Punch Taverns is thought likely to face challenges from senior bondholders. Plans outlined by chairman Stephen Billingham are likely to div … view
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Thursday 7th February 2013
Breaking News - Rupert Clevely to step down at Geronimo
Ed Turner to replace Rupert Clevely as Geronimo boss: Rupert Clevely is to step down as managing director of Geronimo Inns on 2 April, two years after the company he co-founded in 1995 with his wife Jo was sold to Young’s. Clevely will … view
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Thursday 7th February 2013
Breaking News - Punch favourable solution
Douglas Jack – Punch has found a favourable restructuring solution: Numis leisure analyst Douglas Jack has issued a Buy note on Punch shares with a 15p price target after news of progress on its restructuring. He said: “Punch Taverns … view
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Thursday 7th February 2013
David Page, Punch and Starbucks
Speaker list unveiled for Propel Multi-Club conference on Tuesday, 19 March: A host of top speakers have been unveiled for the first Propel Multi-Club conference on Tuesday, 19 March, which is free to attend for multi-site operators. P … view
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Wednesday 6th February 2013
Novus, Mitchells & Butlers and TLC Inns
TLC Inns and M&B move to premiumise offer: Two companies unveiled moves to premiumise their offers yesterday. TLC Inns, the award-wining multi-site pub company, is premiumising its White Horse at Ramsden Heath site with the introduction o … view
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Tuesday 5th February 2013
Breaking News - M&B launches new premium brand segment
Mitchells & Butlers launches new premium brand segment with £55 menu item: Managed operator Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has launched a new brand segment, called Premium Castle, that is arguably the company’s most upmarket food and beer o … view
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Tuesday 5th February 2013
Breaking News - TGI Friday’s to open six
TGI Friday’s to open six sites in 2013; reports 16 consecutive quarters of growth: TGI Friday’s is to open six new UK restaurants this year, creating more than 600 jobs and 25 new management positions. The next two openings will be in … view
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Tuesday 5th February 2013
McDonald’s, M&B and Pret A Manger
PizzaExpress operator reports operating profit down 23.1% to £36.7m; 31 million pizzas sold through supermarkets: Restaurant company Gondola Holdings, the operator of 680 UK restaurants owned by private equity firm Cinven, has reported, … view
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Monday 4th February 2013
Breaking News - Smashburger CEO to appear at Propel Multi Club conference
Chief executive of Smashburger – the fastest growing company in the history of US quick service restaurants - to present at first Propel Multi Club conference: Chief executive of US better burger chain Smashburger Dave Prokupek is to pr … view
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Monday 4th February 2013
Marston’s, Pizza Hut, Red Hot World Buffet
Jens Hofma – we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get Pizza Hut on the front foot: Pizza Hut UK boss Jens Hofma has argued that the company has a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to get on the front foot after private equity … view
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Friday 1st February 2013
Breaking News - Corney & Barrow Bars and Balthazar
Corney & Barrow Bars plunges into the red
Second Balthazar bakery planned

Corney & Barrow Bars plunges into the red as like-for-likes sales drop 11%: London operator Corney & Barrow … view
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Friday 1st February 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Coffee protests, impressive sites and social media control
Authors: Paul Charity, Ann Elliott and Carl Sautereau

Costa may have made an almighty mistake in Totnes by Paul Charity

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Friday 1st February 2013
Antic, Enterprise and YO! Sushi
Enterprise Inns to embark on re-positioning of pubs with £10m spend; further £10m will be spent to ensure every pub has curb appeal by September: Enterprise Inns has embarked on a £10m investment in around 30 pubs ripe for repositionin … view
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