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Wednesday 30th April 2014
Breaking News - Greene King like-for-likes accelerate
Greene King like-for-likes accelerate: Greene King has reported that its managed division like-for-like sales have accelerated to 4.8% in the last 16 weeks from 4.1% earlier in the financial year. In a pre-close trading update for the 52 … view
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Wednesday 30th April 2014
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British Street Food in talks with private equity investors: British Street Food, the company that acts as a marketing and promotional platform, connecting street food to street foodies, has begun talks with private equity investors. There … view
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Tuesday 29th April 2014
Breaking News - Whitbread reports 3,000 new jobs created in past year
Whitbread reports 3,000 new jobs created in past year: Whitbread has reported it has created 3,000 new jobs in the UK in the past year as it reported sales up 13.0% to £2,294.3 million (2012/13: £2,030.0 million) in the year to 27 Febru … view
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Tuesday 29th April 2014
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Geof Collyer – operators should follow SA Brain and Whitbread on coffee: Deutsche Bank leisure analyst Geof Collyer has argued that coffee shops are not dissimilar to pubs, and coffee remains a big opportunity for pubs. In a sector note, Co … view
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Monday 28th April 2014
Breaking News - New smokehouse concept acquires first site
New smokehouse concept acquires first site: Smokes and Grills, a new gastro-pub concept serving an American-inspired barbecue menu, has secured its first site after the property agent Davis Coffer Lyons completed the off-market sale of the Duk … view
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Monday 28th April 2014
Breaking News - Richoux Group reports 14.9% rise in ebitda
Richoux Group reports 14.9% rise in ebitda: Richoux Group, which operates 18 restaurants under the Richoux, Dean's Diner, Zippers and Villagio brands, has reported a 14.9% rise in ebitda for the year to 29 December 2013. Turnover increased 16. … view
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Monday 28th April 2014
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Tom Cobleigh founder re-enters pub trade with acquisition of village local, plans to open Italian concept: Derek Mapp, the Derbyshire entrepreneur who founded the Tom Cobleigh pub chain and who is currently High Sheriff of the county, has re-e … view
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Monday 28th April 2014
Breaking News - Senior analyst upgrades pub and restaurant companies
Analyst Geof Collyer upgrades rating on all sector companies covered: Deutsche Bank analyst Geof Collyer has upgraded his ratings on the major sector companies he covers as economic recovery "plays to their strengths after eight years of repos … view
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Friday 25th April 2014
Joseph Holt launches JV with Cloverleaf founders
Joseph Holt launches JV with Cloverleaf founders: Joseph Holt has entered into a joint venture with John Winder and Gary Douglas, the founders of Cloverleaf Restaurants, to acquire and develop sites for a number of new build pub restaurant con … view
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Friday 25th April 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Picking your battleground, vital ingredients for food production, the lifespan of new-build pubs and drinking by numbers
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Chris Edger, Colin Wellstead and Paul Chase
   
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Friday 25th April 2014
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Britvic rolls out multi-million-pound assault to boost quality of draught soft drinks dispense: Soft drinks firm Britvic is rolling out new equipment, new fonts and new glassware to boost standards in the £2.3bn on-trade draught soft dri … view
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Thursday 24th April 2014
Breaking News - Starbucks reports reduced UK losses
Starbucks reports reduced UK losses: Starbucks UK has reported that its losses in the UK fell by 32.7% to £20,465,123 in the year to 29 September 2013. Turnover dropped to £399,405,183 from £413,392,826 the year before. There was a net … view
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Thursday 24th April 2014
Breaking News - Spirit aims to add 400 branded pubs
Spirit aims to add 400 branded pubs: Spirit Pub Company is determined to grow the scale of its managed pub business, adding up to 400 more branded outlets, “focused on proven, successful and high-returning brands”, the company’s chief ex … view
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Thursday 24th April 2014
Breaking News - Spirit Pub Company reports 4.8% LfLs lift
Spirit Pub Company reports 4.8% LfLs lift: Spirit Pub Company had reported EBITDA of £60m (2013: £67m) in the 28 weeks to 1 March. Profit before tax was £1m (2013: £12m) and there were net exceptional pre-tax costs of £21m (2013: £8m). T … view
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Thursday 24th April 2014
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Harry Ramsden’s reduces losses: The 18-strong fish and chip shop chain Harry Ramsden’s, which is owned by Boparan Ventures and led by Joe Texeira, has reduced losses in the year 29 December 2013. The company made a loss before tax of … view
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Wednesday 23rd April 2014
Patisserie Valerie – there’s potential for 250+ more sites
Patisserie Valerie – there’s potential for 250+ more sites: Patisserie Holdings has reported that market research has shown potential for over 250 more Patisserie Valerie sites in the UK. The company, which is to seek an AIM flotation, sta … view
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Wednesday 23rd April 2014
Breaking News - Patisserie Valerie owner to float on AIM
Patisserie Valerie owner to float on AIM: Patisserie Holdings, the 138-strong UK branded café and casual dining group offering premium cakes, pastries, snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks across five differentiated brands, is to proceed wit … view
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Wednesday 23rd April 2014
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Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker finds UK spending more on eating out as 2014 progresses: The average British household spent £200 on out-of-home leisure activities in March, which amounts to a total nationwide spend of around £5.1bn, … view
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Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Breaking News - Tim Martin launches scathing attack on pubco leadership
Tim Martin launches scathing attack on pubco leadership: JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has made his strongest criticism yet of fellow pub company bosses for not supporting the sector’s campaign to reduce VAT. Martin argues that the finan … view
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Tuesday 22nd April 2014
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Camerons starts to add to Head of Steam estate with managed conversion: Brewer and retailer Camerons is to convert one of its existing managed pubs to the premium-beer The Head Of Steam trading template next month – the company acquired … view
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Thursday 17th April 2014
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Luke Johnson – London is crying out for New York-style artisan super-sites: Sector investor Luke Johnson has told Propel that London is ‘crying out’ for its own version of the three giant restaurant and artisan foodservice super-sit … view
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Wednesday 16th April 2014
Breaking News - Former Fat Cat site to become distillery pub
Former Fat Cat site to become distillery pub: A bar with its own distillery, producing gin, vodka and whisky on the premises, is due to open in the former Fat Cat Cafe Bar in Bow Wharf, East London at the end of the month. A lease on the site … view
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Wednesday 16th April 2014
Breaking News - Tesco – we will open 100 Giraffe, Decks and Harris + Hoole outlets next year
Tesco – we will open 100 Giraffe, Decks and Harris + Hoole outlets next year: Supermarket chain Tesco is to accelerate the provision of food and beverage offers in the coming year with more than 100 Giraffe, Decks and Harris + Hoole openings … view
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Wednesday 16th April 2014
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Warm March weather produces 4.6% bounce in pub and restaurant like-for-likes: Britain’s pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6% in March against the same month last year, according to latest figures from the Co … view
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Tuesday 15th April 2014
Breaking News - Hakkasan reports losses of £31.9m
Hakkasan reports losses of £31.9m: Hakkasan, the international restaurant and nightclub company founded in the UK by Alan Yau, has reported that its losses widened to £31.9m in the year to 31 May 2013, against £4.52m the year before. Turnov … view
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Tuesday 15th April 2014
Breaking News - Punch Taverns – average profit per pub up 4%
Punch Taverns – average profit per pub up 4%: Punch Taverns has reported it’s on track to meet full-year expectations, with an average uplift of 4% in profit per pub across 3,956 sites in the 28 weeks to 1 March. The company reported Ebitd … view
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Tuesday 15th April 2014
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Gondola chairman – ‘we’ve had a strong first half to our financial year’: The chairman of the Gondola Group, Chris Woodhouse has reported good progress across the company’s key brands in the first half of its current financial y … view
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Monday 14th April 2014
Breaking News - Fuller’s acquires two freehold riverside pubs
Fuller’s acquires two freehold riverside pubs: Brewer and retailer Fuller Smith & Turner has completed the purchase of two new freehold sites on the banks of the Thames in London. A site in Fulham Reach will open later in 2014 and a sec … view
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Monday 14th April 2014
Breaking News - Coal Grill and Bar to add 18 sites after new investment
Coal Grill and Bar to add 18 sites after new investment: Charterhouse Leisure, which trades as ‘Coal Grill & Bar’, is aiming to add six restaurants a year for three years after reporting an increase in Ebitda for the year to the end of Feb … view
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Monday 14th April 2014
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Jamie Rollo – JD Wetherspoon like-for-likes have out-performed peers for two years: Morgan Stanley leisure analyst Jamie Rollo has reported that JD Wetherspoon’s like-for-like sales have now been materially above its leading pub and r … view
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Saturday 12th April 2014
Breaking News - TGI Friday’s reports UK ebitda of £19.9m
TGI Friday’s reports UK ebitda of £19.9m: TGI Friday’s, led by Karen Forrester, has reported a rise in turnover and pre-tax profit in 2013. The company grew turnover to £166.8m in the 53 weeks to 30 December 2013, from £147.7m the year … view
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Friday 11th April 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The disappearance of pub customers, the issue of trust in a cash business, the world of contract caterers
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Tim Foster and Ann Elliott 
 

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Friday 11th April 2014
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Yummy Pub Company – ‘dishonest employee has slowed our growth’: The co-founder of Yummy Pub Company, Tim Foster has revealed that a dishonest manager who stole an estimated £69,000 from takings at the company's Grove Ferry pub in Kent s … view
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Thursday 10th April 2014
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Jonathan Kaye – we’d like ten Cleavers by the end of 2014: Prezzo chief executive Jonathan Kaye has told Propel his company would like to have ten Cleaver sites by the end of 2014. It is planning between 25 and 30 openings at a cost o … view
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Wednesday 9th April 2014
Nando’s and Pat Val join JDW on M40
Nando’s and Patisserie Valerie join Wetherspoon on M40 site: Both Nando’s and Patisserie Valerie will break new ground this summer by opening their first motorway service station sites, joining JD Wetherspoon in opening at the Beaconsfield … view
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Wednesday 9th April 2014
Breaking News - Prezzo – we plan up to 30 new sites this year
Prezzo – we plan up to 30 new sites this year: Prezzo, led by Jonathan Kaye, is planning to open between 25 and 30 new restaurants this year. The company reported that its sales rose 15% to £166.5m in the 52 weeks ended 29 December with pre … view
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Wednesday 9th April 2014
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Downing invests in Modern Asian Deli brand: Investment fund Downing LLP, which has sizeable co-investments with pub operators Antic London and East Midlands-based Pub People Company, has provided development capital for Modern Asian Deli … view
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Tuesday 8th April 2014
Breaking News - Sandwich chain Eat reports dive into losses
Sandwich chain Eat reports dive into losses: Sandwich chain Eat, which has more than 100 sites and was founded by Niall and Faith MacArthur, has reported lower turnover and a dive into the red for its most recent financial year. The company sa … view
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Tuesday 8th April 2014
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Enterprise develops ready-made food formats at three sites: Tenanted pub company Enterprise Inns has stepped up its focus on food with the development of ready-made formats at three pubs. The move is part of a initiative by Enterprise tha … view
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Monday 7th April 2014
Breaking News - Punch requests bondholder meeting to avoid default
Punch requests bondholder meeting to avoid default: Punch Taverns has asked to meet bondholders on 29 April to vote on waiving covenants to avoid default. The company stated: “Since its announcement on 28 February 2014, Punch has contin … view
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Monday 7th April 2014
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Gerry Ford – I think we will end up with 30,000 pubs; criticised for paying no Corporation Tax since 2007: Caffe Nero founder Gerry Ford has predicted that the UK will end up with circa 30,000 pubs. Ford told The Sunday Telegraph: “I … view
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Saturday 5th April 2014
Breaking News - Results: Inventive Leisure, Innventure and Davy's
Revolution vodka bar operator reports scale of profit drop in 2013: Revolution vodka bar operator Inventive Leisure, now renamed New Inventive Bar Company and led by former Barracuda Pub Company chief executive Mark McQuater, has reported … view
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Friday 4th April 2014
Breaking News - Boom in fledgling brands as entrepreneurs seize the moment
Boom in fledgling brands as entrepreneurs seize the moment: Entrepreneurial operators are seizing the opportunity to roll out new eating-out concepts at a faster rate than the sector has seen for several years as the economy returns to growth, … view
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Friday 4th April 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The evolving battle for the Third Place, the pub sector’s sea change and the future of alcohol policy
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Ralph Findlay and Paul Chase
   

The ever-evolving battle for … view

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Friday 4th April 2014
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Ralph Findlay – there’s a sea change going on in the pub sector: The chief executive of Marston’s, Ralph Findlay, has argued that a sea change is going on in the pub sector, which is starting to be perceived as a source of innovatio … view
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Thursday 3rd April 2014
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Yummy reports 29% rise in March like-for-like sales: Four-strong Yummy Pub Company, led by Tim Foster and Anthony Pender, has revealed a stellar 29% rise in like-for-like sales in March. The company had enjoyed double-digit sales growth f … view
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Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Breaking News - Realpubs founders buy first two sites for new company
Realpubs founders buy first two sites for new company: The Old Ship Inn in Hackney, an Enterprise Inns free-of-tie lease, has been sold by Davis Coffer Lyons to Urban Pubs & Bars, the new company set up by the founders of Realpubs, Malcolm Hea … view
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Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Breaking News - The Restaurant Group appoints new chief executive
The Restaurant Group appoints new chief executive: The Restaurant Group has named Danny Breithaupt as its new chief executive. He will join the Board on 1 September 2014 at which point he will take up the position of chief executive follo … view
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Wednesday 2nd April 2014
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Ian Neill – US market there for the taking by UK brands: Ian Neill, the former chief executive of Wagamama and current chairman of Las Iguanas, believes the US market is “there for the taking” for ambitious UK operators. Neill, writ … view
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Tuesday 1st April 2014
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Fuller’s to deliver beer to Heathrow flagship pub by pipeline: London brewer and retailer Fuller, Smith & Turner has unveiled the world’s first beer pipeline delivering beer directly to a new pub. Starting at Fuller’s brewery in Chi … view
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