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Monday 22nd December 2014
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Eating out spend up as overall leisure spending drops: Eating out again saw year-on-year growth in November, the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker has reported, with the average household increasing spend by £3 (4%) to £76. Households … view
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Friday 19th December 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: A look back at 2014, what does 2015 hold for alcohol policy? The best marketing initiatives of the past year

Authors: Martyn Cornell, Paul Chase, Ann Elliott


World buffet, crowdfunding and micropubs – a look back a … view
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Friday 19th December 2014
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Senior agent predicts even more frenetic 2015 London restaurant activity: David Rawlinson, founder and director of the agency Restaurant Property, has predicted even more frenetic activity in the London restaurant scene in 2015. He also a … view
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Thursday 18th December 2014
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M&B – more than one million people set to dine out on Christmas Day: Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has released research that found more than one million people are due to dine out on Christmas Day – and it is seeing a 20% increase in bookings … view
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Wednesday 17th December 2014
New generation coaching inn wins Les Routiers Hotel of the Year
New generation coaching inn wins Les Routiers Hotel of the Year: Coaching inn operator Bulldog Hotel Group has been awarded the prestigious Les Routiers Hotel of the Year 2015 Award for its Talbot Hotel, Eatery and Coffee House. Based in Oundl … view
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Wednesday 17th December 2014
Hakkasan set for Vegas expansion, Enterprise annual report
UK-based Hakkasan set for Las Vegas expansion: Hakkasan Group, the UK-founded restaurant and nightclub company, is buying The Light Group in the US, which operates 22 nightclubs, day-clubs and restaurants. Light Group owner New York-based … view
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Wednesday 17th December 2014
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Tom Sellers tops OpenTable's Top 100 Best Restaurants list: The chef Tom Sellers, whose Restaurant Story in Southwark, South London won its first Michelin star just five months after it opened, has been named the best restaurant in Britain in … view
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Tuesday 16th December 2014
Marston’s launches Generous George brand
Marston’s launches Generous George brand: Midlands brewer and retailer Marston’s has launched a new “local” brand called Generous George – it has just opened it fourth Generous George site, located at Coulby Newham’s Lingfield … view
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Tuesday 16th December 2014
IHG buys US boutique hotel and restaurants business
IHG buys US boutique hotel and restaurants business: InterContinental hotels Group (IHG) has agreed to acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants for $430 million in cash. Kimpton is the world’s ‘largest independent boutique hotel operator and a … view
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Tuesday 16th December 2014
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Angela Malik seeks £350,000 to expand Modern Asian Deli: The entrepreneur Angela Malik has launched a fund-raising push on Crowdcube to raise £350,000 to expand her Modern Asian Deli concept in return for 18.9% of the equity. Her pitch says: … view
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Monday 15th December 2014
Wetherspoon to open 100-bedroom hotel in Dublin
Wetherspoon to open 100-bedroom hotel in Dublin: JD Wetherspoon has purchased Camden Hall Hostel in Dublin city centre – and is set to open its biggest hotel ever with a 100-bedroom hotel on the site, together with a pub. It will invest more … view
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Monday 15th December 2014
Greggs – LfLs are ahead of expectations
Greggs – LfLs are ahead of expectations: Greggs, the operator of 1,700 bakery outlets, has reported like-for-like sales grew 5.2% in the 24 weeks to 13 December (2013: 0.7%). Year-to-date own shop like-for-like sales are up 4.2% (same period … view
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Monday 15th December 2014
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Jon Moulton invests in Scotland’s ‘fastest growing independent pizza delivery firm’: Jon Moulton, whose Better Capital vehicle bought the Intertain business last month, has invested £50,000 personally in Edinburgh-based pizza deliv … view
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Friday 12th December 2014
Update: Arkley, new gastro company, Pizza Rossa, M&B plus
Alistair Arkley and son buy brace of Lake District inns: Alistair Arkley, the founder of New Century Inns and currently chairman of Chameleon Bar and Dining, and his son David have bought a brace of residential inns in the Lake District. The A … view
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Friday 12th December 2014
Friday Opinion
Subject: Alternative beer on restaurant menus, local marketing, five food trends for 2015 and predictive analytics
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Ann Elliott, Darren Tristano and Samantha Grocott

Mainstr … view

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Friday 12th December 2014
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Pieminister targets 20 new sites: Pieminister, the award-winning gourmet pie company, has unveiled ambitious plans to add 20 more restaurants across the UK. The Bristol-based business, which was established in 2003, already runs ten outlets fr … view
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Thursday 11th December 2014
Jonathan Neame: we accept 'market rent only' will pass into law
Jonathan Neame – we accept that ‘market rent only’ will become law: Jonathan Neame, who is chairman of the trade body for tenanted pub companies, the British Beer & Pub Association, has told MPs at a parliamentary reception that com … view
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Thursday 11th December 2014
Whitbread: Dempsey steps down, LfLs up 6%
Dempsey steps down at Whitbread: Whitbread has announced that, after ten successful years with the company, Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants (WHR), will be stepping down from the board and leaving the c … view
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Thursday 11th December 2014
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Restaurants outperform pubs as collective like-for-likes rise 3.4% in November: Pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 3.4% in November, against the same month last year. The latest figures from the Coffer Peach Busi … view
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Wednesday 10th December 2014
Update: Simon Dodd, Nathan Outlaw, Whitbread plus
Simon Dodd to join Fuller’s as operations director: Simon Dodd, the highly regarded former chief operating officer at Orchid Pub Company, has been lined up to replace Justin Carter as operations director at London brewer and retailer Fu … view
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Wednesday 10th December 2014
Analyst - Whitbread should demerge Costa Coffee
Simon French – Whitbread should demerge Costa Coffee: Cenkos Leisure analyst Simon French has argued for Whitbread to demerge its Costa Coffee business as he initiates coverage with a buy recommendation. He said: “Whitbread’s core b … view
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Wednesday 10th December 2014
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Alan Yau starts recruiting for Duck & Rice and Babaji Pide: Alan Yau is recruiting staff for his two long-awaited new Central London sites, the "Chinese gastropub" Duck & Rice and the Turkish pizza restaurant Babaji Pide. Rumours of the two op … view
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Tuesday 9th December 2014
Wetherspoon kicks Heineken out of entire estate
Wetherspoon kicks Heineken out of entire estate: JD Wetherspoon has today announced that it is no longer trading with a major supplier, Heineken, at any of its 926 pubs in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Heineken refused to supply Heineken lag … view
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Tuesday 9th December 2014
Tesco hires 6,000 staff to improve service
Tesco hires 6,000 staff to improve service: Tesco has hired 6,000 new staff to improve service as it implements new procedures. The company stated: “In recent weeks we have implemented new policies and procedures which will govern our c … view
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Tuesday 9th December 2014
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New hot dog concept planned for 2015: Husband-and-wife team Tim and Julie Mills are looking to launch a new hot dog concept called Hungerdog in 2015, with plans to grow to between ten and 15 sites over the next five years. The couple, who have … view
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Monday 8th December 2014
Update: McDonald's sales dip, White Brasserie, JDW
McDonald’s sales drop in all three major regions: McDonald’s has announced that global like-for-like sales decreased by a much higher than expected 2.2% in November with comparable sales down by 4.6% in the US, 2% in Europe and 4% els … view
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Monday 8th December 2014
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Allegra – non-specialist coffee producers, led by pubs, out-pacing branded coffee shops in growth terms: The total UK coffee shop market is estimated at 18,832 outlets and continues to outperform the UK retail sector with significant sa … view
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Friday 5th December 2014
Weight Partners Capital buys Rileys business
Weight Partners Capital buys Rileys business: Private equity firm Weight Partners Capital LLP (WPC) has bought the 43-strong Rileys Sport Bar business out of administration, saving 366 jobs. A spokesman for WPC, which specialises in investing … view
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Friday 5th December 2014
Update: Gail's, Wimpy, London Fields, Greene King and Starbucks
Bread Holdings doubles profits: Bread Holdings, the company that owns Gail’s Artisan Bakery and wholesaler The Bread Factory and where Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Partners holds a substantial stake, has reported turnover rose to £36, … view
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Friday 5th December 2014
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Technology that improves the customer experience, routes into the family purse, misleading statistics and a reminder of the Christmas fundamentals
Authors: Kate Nicholls, Jack MacIntyre, Paul Chase and Stephen Water … view
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Friday 5th December 2014
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Starbucks plans to add 8,300 plus sites in five years, launches new premium coffee brand: Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz has outlined plans to grow to 30,000 global sites within five years, up from its current estate size of 21,700. … view
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Thursday 4th December 2014
Starbucks boss Schultz details five-year growth strategy
Starbucks boss Schultz outlines five-year strategy: Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz has detailed the company’s five-year strategic growth plan, with details of its plans to develop its mobile, food, day-part and tea initiatives … view
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Thursday 4th December 2014
Good Egg pop-up seeks funding for permanent site
Good Egg pop-up seeks funding for permanent site: After ‘sell-out markets, pop-ups and residencies’, The Good Egg is seeking investment to fund a 40-seater neighbourhood restaurant on Stoke Newington’s Church Street. A fund-raising has l … view
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Thursday 4th December 2014
Greene King reports LfLs up by 1.5% in past 12 weeks
Greene King reports LfLs up by 1.5% in past 12 weeks: Greene King has reported managed like-for-like sales grew 0.8% in the 24 weeks to 19 October but have increased to 1.5% in the last 12 weeks. Overall sales grew 3.3% to £614.9m in the 24-w … view
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Thursday 4th December 2014
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Scottish licensees step up pressure for MRO option: Licensees in Scotland are stepping up the pressure for pub tenants in the country to be given the same right to a "market rent only" (MRO) option as pub company licensees in England look like … view
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Wednesday 3rd December 2014
NPD – kids dictate choice of one in four family visits
NPD – kids dictate choice of one in four eating out visits: Figures from global information provider The NPD Group show it’s the kids that dictate the decision in one in four foodservice visits. The NPD Group’s data shows that ‘be … view
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Wednesday 3rd December 2014
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Hummus Bros hits 350-pop-up milestone within a year: Hummus Brothers has hit the milestone of operating 350 pop-ups within a year of its first pop-up at the offices of Goldman Sachs in London. The company hit the 350 mark with a pop-up at the … view
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Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Cote results, Harris + Hoole results, Costa ranked second globally
Cote reports 27.2% rise in Ebitda: The Cote restaurant chain has reported that turnover grew by 31% to £84.8m in the year to 27 July 2014. Adjusted Ebitda rose 27.2% to £16.2m. Adjusted Ebitda margin was 19.2%, down by 0.8% on the year … view
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Tuesday 2nd December 2014
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Starbucks boss “we’ve rediscovered our mojo in the UK”: Mark Fox, who took over as chief executive of Starbucks UK at the start of this year, has reported eight consecutive quarters of growth in the UK after a sales dips in 2012 when the … view
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Monday 1st December 2014
Cinven makes £400m profit as final Gondola assets are sold
Cinven makes £400m profit as final Gondola assets are sold: The sale of the remainder of Gondola Holdings’ restaurants portfolio has earned private equity owner Cinven a total profit of circa £400 million. Cinven finalised the sale of … view
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Monday 1st December 2014
Oakman takes GK site, M&B ex-marketer joins Harrison
Oakman Inns signs first Greene King lease: Oakman Inns & Restaurants has taken on its first Greene King lease, at the Navigation Inn at Cosgrove, overlooking the Grand Union canal just north of Milton Keynes. Both companies are making what the … view
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Monday 1st December 2014
Douglas Jack issues upgrades on Enterprise and Punch
Douglas Jack issues upgrades on Enterprise and Punch: Numis Securities' analyst Douglas Jack has issued upgrades on shares in Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns as the bill containing the "market rent only" (MRO) option enters the House of Lord … view
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Monday 1st December 2014
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Fluid Group founder David King is named Star Pubs & Bars Retailer of the Year: North east bar entrepreneur David King, who sold Fluid Group in 2013, has been named Star Pubs & Bars Retailer of the Year. His new company Bar Hound made a £ … view
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