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Sunday 31st May 2015
BrewDog starts work on £25m “biggest project” brewery
BrewDog starts work on £25m “biggest project” brewery: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has begun work on a £25m new brewery site at its headquarters in Ellon, Aberdeenshire aiming to increase production five-fold in what it des … view
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Friday 29th May 2015
Update: RHWB, JDW, Nando's, pub stock, Wildwood
Red Hot World Buffet tweaks Leicester offer after slow start: Red Hot World Buffet is to tweak its menu at its Leicester venue after interim chief executive James Horler admitted the 10-month-old restaurant was "doing less well than we thought … view
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Friday 29th May 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The generation not keen on alcohol, political masters need to serve us, what’s happening in European foodservice and an open letter to the government
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Tim Martin, Maria Bertoch and Paul C … view
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Friday 29th May 2015
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Wetherspoon apologises over second case of discrimination against travellers: JD Wetherspoon has admitted liability in respect of a second case of discrimination involving members of the traveller community. Three members of the travelling com … view
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Thursday 28th May 2015
Radius Equity launches £2m EIS pub scheme
Radius Equity launches £2m EIS pub scheme: Radius Equity, the specialist provider of EIS and SEIS investments, has launched a £2 million EIS compliant investment alongside the directors of a leading Northampton pub chain. The investment will … view
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Thursday 28th May 2015
McDonald’s to end monthly like-for-like sales reports
McDonald’s to end monthly like-for-like sales reports: McDonald’s is to stop reporting monthly like-for-like sales at its restaurants, beginning in July, its chief executive has announced. The company is the last restaurant operator in the … view
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Thursday 28th May 2015
Notes launches £600,000 crowdfunding push
Notes launches £600,000 crowdfunding push: Notes, the five-strong London-based coffee shop and wine bar concept, has launched a crowdfunding drive on Crowdcube, looking to raise £600,000 in return for 7.5% of its equity, which values the com … view
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Thursday 28th May 2015
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EU food safety agency issues first guidance on coffee consumption – no more than four cups a day: Four cups of coffee should be the maximum a person drinks in a day, new guidelines state. Consuming any more than the caffeine equivalent of fo … view
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Wednesday 27th May 2015
Oakman Inns reports site ebitda of £2.1m
Oakman Inns reports site ebitda of £2.1m: Oakman Inns & Restaurants, founded and led by Peter Borg-Neal, has reported hitting its budgeted profit of £350,000 company ebitda and site ebitda of £2.1m for the 2014/15 financial year, which ende … view
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Wednesday 27th May 2015
Hotcha looks for franchisees after hiring Domino’s executives
Hotcha looks for franchisees after hiring Domino’s executives: Chinese delivery concept Hotcha is looking to recruit franchisees to turn the brand into the first national Chinese takeaway franchise in the UK. “Despite the enormous pop … view
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Wednesday 27th May 2015
Sky freezes prices, offers licensees £1,200 a year to show digital advertising in their pubs
Sky freezes prices, offers licensees £1,200 a year to show digital advertising in their pubs: Sky Sports has frozen subscription prices for the forthcoming season. The company has also partnered with Molson Coors to roll out a scheme that wil … view
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Wednesday 27th May 2015
Update: AG Barr, Burger & Lobster, leisure market
AG Barr reports total sales down 1.1%: Soft drink group AG Barr has reported that total group sales, excluding the now divested Orangina brand and Findlays water coolers, declined by 1.1% for the 15 weeks to 9 May 2015 versus the same per … view
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Wednesday 27th May 2015
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United Craft Brewers plan September conference: United Craft Brewers (UCB), the organisation set up earlier this month by the Scottish brewer BrewDog along with Camden Town Brewery and Beavertown Brewery of London, Magic Rock Brewing in … view
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Tuesday 26th May 2015
Update: GK to sell 16 pubs, Stonegate lines up float
Greene King to sell just 16 pubs to meet competition concerns: Greene King has offered to sell 16 pubs to address competition concerns in relation to its anticipated acquisition of Spirit Pub Company. The offer, which the Competition and Marke … view
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Tuesday 26th May 2015
NPD – Pubs grows breakfast sales by 128%
NPD – Pubs grows breakfast sales by 128%: Foodservice industry figures from global information provider The NPD Group show that pubs are increasingly more a place for eating and less a venue for ‘a quick pint’. Half of the British popula … view
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Tuesday 26th May 2015
Cineworld reports revenues up 8.8%
Cineworld reports revenues up 8.8%: Cineworld has reported revenues up 8.8% in the first 19 weeks of 2015 compared to last year. The company stated: “All territories have delivered year-on-year growth in admissions for the first 19 week … view
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Tuesday 26th May 2015
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Fuller’s acquisition programme ‘driven by move of commuters to live outside London’: Fuller Smith & Turner’s pub acquisition programme is being driven by the desire to follow its customers, who are being forced out of London by h … view
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Monday 25th May 2015
CGA Peach – small branded chains grow outlets by 48% in three years
CGA Peach – small branded chains grow outlets by 48% in three years: Branded restaurant chains are showing the fastest growth in the food and drink market, with smaller chains under 25 outlets showing the fastest growth of all, accordin … view
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Friday 22nd May 2015
‘Super eight’ industry execs back Red’s True Barbecue
‘Super eight’ industry execs back Red’s True Barbecue: Fast-growing smokehouse concept Red’s True Barbecue has secured £5m of investment to fund expansion with backing from eight senior industry figures. The debt funding and equi … view
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Friday 22nd May 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The size of Enterprise’s challenge, lessons from Chicago, roof-top bars and basement speakeasys in Chicago
Authors: Paul Charity, Kate Nicholls and James Hacon

The size of the Enterpris … view

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Friday 22nd May 2015
Whitbread names banker Alison Brittain as new ceo
Whitbread names banker Alison Brittain as new ceo: Whitbread has named Alison Brittain as its next chief executive to succeed Andy Harrison, who has decided to retire from full time executive life at the end of February 2016. Brittain wil … view
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Friday 22nd May 2015
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Barclays survey of customers shows average 23% rise in pub sector turnover since 2012: There are encouraging signs of growth for the UK pub industry which has seen a rise in turnover and injection of new owners in the last three years, ac … view
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Thursday 21st May 2015
David Wild – ‘we’re very confident we can increase Domino’s UK store numbers by 50%’
David Wild – ‘we’re very confident we can increase Domino’s UK store numbers by 50%’: Domino’s Pizza is “very confident” it can increase UK store numbers by 50% to 1,200 outlets, the company’s chief executive, David Wild, sai … view
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Thursday 21st May 2015
Results: Young’s, Shaftesbury, SSP, Booker
Young’s reports 35% increase in profit before tax: London pub retailer Young’s has reported a 35% increase in profit before tax for the year to 30 March, up to £36.1m. Sales rose 7.7% to £227m and managed like-for-likes were up 6.5% … view
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Thursday 21st May 2015
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ALMR launches Casual Dining Manifesto: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has launched a Casual Dining Manifesto promoting the UK’s varied and innovative casual dining market. The Manifesto highlights the dynamism and … view
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Wednesday 20th May 2015
Patisserie Valerie reports Ebitda of £8.7m, up 23.1%
Patisserie Valerie reports Ebitda of £8.7m, up 23.1%: Patisserie Valerie has reported sales up 22.2% at £43.7m in the six months to the end of 31 March 2015. Ebitda rose 23.1% to £8.7m. Pre-tax profit was £7m, an increase of £2.2m or 45%. … view
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Wednesday 20th May 2015
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Police Federation – women not getting drink-drive messages, let’s reduce the drink-drive limit: The Police Federation has argued that the drink drive limit should be reduced in England and Wales in line with Scottish levels. It also argued … view
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Tuesday 19th May 2015
Gordon Ramsay increases personal loans to company to £15.1m
Gordon Ramsay increases personal loans to company to £15.1m: Gordon Ramsay increased the total value of his personal loans to his company, Kavalake, by £837,000 to £15.1m, in the most recent year to 31 August 2014. The money was used to hel … view
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Tuesday 19th May 2015
Deltic Group – our bar estate will be smaller than 70 sites
Deltic Group – our bar estate will be smaller than 70 sites: Peter Marks, chief executive of Deltic Group, the new name for nightclub operator Luminar, has reported that its late-night bar division, a new focus for the company, is unlikely t … view
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Tuesday 19th May 2015
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Luminar changes name to Deltic, re-brands Chicago Rock, reports pre-tax profit up 18% to £3.7m: Nightclub company Luminar has changed its name to The Deltic Group and decided to re-brand former Chicago Leisure sites into a new concept called … view
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Monday 18th May 2015
Wetherspoon apologises to eight travelers refused pub entry
Wetherspoon apologises to eight travelers refused pub entry: A court has found that JD Wetherspoon did discriminate against eight travellers refused entry to the Coronet, a JD Wetherspoon pub in Holloway Road, north London, on 17 November 2011 … view
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Monday 18th May 2015
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Chozen Noodle bought by Thai conglomerate CP Foods: Chozen Noodle, the 16-outlet fast casual noodle bar brand founded by Matthew Kirby and John Dodds, has been bought by the Thailand-based agro-industrial and food conglomerate CP Foods. Kirby, … view
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Friday 15th May 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The rise of small plates, news from the beer world and you couldn’t make it up
Authors: Marc Brandon, Martyn Cornell and Paul Chase

Small plates, big opportunities: How chains can take … view

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Friday 15th May 2015
SABMiller buys Meantime
SABMiller buys Meantime: SABMiller, the world’s second largest brewing company, has bought the Greenwich-based craft brewer Meantime Brewing Company, it was announced this morning. SABMiller plans to grow sales of Meantime’s beers national … view
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Friday 15th May 2015
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Center Parcs closer to float or sale as Martin Robinson is replaced as chairman by Vagn Sorensen: Center Parcs has announced that Vagn Sorensen, who helped to steer SSP, owner of the Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza chains, to the stock exchange … view
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Thursday 14th May 2015
Ralph Findlay – 'average profits per pub up 30% at Marston's since 2012'
Ralph Findlay – ‘average profits per pub up 30% at Marston’s since 2012’: Marston’s has seen average profits per pub rise 30% since 2012 as a consequence of its new-build programme and the disposal of 500 smaller pubs, the company’ … view
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Thursday 14th May 2015
Update: Loungers, Marston’s, M&B, Gideon Joffe, Restaurant Group
Loungers to open ‘flagship’ Cosy Club in Birmingham: Loungers, the all-day dining group backed by Piper Private Equity, will open its ninth Cosy Club site tomorrow (Friday) in a Grade II listed former banking hall in Birmingham. The l … view
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Thursday 14th May 2015
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Pub and restaurant like-for-likes rise 1.2% in April: The managed pub and restaurant sector returned to like-for-like growth in April after a brief dip in March, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker figures. Collective like-fo … view
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Wednesday 13th May 2015
Results: C&C Group, SABMiller, SSP
C&C Group reports 10.3% net revenue growth: C&C Group, the branded cider, beer, wine and soft drinks producer, has reported net revenue growth of 10.3% to €683.9m for the year ended 28 February 2015. Operating profit of €115 million d … view
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Wednesday 13th May 2015
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Enterprise outlines £500m a year takings target for managed pubs: Enterprise Inns' plan to create an estate of 800 managed pubs would produce turnover of around £500m if the company hits the mid-point of forecast sales levels for its th … view
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Tuesday 12th May 2015
Faucet Inn reports net operating margin down 6.1% after adopting the Living Wage
Faucet Inn reports net operating margin down 6.1% after adopting the Living Wage: Faucet Inn, the London multiple operator led by Steve Cox, has reported that net operating margin fell by 6.1% from 10% to 3.9% in the year to 26 July 2014 after … view
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Tuesday 12th May 2015
Rupert Clevely – ‘I approached Enterprise over joint venture’
Rupert Clevely – ‘I approached Enterprise over joint venture’: Gastro-pub entrepreneur Rupert Clevely has told Propel that he approached Enterprise Inns with the idea of setting up a joint venture operating managed pubs in the wake of la … view
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Tuesday 12th May 2015
Enterprise deal with Rupert Clevely offers 25% stake
Enterprise deal with Rupert Clevely offers 25% stake: Enterprise Inns chief executive Simon Townsend has told Propel that the company’s new deal with entrepreneur Rupert Clevely to develop managed pubs offers Clevely, who founded Geronimo In … view
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Tuesday 12th May 2015
Enterprise Inns plans 850 managed pubs by 2020
Enterprise Inns plans 850 managed pubs by 2020: Enterprise Inns has reported it is planning as many as 850 managed pubs by 2020, with Geronimo Inns founder Rupert Clevely operating selected sites on a managed basis in the first of a numbe … view
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Tuesday 12th May 2015
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Tuesday 12th May 2015
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Simon French – CMA ruling on Greene King's Spirit acquisition no worse than expected: Cenkos Leisure's analyst Simon French has called the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) ruling on Greene King's acquisition of Spirit "in line … view
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Monday 11th May 2015
Rooney Anand – CMA ruling on Spirit takeover ‘sensible’
Rooney Anand – CMA ruling on Spirit takeover ‘sensible’: Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand has welcomed the The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ruling that Greene King’s acquisition of Spirit raises limited competition i … view
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Monday 11th May 2015
CMA finds Greene King/Spirit merger raises competition issues in 16 places
CMA finds Greene King/Spirit merger raises competition issues in 16 places: The anticipated acquisition by Greene King of Spirit Pub Company will be referred for an in-depth investigation unless acceptable undertakings are offered, the Competi … view
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Monday 11th May 2015
Young’s to open new burger concept this month
Young’s to open new burger concept this month: London pub retailer Young’s is set to open a new burger concept this month. The Burger Shack includes a roving Airstream and permanent outdoor Burger Shacks, each individually designed for the … view
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Monday 11th May 2015
Wetherspoon threatens legal action against competitors infringing trademark
Wetherspoon threatens legal action against competitors infringing trademark: Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has threatened to take legal action against a number of competitors which it says are promoting ‘meal deals’ which infringe trade … view
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Monday 11th May 2015
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Craft brewers to join together to launch United Craft Brewers: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has revealed that it is to join other craft brewers in launching a new trade body called United Craft Brewers. BrewDog described the new a … view
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Sunday 10th May 2015
Jamie Rollo - Enterprise Inns strategy review could lead to higher quality, smaller estate
Jamie Rollo - Enterprise Inns strategy review could lead to higher quality, smaller estate: Morgan Stanley leisure analyst Jamie Rollo has forecast tomorrow strategy review announcement, updating on how it will maximise long-term value fr … view
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Sunday 10th May 2015
Sunday update: Enterprise, Wetherspoon, YO! Sushi, Keuken, Punch
Jamie Rollo – Enterprise Inns strategy review could lead to higher quality, smaller estate: Morgan Stanley leisure analyst Jamie Rollo has forecast Enterprise’s Tuesday strategy review announcement, updating on how it will maximise lo … view
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Friday 8th May 2015
McDonald’s reports LfL global sales dropped in April
McDonald’s reports LfL global sales dropped in April: McDonald’s has reported that global like-for-like sales decreased 0.6% in April. Like-for-likes were down in the US by 2.3%, Europe like-for-likes were up 1.0% but Asia/Pacific, Middle … view
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Friday 8th May 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Brand standards, out and about, and the emergence of craft beer in Poland
Authors: Steven Pike, Ann Elliott and Martyn Cornell

Brand standards are still the foundation to a great guest ex … view

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Friday 8th May 2015
Just Eat acquisition and Enterpise strategic review
Just Eat lines up £445m Australian acquisition: Just Eat, the leading online and mobile marketplace for takeaway food, is to acquire Menulog Group for £445 million to be financed from the proceeds of an issue of new equity. Menulog is t … view
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Friday 8th May 2015
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PizzaExpress submits plans for first delivery site: PizzaExpress has submitted plans for its first takeaway store in its 50 year history, to be located in Cambridge. The store will be in the building currently occupied by Liberal Democrat camp … view
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Thursday 7th May 2015
First seven operators unveiled for new London restaurant quarter
First seven operators unveiled for new London restaurant quarter: A total of 18 new restaurants are set to open in Nova, Victoria, next year, creating London’s newest restaurant quarter - seven of the operators were unveiled today. Nova, Vic … view
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Thursday 7th May 2015
Potbelly plans ten London sites after summer debut
Potbelly plans ten London sites after summer debut: Chicago-based company Potbelly Sandwich Shop, a leading fast-casual brand in the US with nearly 400 sites, will debut in the UK at “The Street” in Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre this … view
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Thursday 7th May 2015
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Tim Martin – ‘Beaconsfield motorway service pub has lowest bar sales we’ve ever seen’: Tim Martin, chairman of JD Wetherspoon, has told Propel that his company's controversial motorway services station pub on the M40 at Beaconsfield, o … view
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Wednesday 6th May 2015
Steve Magnall takes St Peter’s Brewery top job
Steve Magnall takes St Peter’s Brewery top job: Award-winning St Peter’s Brewery has announced the appointment of Steve Magnall as its new chief executive. Magnall will lead and develop business for the Suffolk based brewery when he t … view
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Wednesday 6th May 2015
Wetherspoon reports like-for-likes up 1.7%
Wetherspoon reports like-for-likes up 1.7%: JD Wetherspoon has reported like-for-like sales up 1.7% and total sales up 5.8% in the 13 week period up to 26 April 2015. In the year to date (39 weeks to 26 April 2015), like-for-like sales in … view
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Wednesday 6th May 2015
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Hummus Bros launches £250,000 crowdfunding campaign: Hummus Bros, the London-based hummus restaurant chain, has launched a campaign to raise £250,000 in return for 4.35% of its equity through the Seedrs crowdfunding platform, valuing the com … view
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Tuesday 5th May 2015
Horizons – now more than 500 emerging foodservice brands in the UK
Horizons – now more than 500 emerging foodservice brands in the UK: Pret A Manger is the brand most admired by the UK’s foodservice entrepreneurs, who praise the high street sandwich giant for its consistency and high standards. In Horizon … view
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Tuesday 5th May 2015
Greene King reports managed LfLs up 0.4%
Greene King reports managed LfLs up 0.4%: Greene King has reported managed like-for-likes up 0.4% for the 51 weeks to 26 April 2015. It stated that managed like-for-like sales were up 0.8% without the impact of Scottish drink-driving regu … view
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Tuesday 5th May 2015
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Ed’s Easy Diner reports turnover up 50%, eyes 55 sites by end of 2015: Ed’s Easy Diner has reported that turnover increased by 50.7% to £26.5m in the year to 30 September 2014. Group operating profit, adjusted for pre-opening and other sp … view
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Monday 4th May 2015
McDonald’s Easterbrook sets out turnaround plan
McDonald’s Easterbrook sets out turnaround plan: McDonald's chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, has announced the initial steps in the company's turnaround plan, including a restructuring of the company's worldwide business. He plans to move … view
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Monday 4th May 2015
Telegraph – Las Iguanas and La Tasca in play
Telegraph – Las Iguanas and La Tasca in play: Private equity firms are running the rulers over the Latin American dining chain Las Iguanas, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The company’s owner, Bowmark Capital, is thought to have attached … view
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Friday 1st May 2015
Update: Zonal, M&B, Whitbread, franchising, Living Ventures
Zonal acquires liveRES: In a strategic bid to ‘create the UK’s most sophisticated and innovative online booking and table management system’, Zonal Retail Data Systems has acquired online bookings company liveRES. Established in 201 … view
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Friday 1st May 2015
Friday Opinion
Subjects: BrewDog’s eye-watering valuation, the importance of European representation in Europe for the sector and health or healthism
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Kate Nicholls and Paul Chase

The ey … view

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Friday 1st May 2015
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More than 1,000 prospective MPs sign Camra’s election pledge: More than 1,000 candidates in the coming general election, including the two top contenders for Prime Minister, have expressed support for the Campaign for Real Ale’s election p … view
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