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Thursday 31st March 2016
Tesco eyes sale of Giraffe
Tesco eyes sale of Giraffe: Sky News has reported that Tesco is looking at a sale of Giraffe, the restaurant chain bought from Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Partners during the reign of its former chief executive, as it seeks to improve p … view
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Thursday 31st March 2016
Barworks buys pub for £4.6m after Camden Town sale
Barworks acquires the Commercial Tavern for more than £4.6m, plans to acquire many more freeholds: Barworks has bought the freehold of Shoreditch’s Commercial Tavern for in excess of £4.6m. Agent Fleurets was initially instructed to m … view
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Thursday 31st March 2016
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CAMRA considers rebrand as it conducts wholesale review into purpose and strategy: The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is to conduct a wholesale review into its purpose and strategy that could lead to one of the largest single-issue consume … view
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Wednesday 30th March 2016
Tasty plans to step up expansion after 20% sales growth in 2015
Tasty plans to step up expansion after 20% sales growth in 2015: Wildwood operator Tasty has reported sales up 20% to £35,794,000 (2014 – £29,734,000) in the year to 27 December 2015 – and is now planning to accelerate its roll-out. … view
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Wednesday 30th March 2016
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Yorkshire Meatball Co extends £100,000 crowdfunding campaign: Yorkshire Meatball Co has extended its £100,000 fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as it aims to roll-out franchised restaurants nationwide and launch branded reta … view
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Tuesday 29th March 2016
West Berkshire to launch £1.5m crowdfunding campaign for new brewery, visitor centre and first pub
West Berkshire to launch £1.5m crowdfunding campaign for new brewery, visitor centre and first pub: West Berkshire Brewery (WBB) is to launch a £1.5m fund-raise on crowdfunding campaign Seedrs to pave the way for a new brewery, visitor … view
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Tuesday 29th March 2016
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
BII partners Propel to launch training awards and conference: The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is to partner with Propel to relaunch the industry’s premier awards night for training achievement in the pub and restaurant sector, … view
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Thursday 24th March 2016
Update: Wahaca, PizzaExpress, Tim Martin, Greene King, TGI Friday's et al
Howard Schultz calls for civility and values-based leadership in US: Starbucks chairman and chief executive Howard Schultz has called for civility and values-based leadership in the US. At the end of the 2016 annual meeting of shareholder … view
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Thursday 24th March 2016
Adnams report profit rise
Adnams report profit rise: Suffolk brewer and retailer Adnams has reported turnover of £65,698,00 in the year to 31 December 2015, slightly down from £66,032,000 the year before. Profit before tax rose to £4,068,000 compared to £3,890 … view
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Thursday 24th March 2016
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Enterprise Inns plans 100 ‘managed expert’ pubs by 2020 with ten partners, eyes sale or listing of commercial property subsidiary: Enterprise Inns has told analysts it hopes to have 100 pubs run in partnership with “managed expert … view
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Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Laura Edwards to replace Nick Miller at helm of Meantime
Laura Edwards to replace Nick Miller at helm of Meantime: Laura Edwards has been appointed general manager of Meantime Brewing Company following Nick Miller’s decision to step down after five years at the helm, effective from 31 March. … view
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Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Luke Johnson – we’re making positive progress at Eclectic
Luke Johnson – we’re making positive progress at Eclectic: Eclectic Bar Group has reported a return to profit in the half year to 27 December 2015, with executive chairman Luke Johnson reporting ‘positive progress’ in a number of … view
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Wednesday 23rd March 2016
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Greene King Leisure Tracker – greater economic uncertainty and wet weather dampens leisure spend in February: Greater economic uncertainty and the wet weather is behind the drop in leisure spend in February, according to the latest Gree … view
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Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Greene King Leisure Tracker – greater economic uncertainty and wet weather dampens February spend
Greene King Leisure Tracker – greater economic uncertainty and wet weather dampens leisure spend in February: Greater economic uncertainty and the wet weather is behind the drop in leisure spend in February, according to the latest Gree … view
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Dardis to replace Goodyear as Young’s chief executive
Dardis to replace Goodyear as Young’s chief executive: The board of Young’s has reported Patrick Dardis, the company’s retail director, will succeed Stephen Goodyear as chief executive at the end of the company’s annual general meeting … view
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Laine aims for 20 pubs in new partnership with Enterprise
Laine Pub Company aim for 20 sites as part of Mash Inns partnership with Enterprise: London and Brighton based multiple operator and micro brewer The Laine Pub Company is to form a new joint venture “managed expert” partnership with E … view
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016
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Millennials continue to be most loyal customer group for restaurants and coffee shops but percentage falls, more prepared to share personal information: Millennials continue to be the most loyal customer group for restaurants and coffee s … view
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Millennials continue to be most loyal customer group for restaurants and coffee shops
Millennials continue to be most loyal customer group for restaurants and coffee shops but percentage falls, more prepared to share personal information: Millennials continue to be the most loyal customer group for restaurants and coffee s … view
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Monday 21st March 2016
London Cocktail Club abandons £750,000 crowdfunding campaign after outside investment interest
London Cocktail Club abandons £750,000 crowdfunding campaign after outside investment interest: The London Cocktail Club has abandoned its £750,000 fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube after receiving interest from outside investors … view
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Monday 21st March 2016
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TLC Inns plans to double size of Grand Central brand, eyes growth to 60 sites, in advanced talks over new facility: TLC Inns, the Essex-based operator of the four-strong Grand Central brand and four premium pubs, led by husband-and-wife t … view
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Friday 18th March 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: A city employing 350,000 hospitality staff, fixing the rent review, and more ill-informed meddling 
Authors: James Hacon, Anthony Alder, and Paul Chase

A city employing 350,000 hospitali … view

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Friday 18th March 2016
Whitbread to scrap Taybarns, London Fields hits market
Whitbread to scrap all-you-can-eat Taybarns brand: Whitbread is to scrap its all-you-can-eat buffet brand Taybarns and convert the existing sites to its new Brewers Fayre format. A Whitbread spokesman told The Shields Gazette: “Whitbrea … view
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Friday 18th March 2016
Update: Mike Tye, Starbucks, Enterprise Inns
Former Spirit boss Mike Tye joins Restaurant Group as non-executive director: The Restaurant Group has hired former Spirit Pub Company chief executive Mike Tye as a non-executive director and chairman of its remuneration committee. He joi … view
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Friday 18th March 2016
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Burger & Lobster set to expand to 25 restaurants by end of 2016: Burger & Lobster plans to add nine restaurants this year to have an estate of 25 sites by the end of 2016. The company currently has 12 sites in the UK, one in the US and th … view
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Thursday 17th March 2016
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Coffer Peach Tracker – pace of restaurant openings slows as growth flattens: Managed pub and restaurant groups saw sales growth flatten in February, reflecting a “growing sense in the market that 2016 will be a tougher year than last … view
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Thursday 17th March 2016
Coffer Peach Tracker – pace of restaurant openings slows as growth flattens
Coffer Peach Tracker – pace of restaurant openings slows as growth flattens: Managed pub and restaurant groups saw sales growth flatten in February, reflecting a “growing sense in the market that 2016 will be a tougher year than last … view
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Wednesday 16th March 2016
Draft House reports surge in turnover and Ebitda, outlines expansion strategy for outside London
Draft House reports surge in turnover and Ebitda, outlines expansion strategy for outside London: Draft House, the London craft beer operator led by Charlie McVeigh and backed by Luke Johnson, has reported a surge in turnover and Ebitda as it … view
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Wednesday 16th March 2016
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SIBA – brewing industry in confident mood as four out of five brewers predict turnover increase in 2016: The brewing industry is in confident mood with four out of five brewers expecting their turnover to increase in 2016. According to … view
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Tuesday 15th March 2016
BrewDog plans $50m US crowdfunding push
BrewDog plans $50m US crowdfunding push: BrewDog, which plans to open its US headquarters in Canal Winchester, Ohio, this summer, has filed papers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission showing it expects operations in the US to e … view
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Tuesday 15th March 2016
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Coffee shops lead rise in new store openings on the high street: Coffee shops led the rise in new store openings in British high streets last year, according to new research. Figures from PwC and the Local Data Company revealed in total t … view
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Monday 14th March 2016
NLW to ‘cost hospitality industry £372m’
NLW to ‘cost hospitality industry £372m’: Labour scheduling software provider Catton Hospitality has calculated the cost of the new National Living Wage (NLW) on the hospitality industry as £372m. Using its labour scheduling system, … view
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Monday 14th March 2016
Tossed goes cashless, plus New River, Fever-Tree
Tossed first to go cash-less: Healthy eating brand Tossed has become the first in the UK to stop accepting coins or notes and only take payments by credit or debit cards, or contactless methods such as Apple Pay. Two new outlets in centra … view
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Monday 14th March 2016
Propel Monday News Briefing
Busaba Eathai reports booming delivery revenue through Deliveroo: Busaba Eathai, the Thai chain founded by Alan Yau and led by chief executive Jason Myers, has reported it has grown delivery sales from virtually zero to “£3m a year and … view
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Monday 14th March 2016
Enterprise boosts estate with £11.5m investment, Greene King pledges 10,000 apprentices
Enterprise boosts pub estate with £11.5m investment: Enterprise Inns has invested more than £11.5m on upgrading its pub estate in the first few months of the company’s new financial year, with sites across the north of England receivi … view
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Sunday 13th March 2016
Wetherspoon: food, freeholds, coffee rating, hygiene, Ireland
Propel reports details provided by JD Wetherspoon to analysts at Friday’s results presentation:

Food sales and scrapping the Sunday roast: The company reported food sales have now risen to an average £14 … view
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Friday 11th March 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The sector comes of age, the evolving curry market, and questions I’ve been asked lately
Authors: Paul Charity, Glynn Davis, and Ann Elliott

The sector comes of age by Paul Charity

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Friday 11th March 2016
Wetherspoon results, Krispy Kreme float
Wetherspoon reports LfLs risen to 3.7% in most recent six weeks: JD Wetherspoon has reported sales up 6.2% to £790.3m in the 26 weeks ended 24 January 2016. Profit before tax was down 3.9% to £36m with like-for-like sales up by 2.9%. Li … view
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Friday 11th March 2016
Propel Friday News Briefing
Large Fourth survey shows sector already paying over 21s more than £7 per hour: A survey of thousands of venues by Fourth has found the National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour may not cost the industry as much as originally thought – th … view
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Friday 11th March 2016
Large Fourth survey shows sector already paying over 21s more than £7 per hour
Large Fourth survey shows sector already paying over 21s more than £7 per hour: A survey of thousands of venues by Fourth has found the National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour may not cost the industry as much as originally thought – the ave … view
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Thursday 10th March 2016
Analyst – The Restaurant Group needs bold approach
Analyst – The Restaurant Group needs bold approach: Leisure analyst Simon French, of Cenkos Securities, has advocated a bold approach at The Restaurant Group, including culling the tail of Frankie & Benny’s and improving food quality, to r … view
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Thursday 10th March 2016
Results: C&C Group, Eagle Eye
C&C Group – trade in Scotland has picked up: Drinks company C&C Group has reported that 2016 financial year operating profit is expected to be in the region of €103 million. The company stated: “Trading in the last quarter of the ye … view
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Thursday 10th March 2016
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Restaurant Group boss – ‘we’re prepared to sacrifice like-for-likes to grow bottom line’: The Restaurant Group chief executive Danny Breithaupt has told Propel the company is prepared to sacrifice like-for-like sales growth in ord … view
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Wednesday 9th March 2016
Restaurant Group reports sales up 7.9% as it passes 500 sites for first time, LfLs down 1.5% in first ten weeks
Restaurant Group reports sales up 7.9% as it passes 500 sites for first time, LfLs down 1.5% in first ten weeks: The Restaurant Group has reported sales rose 7.9% to £685m in the year to 27 December 2015. Ebitda was up 9.4% to £128.0m a … view
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Wednesday 9th March 2016
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Las Iguanas to restructure senior management team as chief financial officer steps down: Casual Dining Group brand Las Iguanas is to restructure its senior management team as it prepares for major expansion after revealing chief financial … view
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Wednesday 9th March 2016
Las Iguanas to restructure senior management team as chief financial officer steps down
Las Iguanas to restructure senior management team as chief financial officer steps down: Casual Dining Group brand Las Iguanas is to restructure its senior management team as it prepares for major expansion after revealing chief financial offi … view
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Tuesday 8th March 2016
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
AG&G – time for government to legislate for upward and downward rent review clauses: Anthony Alder, rent review specialist with agent AG&G, has argued it is time for government to legislate for upward and downward rent review clauses. A … view
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Monday 7th March 2016
Propel Monday News Briefing
Casual Dining Group plans 20 Ireland openings: Casual Dining Group, the owner of Café Rouge, Bella Italia and Las Iguanas, led by Steve Richards, is planning a major expansion into Ireland, with a target of as many as 20 openings within … view
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Friday 4th March 2016
Casual Dining Group set to deliver £50m Ebitda after transformational year
Casual Dining Group set to deliver £50m Ebitda after transformational year: Casual Dining Group (CDG), the operator of 302 mid-market restaurant sites, has reported it is set to deliver run-rate Ebitda of £50m by May 2016 after a transf … view
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Friday 4th March 2016
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Missing my booking time, Boris bashes bingers – part two, and the threat of Amazon
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, and Ann Elliott

Missing my booking time by Glynn Davis

Ever … view
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Friday 4th March 2016
Itsu launches new delivery app and service
Itsu launches new delivery app and service: Itsu, the healthy Asian food chain created by Pret A Manger co-founder Julian Metcalfe, has launched its new delivery app and service – Itsu [to you]. The service will initially be available in sou … view
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Friday 4th March 2016
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HVS – UK strongest driver as record €23.7bn spent on hotel purchases in Europe: The UK was the strongest driver as a record €23.7bn was spent on hotel purchases in Europe in 2015, an increase of 66% on the previous year. According t … view
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Thursday 3rd March 2016
Time Out plans global food market roll-out with hire of ex-Hakkasan executive
Time Out plans global food market roll-out with hire of ex-Hakkasan executive: Time Out Group, the brand that aims to “inspire and enable people to make the best of their city”, has hired Didier Souillat, former executive vice-preside … view
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Thursday 3rd March 2016
M&B reports Vintage Inns ‘pizza evolution’ in record time
M&B reports Vintage Inns ‘pizza evolution’ in record time: Mitchells & Butlers is over half way through a roll-out of a new menu concept for Vintage Inns that will see all of its 188 plus pub restaurants have stone-baked pizza ovens. … view
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Thursday 3rd March 2016
Results: Whitbread and Domino's UK
Whitbread reports like-for-like slowdown at Costa and Premier Inn: Whitbread has reported a slowdown in like-for-like sales growth at Costa and Premier Inn in the most recent 11 weeks to 11 February. Premier Inns sales grew 2.2% (4.4% for … view
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Thursday 3rd March 2016
Propel Thursday News Briefing
Douglas Jack – we’re expecting a weak trading update from JD Wetherspoon: Numis Securities leisure analyst Douglas Jack has forecast a weak trading update from JD Wetherspoon on Friday, 11 March. Issuing a ‘Reduce’ recommendation … view
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Wednesday 2nd March 2016
London Cocktail Club launches £750,000 crowdfunding drive as part of plans to treble estate in next three years
London Cocktail Club launches £750,000 crowdfunding drive as part of plans to treble estate in next three years: The London Cocktail Club has launched a £750,000 fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as part of plans to treble t … view
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Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Shepherd Neame reports managed sales up 6.5% in First Half
Shepherd Neame reports managed sales up 6.5% in First Half: Shepherd Neame, the Kent-based brewer and pub operator, has reported turnover increased by 0.3% to £73.7m (2014: £73.5m) with total own beer volumes excluding contract up 0.1% … view
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Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Yorkshire Meatball Co launches £100,000 crowdfunding drive for nationwide franchised restaurant roll-out: Yorkshire Meatball Co has launched a £100,000 fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to roll-out franchised restaurants nat … view
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Tuesday 1st March 2016
Caffe Nero reports 2.3% like-for-like growth, no corporation tax paid
Caffe Nero reports 2.3% like-for-like growth, no corporation tax paid: Caffe Nero has reported that it saw 2.3% like-for-like sales growth in the year to 31 May 2015. Sales grew 8.5% to £241.3m (2014: £222.4m). Gross profit increased 7% to … view
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Tuesday 1st March 2016
Results: Revolution, Just Eat, Greggs
Revolution reports like-for-likes up 2.7% in First Half: Revolution Bars Group has reported like-for-likes up 2.7% in the six months ended 31 December 2015. Revenue was £59.2m (FY15: £58.0m), an increase of 2.2%. Ebitda was £7.9m (FY15 … view
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Tuesday 1st March 2016
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Colliers – central London restaurants face soaring business rates next year following huge rent increases: Agent Colliers International has warned central London restaurants are facing soaring business rates next year because of huge re … view
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