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Friday 30th June 2017
Update: Brewers' £50m crowdfunding bonanza, TGI Friday's to open 80th UK site
UK craft beer fans invest almost £50m in brewers through crowdfunding: UK craft beer fans have invested almost £50m in brewers through crowdfunding sites, new research has revealed, with the number of individual investors totalling more … view
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Friday 30th June 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Saving the workday lunch, at war with the modern world and turning feelings of ambivalence in your product or service into love
Authors: Glynn Davis, Paul Chase, and Chris Edger and Tony Hughes 

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Friday 30th June 2017
Update: Jamie Rollo on Greene King, Starbucks tax bill
Jamie Rollo – Greene King running hard to stand still, ten questions: Morgan Stanley leisure analyst Jamie Rollo has said Greene King is running hard to stand still following its full-year results and included ten question he thinks inv … view
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Friday 30th June 2017
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UK restaurant owners missing out on average £45,000 a year in R&D tax relief: Three in five UK restaurant and gastro-pub owners who change menus regularly and experiment with new dishes have never heard of research and development (R&D) … view
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Thursday 29th June 2017
Luke Johnson-backed Draft House agrees Grand Union pubs takeover
Luke Johnson-backed Draft House agrees Grand Union pubs takeover: Draft House, the London-based craft beer operator led by Charlie McVeigh and backed by Luke Johnson, has agreed to acquire the Grand Union chain of bars, which serial inves … view
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Thursday 29th June 2017
Update: Greene King results, Booker/Tesco merger, Vianet trading
Greene King reports record results: Greene King has reported managed like-for-like sales were up 1.5% for its full financial year, ahead of the market, driven by a good Christmas, a stronger fourth quarter and a strong performance from Gr … view
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Thursday 29th June 2017
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JKS Restaurants sells 50% share in Bao, reduces interest in Lyle’s: JKS Restaurants Holdings, owned by the Sethi family and whose venues include the Michelin-starred Gymkhana in Mayfair, has sold 50% of its interest in Taiwanese restaur … view
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Wednesday 28th June 2017
PizzaExpress reveals expansion slowdown and menu simplification
PizzaExpress reveals expansion slowdown and menu simplification: PizzaExpress, which is owned by Hony Capital, has revealed it has decided to moderate its pace of expansion in the UK and Ireland as it focuses on generating like-for-like g … view
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Wednesday 28th June 2017
PizzaExpress’ owner to launch Chinese brand in UK
PizzaExpress’ owner to launch Chinese brand in UK: PizzaExpress’ owner Hony Capital is to bring its Chinese brand Beijing Hehegu to the UK. Hony Capital, which is one of China’s biggest private equity firms, said it aims to boost it … view
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Wednesday 28th June 2017
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US-based International House of Pancakes on hunt for franchisees as it looks to enter UK market: US-based fast-casual restaurant brand International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is on the hunt for franchisees as it looks to enter the UK marke … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
Foodservice inflation hits 9% in May, highest level in nearly nine years
Foodservice inflation hits 9% in May, highest level in nearly nine years: Inflation in wholesale foodservice prices hit 9% in May – the highest level in nearly nine years, the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index has revealed. The rat … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
Starbucks UK expands pioneering housing employee benefit scheme
Starbucks UK expands pioneering housing employee benefit scheme: Starbucks UK is expanding the reach of its pioneering housing employee benefit scheme. The company is now making the Home Sweet Loan rental deposit scheme available to UK em … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
Update: Heineken/Punch deal, Debenhams food
Heineken offers to sell pubs to address competition concerns about Punch takeover: Heineken has offered to sell pubs in a bid to address competition concerns about its takeover of a tranche of Punch sites. The Competition and Markets Auth … view
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Tuesday 27th June 2017
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Tombo co-founder – ‘We’re looking to more than double estate in next three years and strengthen wholesale division by supplying more restaurants’: Louis Sloley, co-founder of London-based Japanese food and tea specialist Tombo, ha … view
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Monday 26th June 2017
Wagamama reports UK like-for-likes up 8.2%, sites average £40,600 a week each
Wagamama reports UK like-for-likes up 8.2%, sites average £40,600 a week each: Wagamama has reported UK like-for-like sales increased 8.2% for the year ending 23 April 2017. Group turnover increased 15.8% to £266.1m primarily due to the cont … view
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Monday 26th June 2017
Update: Escape Hunt, restaurant opportunity, Pret, Domino's and London hotel market
Peel Hunt issues 'Buy' note on Escape Hunt: Leisure analysts at Peel Hunt have issued a ‘Buy’ note on escape room company Escape Hunt. The broker stated: “Escape games provide a real-world entertainment experience unlike any other. … view
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Monday 26th June 2017
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Hospitality HR startup Inploi raises £500,000 investment to ‘solidify position’: London-based hospitality HR startup Inploi, whose clients include Fortnum & Mason and natural fast food brand Leon, has raised £500,000 of investment t … view
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Friday 23rd June 2017
Unsecured creditors of Burger King franchisees set for £20m hit
Unsecured creditors of Burger King franchisees set for £20m hit: Unsecured creditors of two Ipswich-headquartered companies that together operate more than 30 Burger King outlets across the UK are likely to face a shortfall of almost £2 … view
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Friday 23rd June 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Attracting younger consumers to alcohol in a more adult way, how operators can avoid making Orderella’s mistakes and how networking can really benefit women in the sector
Authors: Glynn Davis, Mat Sloan and Ann El … view
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Friday 23rd June 2017
ALMR – PM’s immigration announcement provides stability for hospitality
ALMR – PM’s immigration announcement provides stability for hospitality: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed Theresa May’s statement in Brussels, in which she set out her plans for migration upon Brexi … view
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Friday 23rd June 2017
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Boost Juice Bars reports turnover rises 16% to £11m: Cheshire-based Boost Juice Bars, which is backed by the Business Growth Fund (BGF) and also operates The Shake Lab, has reported turnover increased 16% to £11,068,097 for the year end … view
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Thursday 22nd June 2017
Orderella goes into administration after £2m of losses, assets sold for £19,000
Orderella goes into administration after £2m of losses, assets sold for £19,000: Orderella, the mobile ordering app that allows customers to order and pay for drinks and food using their mobile phone, has gone into administration after losse … view
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Thursday 22nd June 2017
Update: Carluccio’s ends US foray, Bitters ‘n’ Twisted results
Carluccio’s quits US market: Carluccio’s has closed its two locations in Greater Washington, calling an end to its plans to expand in the US. “After a careful review of our US performance we have decided to close our two restaurants … view
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Thursday 22nd June 2017
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UK restaurant owners pump in more than £200m to keep businesses afloat: UK restaurant owners pumped in more than £200m of their own money last year to keep their business afloat, new research from Funding Options has shown. The alternat … view
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Wednesday 21st June 2017
British foodservice market shows signs of slowdown
British foodservice market shows signs of slowdown: The British out-of-home foodservice market has slowed since the June 2016 Brexit referendum result, according to new research by insights firm NPD Group. While visits after the referendum (te … view
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Wednesday 21st June 2017
Whitbread reports like-for-likes up 2.9%, Easyhotel agrees first leased site
Whitbread reports like-for-likes up 2.9%: Whitbread has reported like-for-like sales were up 2.9% in the 13 weeks to 1 June with total sales up 7.6%. Premier Inn like-for-likes rose 4.7% with total sales up 9.2%, restaurant like-for-likes … view
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Wednesday 21st June 2017
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Trade-off between time and quality looms large for McDonald’s as roll-out of fresh burgers begins: The trade-off between time and quality is looming large for McDonald’s as it begins to roll-out its fresh burgers. The introduction of … view
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Tuesday 20th June 2017
Anglian Country Inns secures first outside investment to acquire eighth site
Anglian Country Inns secures first outside investment to acquire eighth site: Anglian Country Inns (ACI), the award-winning operator of gastro-pubs and restaurants led by James Nye, has brought in outside investment for the first time as it ac … view
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Tuesday 20th June 2017
Everards updates on business plans, focus on pub estate with smaller brewing operation
Everards updates on business plans, focus on pub estate with smaller brewing operation: Leicestershire-based brewer and retailer Everards, led by Stephen Gould, has updated on its business plans as it focuses on its growing pub estate wit … view
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Tuesday 20th June 2017
Update: Brighton Pier Group, Great Portland Estate, Marston’s
Anne Martin becomes chief executive of Brighton Pier Group: Brighton Pier Group has appointed Anne Martin in a newly created role as chief executive officer of the company, with effect from the start of the new financial year, 26 June 201 … view
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Tuesday 20th June 2017
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Two-thirds of consumers want nutritional information on the menu: Two-thirds of consumers (67%) want to know the nutritional information of every dish on the menu when they eat out, according to a new survey by Fourth, the global so … view
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Monday 19th June 2017
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Greene King in zero waste to landfill by 2020 pledge: Brewer and retailer Greene King has set a target of zero waste sent to landfill by 2020, the “first pledge of its kind in the UK’s pub industry”. The declaration follows the laun … view
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Monday 19th June 2017
Greene King in zero waste to landfill by 2020 pledge
Greene King in zero waste to landfill by 2020 pledge: Brewer and retailer Greene King has set a target of zero waste sent to landfill by 2020, the “first pledge of its kind in the UK’s pub industry”. The declaration follows the launch of … view
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Friday 16th June 2017
Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn
Amazon to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn: Amazon is to buy Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at about $13.7bn, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt. “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market be … view
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Friday 16th June 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Ei Group and the shifting pub environment, IKEA’s growing food sales, a future-forward industry and beyond parody
Authors: James Armitage, Glynn Davis, Cat Jennings and Paul Chase

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Friday 16th June 2017
Sky pegs price increase at 5%, commits to lowest RV values
Sky pegs price increase at 5%, commits to lowest RV values: Sky will increase its prices for on-trade customers by a maximum of 5%, but will apply this to lower rateable values (RV) when calculating bills for the next 12 months. The move … view
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Friday 16th June 2017
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Late-night leisure spend increases 6.3%, pubs remain most popular destination: Late-night leisure consumer spend was up 6.3%, or £3.30, to £55.56 between February and April compared with the previous quarter, according to the latest Del … view
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Friday 16th June 2017
Late-night leisure spend increases 6.3%, pubs remain most popular destination
Late-night leisure spend increases 6.3%, pubs remain most popular destination: Late-night leisure consumer spend was up 6.3%, or £3.30, to £55.56 between February and April compared with the previous quarter, according to the latest Deltic N … view
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Thursday 15th June 2017
Update: NewRiver, CAMRA, Majestic Wne
NewRiver to raise £200m: NewRiver REIT, the convenience-led UK retail and leisure property specialist which owns 344 pubs, is to raise at least £133 million through the issue of new shares by way of a firm placing and additional gross p … view
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Thursday 15th June 2017
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Sector like-for-likes fall 0.4% in May, restaurants outperform pubs: Britain’s managed pubs and restaurants saw collective like-for-like sales fall 0.4% in May compared with last year, the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker has showed … view
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Thursday 15th June 2017
Sector like-for-likes fall 0.4% in May, restaurants outperform pubs
Sector like-for-likes fall 0.4% in May, restaurants outperform pubs: Britain’s managed pubs and restaurants saw collective like-for-like sales fall 0.4% in May compared with last year, the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker has showed … view
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Wednesday 14th June 2017
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Craft beer bar and wholesaler The Bottle Shop extends £350,000 crowdfunding campaign: Craft beer bar and wholesaler The Bottle Shop has extended its £350,000 crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube as it looks to double its retail estate as … view
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Tuesday 13th June 2017
BII reveals 2017 Licensee of the Year winner
BII reveals 2017 Licensee of the Year winner: Mark Higgs, a Hook Norton Brewery tenant who runs The Castle in the village of Edgehill in Warwickshire, has won the 2017 British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Licensee of the Year award. The accol … view
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Tuesday 13th June 2017
Managed restaurant brands grow as sector costs mount, CMA raises concerns over Punch/Heineken deal
Managed restaurant brands grow as sector costs mount: Rising input costs are putting the brakes on pub and restaurant openings – but many managed and branded casual dining operators are continuing to expand, the latest Market Growth Mon … view
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Tuesday 13th June 2017
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SIBA highlights important role independent craft brewers play in UK communities: Independent craft brewers are playing an important role in communities across the UK – creating jobs and opening brewery taps to help fill the void left by … view
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Tuesday 13th June 2017
SIBA highlights important role independent craft brewers play in UK communities
SIBA highlights important role independent craft brewers play in UK communities: Independent craft brewers are playing an important role in communities across the UK – creating jobs and opening brewery taps to help fill the void left by the … view
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Monday 12th June 2017
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Coffee shop operators ‘missing vital food sales opportunities’: Coffee shop operators are missing vital food sales opportunities as more than two-thirds of consumers buy food regularly from outlets, according to a new industry report … view
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Friday 9th June 2017
Former Bill's MD to lead Polpo, Giggling Squid appoints new FD
Polpo appoints new managing director: London-based restaurant company Polpo has appointed Scott Macdonald as managing director. Macdonald, who joins the team later this month, was previously managing director of Bill’s Restaurants. He l … view
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Friday 9th June 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Generating awe by building great teams, digital reshaping the foodservice landscape, food policy matters and the supplier market place
Authors: David Singleton, Glynn Davis, David Read and Ann Elliott
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Friday 9th June 2017
Loungers restructures management for next stage of growth
Loungers restructures management for next stage of growth: Cafe brand Loungers has restructured its management line-up as it gets ready for its next stage of growth. Justin Carter has been appointed to the newly created role of Lounge managing … view
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Friday 9th June 2017
Fuller’s reports Ebitda up 8% as turnover nears £400m
Fuller’s reports Ebitda up 8% as turnover nears £400m: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s has reported turnover rose 12% to £392m in the year to 1 April 2017 compared with £350.5m the previous year. Ebitda rose 8% to £70.5m from £65m … view
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Friday 9th June 2017
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Industry unites to help terror attack victims: The hospitality industry is pulling together to raise funds for the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks. Brewer and retailer Greene King is among companies pledging support fo … view
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Thursday 8th June 2017
Out-of-home foodservice market hit by stalling business confidence, We Are Bar Group appoints new CEO
Out-of-home foodservice market hit by stalling business confidence: Mounting worries over rising costs have depressed confidence levels among the leaders of Britain’s eating and drinking out market, according to latest CGA Peach researc … view
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Thursday 8th June 2017
Jamie Rollo – ‘Costa Coffee is not underperforming compared with its peers’
Jamie Rollo – ‘Costa Coffee is not underperforming compared with its peers’: Morgan Stanley leisure analyst Jamie Rollo has argued Whitbread-owned Costa Coffee is not underperforming compared with its peers. Rollo said: “We often … view
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Thursday 8th June 2017
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Angela Hartnett to promote rising stars of street food at London Food Month’s Night Market: Angela Hartnett, one of the leading lights of Michelin fine dining, will promote the rising stars of street food during London Food Month’s Ni … view
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Wednesday 7th June 2017
Fourth – average hourly sector pay is now £8.12
Fourth – average hourly sector pay is now £8.12: Fourth, the global software provider for the leisure and hospitality industries, has revealed the hourly pay of workers in the UK hospitality industry continues to outstrip the National Livin … view
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Wednesday 7th June 2017
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Thwaites evolves by making investments in larger managed pubs, absorbs ‘significant’ NLW costs: North west brewer and retailer Daniel Thwaites has said it has evolved its business in the year to 31 March 2017 by making investments in … view
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Tuesday 6th June 2017
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Cruise ship entertainment agency to launch first restaurant venture: Cruise ship entertainment agency Peel Entertainment Group is to launch its first restaurant venture. The company is investing £2.2m to open a bar and restaurant in Skip … view
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Monday 5th June 2017
Comptoir reports more difficult trading
Comptoir reports more difficult trading: Comptoir Group, which currently operates 23 restaurants, ten of which opened in the last eight months, and two franchise locations, has reported, overall, the past two months have seen a continuati … view
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Monday 5th June 2017
Update: Deltic results, Domino’s Eurasia float and Whitbread
Deltic reports £8.1m investment as turnover hits £102m: The Deltic Group the UK’s largest operator of premium late night bars and clubs with 57 venues across the UK, has reported plans to invest £8.1 million in its estate this year. … view
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Monday 5th June 2017
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Stonegate pub portfolio sells for £23m: A package of 13 freehold pubs operated by Stonegate Pub Company has been sold off-market by Aprirose Real Estate Investors, through Coffer Corporate Leisure, in an off-market deal, for £23m. The p … view
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Monday 5th June 2017
Stonegate pub portfolio sells for £23m
Stonegate pub portfolio sells for £23m: A package of 13 freehold pubs operated by Stonegate Pub Company has been sold off-market by Aprirose Real Estate Investors, through Coffer Corporate Leisure, in an off-market deal, for £23m. The p … view
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Friday 2nd June 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Supporting the industry regardless of who’s in Number 10, the alcohol harm paradox, the blurring of the work and social space, and profiting through better beer quality
Authors: Kate Nicholls, Paul Chase, Glynn Da … view
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Friday 2nd June 2017
Update: Fuller’s and Revolution Bars Group
Analyst Douglas Jack increases price target for Fuller’s: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has increased his share price target for Fuller’s ahead of the company’s results next week. He said: “On 9 June, we will receive the … view
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Friday 2nd June 2017
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Pub meal sales increase 14% to reach £7.4bn, outstrips alcohol growth: Pub meal sales are plating up success for the industry having grown 14% between 2012 and 2016 to reach £7.4bn, according to new research by Mintel. In the same perio … view
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Friday 2nd June 2017
Pub meal sales increase 14% to reach £7.4bn, outstrips alcohol growth
Pub meal sales increase 14% to reach £7.4bn, outstrips alcohol growth: Pub meal sales are plating up success for the industry having grown 14% between 2012 and 2016 to reach £7.4bn, according to new research by Mintel. In the same perio … view
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Thursday 1st June 2017
Update: C&C Group promotion, tied pubs
C&C Group promotes Andrea Pozzi to chief operating officer: C&C Group, the manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded cider, beer, wine and soft drinks, has appointed Andrea Pozzi to the group’s board of directors and as group ch … view
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Thursday 1st June 2017
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Peyton & Byrne unsecured creditors to receive 3p in the pound: Unsecured creditors in contract caterer and cafe operator Peyton & Byrne, which went into administration last year, are set to receive 3p in the pound, new documents have reve … view
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