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Friday 30th August 2019
Exclusive: Coffeesmiths Collective acquires Taylor St Baristas UK and US, eyes expansion
Exclusive – Coffeesmiths Collective acquires Taylor St Baristas UK and US, eyes expansion: Coffeesmiths Collective, the Toby Smith-led business that runs various coffee chains including the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (DoCaSA) an … view
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Friday 30th August 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Wine appreciation, improving customer experience from within, delivering effective learning with different approaches, F&B and the Fringe Festival, and catering for more than just millennials
Authors: Glynn Davis, K … view
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Friday 30th August 2019
Costa Coffee launches ‘commuter focused’ store concept
Costa Coffee launches ‘commuter focused’ store concept: Costa Coffee, owned by Coca-Cola, has launched a new “commuter focused” store concept, in London. The debut site has opened at Lewisham station – one of eight new mini-format st … view
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Friday 30th August 2019
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Chick-fil-A to take significant step towards UK launch: Chick-fil-A, the largest chicken, and the third largest US fast food restaurant chain, is looking to take a significant step towards launching in the UK, with the opening of a one-ye … view
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Thursday 29th August 2019
Propel Thursday News Briefing
PizzaExpress Future Express programme ‘exceeding expectations’: Zoe Bowley, managing director of PizzaExpress, has told Propel the performance of the initial group of restaurants it has refurbished under its “Future Express” progr … view
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Wednesday 28th August 2019
PizzaExpress reports UK like-for-likes ‘largely flat’ in first half, group Ebitda down 7.7%
PizzaExpress reports UK like-for-likes ‘largely flat’ in first half, group Ebitda down 7.7%: PizzaExpress has reported a “resilient performance” in the UK and Ireland for the 26 weeks ending 30 June 2019, while its international busine … view
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Wednesday 28th August 2019
Update: Loungers Full Year results, Fulham Short AGM and vegan meals
Loungers reports like-for-like sales up 6.9% in Full Year: Loungers has reported sales rose 26.4% to £153m and like-for-like sales rose 6.9% in the 52 weeks ended 21 April 2019. Adjusted Ebitda was up 23.7% to £20.6m (2018: £16.6m). Ad … view
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Wednesday 28th August 2019
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YO! to extend Tesco partnership to further 40 stores: YO!, the global multi-brand, multi-channel Japanese food group, is to extend its YO! To Go trial with Tesco, after a successful two-store pilot. Propel understands the Richard Ho … view
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Tuesday 27th August 2019
Robin Rowland to step down from YO! board to focus on portfolio of retail hospitality interests
Robin Rowland to step down from YO! board to focus on portfolio of retail hospitality interests: Global multi-brand, multi-channel Japanese food group YO! has announced Robin Rowland has decided to step down as a non-executive director of the … view
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Tuesday 27th August 2019
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Center Parcs claims concept has ‘never been more relevant’ as it reports turnover and profit boost: Center Parcs, which offers 4,300 units of accommodation across five sites in the UK, has reported turnover and profit increased in the … view
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Saturday 24th August 2019
Deep Blue takes over Harry Ramsden estate, number of London pubs stabilises
Deep Blue takes over Harry Ramsden estate: Deep Blue Restaurants has acquired fellow fish and chip brand Harry Ramsden from Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG). The transaction sees Deep Blue take over the entire estate of the 90-year-old Harry Ram … view
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Friday 23rd August 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Happy family meals, proposed health taxes aren’t so sweet, and end the gravy train
Authors: Glynn Davis, Steve Perez and Paul Chase 

Happy family meals by Glynn Davisview

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Friday 23rd August 2019
Jason Cotta hired as new chief executive of Ole & Steen
Jason Cotta hired as new chief executive of Ole & Steen: Jason Cotta has been hired as the new chief executive of Ole & Steen (Lagkagehuset in Denmark), as from Monday (26 August). He has broad experience of driving growth in the sector, most … view
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Friday 23rd August 2019
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Bird secures new backing as part of a pre-pack administration: Bird, the fried chicken & waffles chain, has sold a majority stake to the Crown Partnership, as part of a pre-pack administration. As part of the deal, the group's Shoreditch … view
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Thursday 22nd August 2019
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Marco Pierre White brands Jamie Oliver ‘delusional’ for blaming restaurant company collapse on Brexit: Marco Pierre White has criticised Jamie Oliver for claiming Brexit was to blame for the collapse of his restaurant company and sugg … view
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Wednesday 21st August 2019
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Casual Dining Group enhances staff rewards: Casual Dining Group (CDG) has rolled out a suite of financial services for employees including on-demand pay across all its brands. The company stated: “The move demonstrates the company’s c … view
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Tuesday 20th August 2019
Hong Kong-based property developer agrees cash offer for Greene King that values group at £4.6bn
Hong Kong-based property developer agrees cash offer for Greene King that values group at £4.6bn: CK Asset Holdings, a Hong Kong-based property developer, has agreed a cash offer for Greene King that values the pub group at £4.6bn. CK Asset … view
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Tuesday 20th August 2019
The Greene King takeover – Propel insights editor Mark Wingett gives his view
At the end of December 2015, Greene King reported that it was shipping 50,000 cases of India pale ale to China following a surge in demand after President Xi Jinping drank a pint of the beer with the then Prime Minister David Cameron on his stat … view
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Tuesday 20th August 2019
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Goodbody – Greene King acquisition an attractive multiple for shareholders, M&B our top pick: Leisure analysts at broker Goodbody have said the proposed acquisition by Hong Kong-based property developer CK Asset Holdings (CKA) of G … view
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Monday 19th August 2019
CH&CO buys Mitie’s Gather & Gather business for up to £85m
CH&CO buys Mitie’s Gather & Gather business for up to £85m: Mitie Group has entered into an agreement to sell its Gather & Gather catering and hospitality business for a consideration of up to £85 million in cash (on a debt-free, cash-free … view
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Monday 19th August 2019
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CGA and AlixPartners survey shows sixth consecutive quarterly drop in UK restaurant numbers: UK restaurant numbers have fallen for the sixth quarter in a row, the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners has reve … view
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Monday 19th August 2019
CGA and AlixPartners survey shows sixth consecutive quarterly drop in UK restaurant numbers
CGA and AlixPartners survey shows sixth consecutive quarterly drop in UK restaurant numbers: UK restaurant numbers have fallen for the sixth quarter in a row, the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners has revealed. … view
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Friday 16th August 2019
Red Oak Taverns completes acquisition of 18-pub portfolio from Wadworth, plans £1m investment
Red Oak Taverns completes acquisition of 18-pub portfolio from Wadworth, plans £1m investment: Red Oak Taverns has completed the acquisition of an 18-strong package of leased and tenanted pubs from Devizes-based brewer and retailer Wadwo … view
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Friday 16th August 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Growing pains, F&B strategy, and Generation Alpha won’t stomach a lie 
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Helenor Gilmour
 

Growing pains by Glynn Davis 

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Friday 16th August 2019
Jamie Barber buys back Cabana’s London estate through Hush vehicle
Jamie Barber buys back Cabana’s London estate through Hush vehicle: Jamie Barber has acquired the five-strong London estate of Cabana, the Brazilian barbecue group he founded with David Ponte, through his Hush vehicle. Cabana was placed on t … view
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Friday 16th August 2019
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YO! returning to Dublin with new Kitchen concept: Global multi-brand, multi-channel Japanese food group YO! is returning to Dublin, where it will open a second site for its non-belt, full-service restaurant concept YO! Kitchen. The first … view
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Thursday 15th August 2019
PAUL UK reports sales and like-for-like boost
PAUL UK reports sales and like-for-like boost: PAUL UK, the 37-strong French bakery and cafe brand, has reported like-for-like sales rose 3.4% (2017: 2.4%) for the year ended 31 December 2018, with turnover up 7.4% to £38m. Online sales … view
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Thursday 15th August 2019
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Bruce Pubs withdraws bonds from NEX Exchange: Bruce Pubs, a subsidiary of Scottish pub operator Bruce Group Scotland, has decided to withdraw the company’s bonds from trading on the NEX Exchange. The withdrawal date will be Friday, 6 Se … view
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Wednesday 14th August 2019
Adnams report First Half dip in turnover, losses up
Adnams report First Half dip in turnover, losses up: Suffolk brewer and retailer Adnams has reported half year losses to 30 June rose to £783,000 from £557,000 in the year before. Turnover dipped to £34.7m from £35.5m for the comparab … view
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Wednesday 14th August 2019
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Two high-profile Newcastle venues bought out of administration in pre-pack deal: Two high-profile Newcastle venues have been bought out of administration in a pre-pack deal. Administrators were called in to Fat Buddha and Antler – both … view
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Tuesday 13th August 2019
NPD – travel hub market to see explosive growth
NPD – travel hub market to see explosive growth: Global information company The NPD Group has forecast Britain’s travel hubs – airports, motorway service stations, train stations and petrol forecourts – now represent a distinct fo … view
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Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Dishoom has paid £15.5m in dividends since 2017: Indian restaurant Dishoom has paid £8m in dividends to shareholders in the most recent 18 months – the most recent £5m was paid at the end of May 2019. The dividend payments follow a p … view
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Monday 12th August 2019
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Sector like-for-likes up 1.2% in July but restaurant groups see more closures than openings: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 1.2% in July against the same time last year, according to … view
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Monday 12th August 2019
Sector like-for-likes up 1.2% in July but restaurant groups see more closures than openings
Sector like-for-likes up 1.2% in July but restaurant groups see more closures than openings: Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 1.2% in July against the same time last year, according to the l … view
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Friday 9th August 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Why the smaller companies are more successful, the importance of change, an open letter to John Timothy of Portman Group and what the dine-in sector can learn from the Just Eat merger
Authors: Alastair Scott, Steve … view
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Friday 9th August 2019
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The Alchemist reports turnover passes £40m, receiving landlord approaches as it builds pipeline: The Alchemist, the 16-strong Simon Potts-led bar and restaurant concept, has reported turnover increased 19% to £41,031,836 for the year en … view
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Thursday 8th August 2019
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Deliveroo launches rescue team to keep struggling restaurants trading: Deliveroo has set up a new team that will focus on identifying restaurants in need of support – offering them a place in a local Editions delivery-only kitchen in or … view
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Thursday 8th August 2019
Deliveroo launches rescue team to keep struggling restaurants trading
Deliveroo launches rescue team to keep struggling restaurants trading: Deliveroo has set up a new team that will focus on identifying restaurants in need of support – offering them a place in a local Editions delivery-only kitchen in order t … view
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Wednesday 7th August 2019
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Greene King paid Rooney Anand £850,000 to secure new settlement terms over departure due to 'inadequate’ contract: Brewer and retailer Greene King paid former chief executive Rooney Anand £850,000 in order to secure new settlement ter … view
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Tuesday 6th August 2019
Exclusive: Wrapchic acquired out of administration
Exclusive – Wrapchic acquired out of administration: Fusion fast-food business Wrapchic has been acquired out of administration, after running into issues with some of its franchisees, Propel has learned. Nichola Cusack and Rishi Karia, of P … view
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Tuesday 6th August 2019
Domino’s UK reports like-for-like sales up 3.9%, CEO David Wild to retire
Domino’s UK reports like-for-like sales up 3.9%, CEO David Wild to retire: Domino’s Pizza UK has reported system sales rose 4.7% to £645.8m in the 26 weeks ended 30 June, with like-for-like sales in the UK up 3.9%. Underlying profit befor … view
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Tuesday 6th August 2019
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Byron set to begin repositioning of brand with new logo launch: Byron, the better burger business led by Simon Wilkinson, is set to begin the repositioning of the brand, with the launch of its new log … view
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Monday 5th August 2019
Boxpark unveils two new concepts and plans to expand nationwide
Boxpark unveils two new concepts and plans to expand nationwide: Boxpark has unveiled plans to expand nationwide with a further ten sites over the next five years. The expansion will also see the launch of two new concepts – BoxOffice a … view
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Monday 5th August 2019
Easyhotel board recommends 95p a share offer valuing shares at £138.7m
Easyhotel board recommends 95p a share offer valuing shares at £138.7m: The board of Easyhotel have recommended a 95p a share cash offer for the business from Cadim Fonds, part of Ivanhoé Cambridge and Icamap Investments. The offer repr … view
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Monday 5th August 2019
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Giggling Squid ends sales process, Kossoff to step down as chair: Giggling Squid, the 32-strong Thai restaurant brand founded by Andy and Pranee Laurillard that was placed on the market earlier this year, is no longer in discussions regar … view
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Friday 2nd August 2019
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Time to ditch rental principles, veganism – a nationwide movement, consumers’ growing thirst for alcohol information and every detail matters
Authors: Glynn Davis, Loui Blake, Adam Jones and Ann Elliott
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Friday 2nd August 2019
Goals Soccer Centres finds “improper behaviour” within the company since 2010, no longer expects to resume AIM trading
Goals Soccer Centres finds “improper behaviour” within the company since 2010, no longer expects to resume AIM trading: Goals Soccer Centres has told the Stock Market this morning that it has been the subject of “improper behaviour … view
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Friday 2nd August 2019
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Yum! Brands reports KFC UK sales up 17% in second quarter following last year's delivery saga: Yum! Brands has reported KFC system sales in the UK rose 19% for the second quarter ended 30 June 2019, compared with the previous year when it … view
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Thursday 1st August 2019
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Just Eat trials dynamic pricing in three UK cities: Just Eat, the market place for takeaway food delivery, been trialling dynamic pricing in three UK cities as it looks to better to understand the relationship between delivery fee pricing … view
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