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Greene King confirms approach for Spirit

23 Sep 2014

Greene King has confirmed that it has approached the board of Spirit Pub Company about a potential “combination” of the two groups

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Pret, Sticks n Sushi and Fat Duck among 'coolest' brands

23 Sep 2014

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger, Danish restaurant group Sticks n Sushi and Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant in Bray have been voted the “coolest” brands in their particular categories

Spirit: Greene King offer 'undervalued' the company

23 Sep 2014

Spirit Pub Company has said Greene King’s 100p-per-share offer for the firm “undervalued” the group, with Spirit’s board saying it “remains fully confident in the ongoing execution of Spirit’s strategy as an independent company”

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BrewDog unveils hotdog concept, reveals new sites

23 Sep 2014

The upcoming BrewDog bar opening in Islington will be called Dog Eat Dog, a new concept focused on hotdogs and craft beer

More ex-Marston's pub properties to house Co-ops

23 Sep 2014

NewRiver Retail, the specialist REIT focused on the UK food and value retail sector that bought 202 Marston’s pubs last November, has agreed to lease 63 new convenience stores from land on its pub portfolio for conversion to Co-op sites

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Operators make new salt reduction pledges

23 Sep 2014

JD Wetherspoon, Strada, Jamie’s Italian and Pret A Manger are among the operators from the eating and drinking out sector that have committed to new pledges around salt reduction

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Marston’s opens 100th new build

23 Sep 2014

Marston’s, the brewer and pub operator, has opened its 100th new build pub in Dumfries, Scotland, under its Milestone Rotisserie brand as part of its UK-wide plan to open 30 new build pubs each year

BCI shareholders approve on-line trading move

23 Sep 2014

Shareholders of British Country Inns (BCI) have voted in favour of proposals to place the shares on the on-line trading platform Asset Match

Pepe’s Piri Piri builds pipeline

23 Sep 2014

Pepe’s Piri Piri, the takeaway chicken operator with c30 sites across the country, has continued to grow its pipeline with a further five units secured over the past month or so, M&C Report has learnt

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C&B builds new menu around Facebook feedback

23 Sep 2014

Chef & Brewer, Spirit’s pub restaurant brand, is including dishes on its new menu that were voted for by Facebook fans

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Brewer troops colour of change

23 Sep 2014

Frederic Robinsons famously tied up a deal with rock band Iron Maiden last year, and that energy to do something a little out of the ordinary is still prevalent in its bid to make major changes to its tenanted estate. John Harrington finds out more

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Restaurants find the Tweet spot

22 Sep 2014

In the first of a new monthly content series, M&C Report takes a look at the social media activities of the leading pub, restaurant and food-to-go brands. James Hacon starts with Twitter, and the three brands making the biggest hashtag splash

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Digging Gold in the Far East

19 Sep 2014

As UK-based restaurant operators look to grow their overseas footprints, Graham Campbell, head of restaurants at Fleurets, argues that while the UK market has probably not yet reached saturation, it’s becoming increasingly mature and the scope for major growth is limited. He argues: “It is a problem that more and more will need to confront and address if they are to continue to drive profit for their predominantly private equity owners.”

The food delivery revolution

19 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

Co-founder of high-quality food delivery firm Deliveroo, William Shu, talks to M&C Report editor Mark Wingett about why London residents need a speedy service that offers great meals to their door

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I’ll have five on it

18 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

It’s little more than a year since it arrived in the UK, but US burger phenomenon Five Guys is on the cusp of becoming a national player. Mark Wingett talks to UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel Khan about the past year, expansion plans and the paradox at the heart of its success

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