PAUL

Paul UK eyes expansion opportunities

31 Jul 2014

Paul, the London-based French concept, has identified 100 locations across the UK, which could suit one of its three trading models

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BBC names eating-out brands with best and worst hygiene ratings

31 Jul 2014

Most major national eating-out brands were found to have none or very few sites with unsatisfactory levels of food hygiene, according to analyst of Food Standards Agency data examined by the BBC

Joe Teixiera Harry Ramsden's CEO

Harry Ramsden’s double franchise opening

31 Jul 2014

Harry Ramsden’s newest restaurants will open at opposite ends of the UK, at Worthing on the south coast and Larbert in Falkirk

Chipotle

Chipotle gives away 14,000 burritos

31 Jul 2014

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the Mexican restaurant group, is giving away 14,000 free burritos to visitors to its ‘hidden’ websites between 5 – 11 August

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Brand watch: Bella Italia

31 Jul 2014

M&C Report talks to Nick White, managing director of Tragus’ Bella Italia brand, at the latest Bella to receive investment at Reading’s Oracle centre.

Garden centre giant to roll out farm shop/restaurant concept

31 Jul 2014

Country Food & Dining, the farm shop-meets-restaurant and deli operator chaired by pub and brewing veteran David Bruce, is to be introduced into selected sites operated by Garden Centre Group, the UK’s largest chain of garden centres, M&C Report has learnt

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Beefeater remodel programme to be assessed

31 Jul 2014

Whitbread is to assess the impact of its remodelled Beefeater format at the end of its half year

Diageo

Diageo GB FY net sales grow 2%

31 Jul 2014

Baileys led the growth with sales up 8%, while Smirnoff saw net sales fall 3% despite growing its share of the vodka sector by volume

Bill's

Bill’s to open at Bluewater

31 Jul 2014

Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed chain, will open in Bluewater  later this year, after securing the Leon site at the scheme

Greggs shifts focus from city centres; increases healthy choices

31 Jul 2014

Greggs, the high street bakery chain, is looking away from city centre locations for new stores but sees scope for growth on high streets in the southeast and west of England

Inside Track

Burger and lobster

New world order

31 Jul 2014 | By Stefan Chomka

Forget the recent influx of US restaurant brands planting their flags on UK soil – the Brits are leading a global invasion all of their own

STK

You got that vibe?

28 Jul 2014

Consumer expectations in terms of value have never been higher, a great deal in part to the high levels of offer and service currently in play across the sector, but what can mark out that experience even further?

Brighton pier

Brighton: buying some cool

25 Jul 2014 | By Jessica Mason

Brighton has gone from a grubby seaside town to gaining an exclusive status that’s almost on a par with London. Jessica Mason looks at what makes this city tick and how to make a business succeed

Craft Beer Co

Honing his craft

18 Jul 2014 | By John Harrington

Craft Beer Co has grown to be a leading player in the craft beer bar scene in recent years. Managing director Martin Hayes discusses the past, present and future of the company, and offers his take on craft beer in general

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Little brother comes of age

16 Jul 2014

Just over a year on from joining YO! Sushi, the group’s new CEO Vanessa Hall talks to Mark Wingett about the brand, its people and the opportunities ahead

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