Stephen Billingham of Punch Taverns

Punch restructure 'entering final stages'

17 Sep 2014

Punch Taverns has entered the “final stages” of its restructure process, with noteholders this afternoon joining the shareholders in approving the proposals, which are now expected to be implemented on 13 October

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Kevin Georgel

Admiral targets food growth at ex-Heineken pubs

17 Sep 2014

Admiral Taverns expects to add a food offer to “the vast majority” of the 111 pubs it is to buy from Heineken, c80% of which currently serve no or hardly any food, M&C Report has learnt

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Punch shareholders agree to restructure

17 Sep 2014

Punch Taverns’ restructure process has passed another hurdle today, with shareholders agreeing to the proposals at a general meeting

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Sustainable cafe accreditation scheme set to launch

17 Sep 2014

Costa and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) are to launch a scheme that accredits cafes for their approach to sustainability

Stonegate rewards loyal students

17 Sep 2014

Stonegate Pub Company has launched a student loyalty card that offers rewards for money spent on food and drink across its pubs

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Alcohol sales fall but value holds as customers ‘trade up’

17 Sep 2014 | By James Wallin

Total alcohol sales fell by 3% in the last year but value remained flat as customers drank less but increasingly opted for premium products, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association


​Pinto Mexican targets expansion

17 Sep 2014

Pinto Mexican, the Glasgow-based fast casual Mexican concept, is looking to grow from three to 11 sites over the next two years to firm up market share as rival burrito chains look to enter Scotland, M&C Report has learnt

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​Five Guys close to further flagship site

17 Sep 2014

Five Guys, the popular US burger chain, is believed to be close to securing a further site in central London, near Oxford Street, M&C Report has learnt

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Service influences reviews more than food

17 Sep 2014

Diners are more likely to complain about service than food when leaving a review on social media or a restaurant rating website, according to data compiled by Open Table which found that people share more stories of good service than good food


Lobbying saved pub sector £120m in H1

17 Sep 2014

Government lobbying saved the pub industry £120m in the first six months of 2014, according to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

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​​Risking it regionally

15 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

The race for operators to spread out of London and the south-east is well and truly on. Does that run the risk of regional property bubbles being formed during the next 12 to 18 months?


Proper food that’s going places

12 Sep 2014

Chop’d was founded in 2004 on the principles of offering busy people the choice of healthy food on the go. Ten years and nine stores later, Ruth Williams finds co-founder and chief executive Eddie Holmes is preparing to roll-out three formats of the store that embody those principles

Simon Mullins of Salt Yard

The enlightened restaurateur

12 Sep 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

Simon Mullins is not only passionate about food and drink, he also has a passion for the people who work for him. The Salt Yard Group boss opens up to Mel Flaherty

Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon

Martin hits out at corporate governance

12 Sep 2014

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has criticised bad paractice in corporate governance in an article alongside the company’s full-year results announcement

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Tipping point on pay

08 Sep 2014 | By Dominic Rushe

When New York’s restaurant staff took to the streets two years ago they were voiceless workers hoping to get heard. Now they have grown into a movement at a tipping point that will have a profound impact on the hospitality industry and its workers

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