House of Lords calls on Government to introduce minimum pricing

06 Mar 2015

The House of Lords has recommended tighter regulation on the consumption of alcohol, including introducing minimum unit pricing, a variable tax rate in line with alcoholic strength and mandatory rules on alcohol labelling.

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Leon strengthens management team

06 Mar 2015

Leon has strengthened its management team with the appointment of former Wagamama executive Anthony Perring as its first chief financial officer


McDonald’s planning its first global app

06 Mar 2015

McDonald’s has said it expects to launch a smartphone app this summer as part of an effort to catch up with competitors on the digital front

Valentina secures investment for next stage of growth

06 Mar 2015

Valentina, the Italian delicatessen, restaurant and shop concept, has secured investment to accelerate its opening rate over the next five years, founder Bruno Zoccola told M&C Report

Probe launched into use of online review sites

06 Mar 2015 | By Ellie Bothwell

A Government watchdog has launched a review into the impact of online review websites such as TripAdvisor.

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ALMR forms partnership with Westminster council

06 Mar 2015

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailer has partnered with Westminster City Council to provide advice on food policy to its members.

Premier League cracks down on illegal broadcasts in Scottish pubs

06 Mar 2015 | By Mike Berry

The Premier League has commenced legal action against a number of Scottish pubs which have made unauthorised foreign broadcasts of its matches.

Luminar signs up comedy clubs

06 Mar 2015

Nightclub operator Luminar has signed partnerships with two comedy clubs.

Soba to cross the border

06 Mar 2015

Soba Bar & Kitchen, the Glasgow-based pan-Asian street food-influenced concept, is set to make its debut in England later this month in Leeds

St Austell hits brewing milestone

06 Mar 2015

St Austell, the Cornish brewer and pub operator, has produced 100,000 brewers’ barrels – 28.8m pints – of its own brand beers in a single year for the first time.

Inside Track

The Montagu Arms

A Mighty fine concept

06 Mar 2015

With final clarity on the market rent only option in the pubs code still to be achieved, Punch Taverns is trialling formats as it looks to become more involved in the running of its c4,000 sites. Mark Wingett takes a look at what is already being achieved via its wet-led community pub concept Mighty Local.

Comptoir Libanais

The Arabian knight

04 Mar 2015

Comptoir Libanais founder Tony Kitous is on a mission to bring Lebanese food to the high street and believes that the shawarma has what it takes to one day oust the burrito and the burger

Breakfast Slug

Expect a turbulent but tremendous year

02 Mar 2015

The results of Allegra Foodservice’s Top of Mind survey of senior industry executives has revealed the key challenges for the eating and drinking out sector in 2015, from ensuring breakfast opportunities are maximised to meeting the increasing demands of customers. Simon Stenning, executive director of Allegra Foodservice, reveals some of the key findings from the research.

Worst-case scenario guidebook

27 Feb 2015

When an unbranded pub-restaurant was at the centre of a food-poisoning outbreak in which 30 customers were taken ill, and one sadly died, the words “there but” and “for the grace of God” would have been front of mind for many pub and restaurant group CEOs, says Mark Stretton.

Fuller's CEO Simon Emeny

The unceasing journey

27 Feb 2015 | By Mike Berry

Fuller’s may be defined by its beers, but it is its food that is increasingly attracting customers to its pubs and spurring the company to set the pace for change in an industry that is currently shaking off the shackles of financial stagnation

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