Jonathan Neame

Shepherd Neame managed lfls up 6.8% for H1

04 Mar 2015

Shepherd Neame, the Kent-based brewer and pub operator, has recorded managed house like-for-like sales up 6.8% for the 26 weeks to 27 December 2014.

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Punch Taverns announces new CEO

03 Mar 2015

Punch Taverns has appointed Duncan Garrood, current president of food at international franchise operator MH Alshaya, as its new chief executive.

Casual Dining Group

Tragus enters new era as Casual Dining Group

03 Mar 2015

Tragus is set to enter a new era under the name the Casual Dining Group (CDG), which will see it open 70 restaurants over the next few years

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Wagamama launches payment app

04 Mar 2015

Wagamama has partnered with MasterCard to launch a new payment app

Burger and grill concept eyes UK wide expansion

04 Mar 2015

A new burger and grill concept called Smoky Boys is being launched in Watford in early May as the first restaurant that will be the model for the brand to be rolled out across Surrey, Kent, Sussex and Essex

Pull’d seeks investment to grow estate

04 Mar 2015

Australian inspired slow cooked meat concept Pull’d has launched a pitch with crowdfunding site CrowdCube to raise £100k to grow the brand and open five London restaurants in the next five years with plans to expand further after that

Bibigo sets out UK expansion plans

04 Mar 2015

Bibigo, the Korean fast food concept, owned by CJ Corp, one of South Korea’s largest food manufacturers, plans to open four more sites in London

Jack: Pressure still on JDW over margins

04 Mar 2015

Leading analyst Douglas Jack, of Numis, has said he is cutting his price target for JD Wetherspoon as there are still no signs of margins stabilising in the current financial year.

Levant sets out 2015 plans

04 Mar 2015

The Levant Restaurants Group, the Tony Kitoys-led company, plans to open three sites this year, under its Lebanese restaurant concept Comptoir Libanais

Punch shares up on CEO appointment

04 Mar 2015

Shares in Punch Taverns rose 5p (5.73%) to close yesterday at 92.25p on the back of the appointment of the company’s new chief executive

Inside Track

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

Taking the hassle out of eating out

23 Feb 2015

Eating out is a real social experience. It’s about being with people, whether they are family, friends or colleagues - you visit a restaurant or pub to be with people you actually want or need to spend time with. The best experience delivers so much more than food. Hopefully, the food is the highpoint of the experience

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