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Greene King gets Spirit bid extension

30 Oct 2014

Spirit Pub Company has announced that it remains in talks with Greene King regarding the terms of a possible offer for the company, but has agreed an extension for these discussions to continue to 4 November.

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Analyst corner: GK gets another five days

31 Oct 2014

Mark Brumby at Langton Capital looks at the current state of play in the approaches for Spirit and the extension of the put-up-or-shut-up deadline to 5pm 4 November

Cloverleaf founders to add fifth site to Touchwood venture

31 Oct 2014

Cloverleaf founders John Winder and Gary Douglas are “at an advanced stage” in acquiring a fifth site for their fledgling Touchwood Restaurants venture.

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​Pub value brands capturing ‘hard pressed family’ vote

31 Oct 2014

Spirit’s Flaming Grill and Fayre & Square concepts, plus Greene King’s Hungry Horse and Whitbread’s Brewer’s Fayre, all feature in the top 10 brands that are most exposed to the capturing custom from “hard pressed families

​Bel & The Dragon expansion continues

31 Oct 2014

Longshot plans to open its seventh site under its Bel & The Dragon vehicle next spring, as it gears up to appoint a new operations director

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Starbucks says strong UK performance drove 5% lfl sales growth in Q4

31 Oct 2014

Starbucks reported 5% like-for-like global sales with a “particularly strong performance in the UK” in Q4 2014.

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Square Pie seeks new MD

31 Oct 2014

Square Pie, the gourmet pie shop chain, is seeking a new managing director to oversee the restaurant side of its business


UK consumers most sceptical in the world

31 Oct 2014

Consumers in the UK are among the most sceptical in the world, making it more important than ever for brands remain authentic and transparen

Health charity calls on EU to introduce calorie labelling for alcohol

31 Oct 2014

The Royal Society for Public Health has called on the drinks industry and the newly appointed EU Health Commissioner to introduce calorie labelling for alcoholic drinks.

Barworks opens fourth 5cc cocktail bar

31 Oct 2014

London-based pub and bar operator Barworks has opened its fourth site under its 5cc cocktail brand.

Inside Track

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Habit forming

31 Oct 2014

As the UK economy continues to recover from the post-financial crisis recession, consumer confidence has picked up, supporting discretionary spending on leisure activities, including dining out, says Trefor Griffith of Grant Thornton. Alongside this cyclical trend, structural changes in consumers’ eating habits are also reshaping the bars, restaurants and casual dining industry and are driving sector transaction activity.

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The Renaissance Man

29 Oct 2014

Tim Hulme has had a big task on his hands turning around the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), but he’s adamant that progress has been made as he targets further reform and growth for the organisation. Hulme also has bold ambitions for the pub sector as a whole.

Domino's Pizza recruits ahead of World Cup

Boxing clever

27 Oct 2014

While C&C Group and Greene King hark back to the 1980s, we look at some issues taking up space on the sidelines, including the rise of new forms of consumer engagement, the continuing impressive progress of Fuller’s and whether anyone has the appetite for consolidation in the late night sector

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Confident Neame looks to the future

24 Oct 2014

Despite capital restructure in the summer and a number of changes at boadroom level, Shepherd Neame is confident the industry is back on its feet and thriving once again.

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Master of mavericks

23 Oct 2014

People with a thirst for change are the key for Carlsberg CEO James Lousada. Robyn Black finds out more.

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