Posts Categorised: F&B

Given the challenges of the UK casual dining market, many are understandably setting their sights on the opportunity for international expansion as a growth strategy.
Several British F&B operators are succeeding internationally. In the US, smaller businesses such as Leon and Hawksmoor have opened sites recently, and larger chains such as Wagamama are becoming well

Food for thought

Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • F&B
  • Those of you who have seen our articles this month, will have read how restaurateurs and outlet operators can pep up their propositions through ‘add-ons’ like click and collect and Instagram-ready makeovers.
    These worthy initiatives, embracing consumer digital engagement, are sure to grow and evolve in the sector in the coming years. However, we’d like

    Screen time

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  • F&B
  • Tabletop tablets are becoming a common sight at casual dining restaurants, but do they contribute to happier customers and higher spending?
    Recent research by Cornell University has shown that the introduction of tabletop tech at “full-service casual dining chains” increases average spend by £2.60 per person with some companies reporting a 20% increase in both

    Box clever

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  • There has been a significant recent growth in the meal kit delivery market, but who is using them, and is this growth sustainable?
    Familiar names in the U.K are Hello Fresh and Gousto, but many more are now entering the market. They have become popular for many reasons, among them: meeting consumer demand for convenience, customisation, healthier eating

    Picture this

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  • F&B
  • Instagram and other social media platforms are changing eating out. A restaurant’s aesthetic appeal used to be secondary in importance behind food quality; now, the photogenic necessity of both interior design and food presentation are at the forefront of new restaurateurs’ minds.
    With customers sharing pictures on Instagram, mid-market restaurants can now better compete with

    Right click

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  • Is Click & Collect a remedy for the beleaguered restaurant market?
    An established model in retail, Click & Collect is increasingly being deployed by restaurants. NPD Group found that this channel grew 16.1% from June 2016 to June 2018, compared to 8.9% for delivery.
    In our recent white paper, we explored the rise of delivery. Click

    Liquid assets

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  • F&B
  • Is liquid nitrogen ice cream the next big thing or just another food fad?
    Made famous by Heston Blumenthal’s molecular gastronomy, global awareness of the high-tech concept is building and new concepts are starting to roll out. In the USA, SubZero has scaled their offering with over 50 branches. Other operators have set up in

    Food for thought

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  • F&B
  • Major art galleries and museums are offering increasingly innovative dining options, benefiting both the destination and the consumer.
    It seems that food-for-fuel no longer cuts the mustard for those enjoying a cultural outing. What used to be the domain of essential subsistence, standard catering and secondary spend, is now about creating compelling collaborations, driving footfall

    Come dine with me

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  • Airports
  • F&B
  • Dining at airports is now an essential part of the airport experience and no longer just for the reluctant, hungry traveller.
    Improved choice, quality and service in airport dining has been a small but significant part of the overall growth in the UK F&B market that has seen a CAGR of 2.1% since 2010, making

    A moveable feast

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  • F&B
  • In a corner of Elephant and Castle you can now find a slice of Italy: Mercato Metropolitano, a devotedly Italian street food market which is building on the success of similar markets in Turin and Milan.
    Food markets have added theatre to the dining scene, combining an enticing variety of cuisines with craft beer tents