Posts Categorised: F&B

Liquid assets

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Meal ticket

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  • 2016 saw change in the dining habits of those living and working in our capital. The launch of UberEATS and Amazon restaurants, alongside continued expansion of Deliveroo and EatFirst, means hungry consumers increasingly have access to whatever they want, whenever they want it. We continue to watch with interest this year, as a new dynamic enters the

    With the London food and beverage market notoriously crowded and regional expansion already well underway for many chains, operators are increasingly looking further afield for their next phase of growth. With Pret A Manger’s international success story rolling on, Itsu raising £40m for its international plans, Wagamama signing the lease on its second New York

    Higher grounds

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  • The independent coffee shop had its obituary written when Starbucks and Costa started to expand across the UK in the late 90s. However, in recent years we have seen the hunted become hunters with the emergence of a new stronger independent sector, now challenging the bigger brands for market share.
    The number of coffee outlets

    Chips with everything

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  • Restaurants have led the way in embracing new technology. But what is the best technology to use? And do all technological advances actually improve the dining experience?
    In a recent survey by Boost Capital, over half of diners said that technology is important when choosing a restaurant. Digital vouchers, booking online, apps, online reviews, contactless

    Drink up

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  • The UK pub sector is a dynamic space, but it requires some untangling to make sense of the mixed bag of success and failure we have seen of late.
    Over the past two years, the value of the market has grown impressively (up nearly 12%), despite a slowdown in overall consumer spending and a continuing

    Taking a stake in restaurants

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  • Investment funds and restaurant chains have recently enjoyed a fruitful relationship. Casual dining brands, in particular, been drawn to private equity’s attractive combination of a cash generative business model and capability for fast-paced expansion. In Pragma’s recent F&B whitepaper, of the 10 most frequently visited restaurants in the UK, 7 are PE owned.
    BC Partners’