Posts Categorised: F&B

F&B has been a very dynamic space in recent years and Pragma has been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of exciting bar and restaurant propositions, giving us a unique insight into the market.
For this reason we have chosen this sector to be the second in our

Tom Holt shares his thoughts in The Grocer on how to expand internationally, using our client Pret A Manger as an example.
The Grocer – Lessons from Pret a Manger on expanding abroad – 03.03.16

Green is the new black

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  • F&B
  • Increasing consumer awareness of health and wellness has seen an explosion in the number of health food brands on offer to consumers – all hail skinny popcorn. Within this, has been a sub trend of brands focused on serving a rapidly emerging market for dairy and gluten free ranges, with Nielsen reporting double digit growth

    Eat. Drink. Watch.

    Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • F&B
  • 2015 looks to have been cinema’s Great Escape as the return of blockbuster franchises such as Bond, Jurassic Park and most recently Star Wars generated sales of 172 million cinema tickets. Given the decline in box office figures in previous years – 2014 fell 5% on the year before, an eight year low – this

    Meals on wheels

    Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • F&B
  • Multichannel
  • While in Dubai this month, I was struck by the endless streams of delivery bikes weaving precariously through the traffic, on honourable missions to deliver hot food to hungry customers. This reminded me of Michael Holmes’s (previous Tesco MD) words at an industry event this year questioning whether the rise of the delivery market was

    Bucks fizz

    Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • F&B
  • We know a flagship store when we see one, but its purpose is not always clear. Some are simply a sponge for marketing budgets, and are given a “free pass” from the typical ROI calculations that should inform the opening of any new retail point of sale. My recent trip to Seattle took me to

    Success and the City

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  • F&B
  • Drake & Morgan is now three months into having opened its eighth site, the Refinery Regent’s Place near Euston. On my recent visit, the venue was buzzing, getting a table was a challenge, and it was easy to see why: the space is airy and beautifully designed, the service is slick and attentive, and the

    Sign for your supper

    Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • F&B
  • Value
  • Subscription services have grown significantly in the last two years, facilitated by the increasing accessibility of technology, including big data analytics and cloud computing. This enables retailers to store more customer data than ever before, and perhaps most importantly, put this data to good use.
    Consumers, drawn in by convenience and the potential for cheaper

    Dark rate rising

    Author: Pragma / Categories:
  • F&B
  • Value
  • Talk of when interest rates will increase from their six year level of 0.5% is starting to gain more credence. Most commentators are predicting a rise towards the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016, with further increases leading to a potential rate of 2.5% by 2018.
    At this level, we estimate that £12bn of

    In the last year, we have had an increase in the number of requests from retailers and dining chains wanting to develop a clear strategy for their estates. This has included everything from nascent businesses looking to expand for the first time, to established domestic chains looking to enter new markets, as well as large