Author Archives: Andrew Seymour

TRG blames weather for dip in sales but sticks to its guns over strategy

TRG blames weather for dip in sales but sticks to its guns over strategy

The Restaurant Group this morning said it was “comfortable” with its performance in the first 20 weeks of the current financial year despite a 4% decline in like-for-like sales as the Beast from the East blunted trading. The company claimed its strategic initiatives are driving improved performance in its Leisure business, but admitted conditions remain

McDonald’s board faces pressure over the 95 million straws its restaurants distribute every day

McDonald’s shareholders will use tomorrow’s AGM to demand the fast food giant rethinks its policy of distributing plastic straws globally following its decision to phase them out in the UK. FEJ has learned that Dr. Elaine Leung, a marine biologist, intends to present a resolution requesting the company issues a report to shareholders on the

FEJ AWARDS PARTNER INTERVIEW: Panasonic changes the game for commercial microwave applications

A century after the company was founded, Panasonic is still continuing to innovate in the markets it is present and nowhere is that more evident than in the commercial microwave segment. And as Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager at Panasonic UK reveals, its latest offering in the cooking space is its most groundbreaking yet.

Restaurant chains fight to keep hold of West End sites bucking trading trend

One of the most influential landlords in London’s West End insists that restaurants and cafes are seeing ‘healthy trading’ as ‘exceptional’ footfall continues to shelter operators from the tough economic conditions experienced elsewhere. Property owner Shaftesbury is the largest single provider of dining and leisure space in the West End, counting some 283 restaurants, cafés

Middleby shakes up equipment market with billion dollar play for Taylor

The Middleby Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Taylor Company for $1 billion (£745m), in what is one of the largest mergers that the catering equipment sector has seen for some years. Taylor is best known as one of the world’s largest suppliers of soft serve and ice cream dispensing equipment

Uber Eats will route orders directly to kitchens after acquiring online ordering firm

Uber Eats has tied up a deal to acquire OrderTalk, a leading provider of online ordering software, in a move aimed at slashing the amount of errors that are made when orders are passed through to the kitchen. Dallas-based OrderTalk processes more than $1 billion (£740m) a year in digital ordering across 5,500 sites in

FEJ AWARDS PARTNER INTERVIEW: Ceda flies the flag for kitchen design, installation and service

With a membership base featuring the most experienced and proficient kitchen providers in the UK, trade association Ceda has taken some massive steps to ensure its partners are the go-to source for operators that require a solution to any design, project or equipment challenge they face, as director general, Adam Mason, explains. Ceda has gone

Welbilt takes watershed step towards the connected kitchen era

Welbilt has given its clearest indication yet of the direction it sees commercial kitchens heading by debuting a suite of digital services that will essentially allows chefs to manage their equipment from a single dashboard in future. The company has been giving global customers a glimpse of its ‘KitchenConnect’ platform at this week’s National Restaurant

UCC hails expanded coffee machine service package after £1.3m HQ refurb

UCC Coffee claims it is better equipped to maintain its coffee equipment estate across the UK following a £1.3m refurb of its Milton Keynes headquarters. The investment gives its greater capacity to remotely diagnose issues, carry out preventative maintenance and push the latest telemetry solutions. The company, which turns over £100m and employs 500 staff

BREAKING NEWS: Deliveroo creates £5m innovation fund and plans huge roll-out of ‘super kitchens’

Deliveroo is setting up a new £5m ‘innovation fund’ to invest in new chefs and restaurant concepts as part of a growth strategy underpinned by the ramping up of its so-called delivery-only super kitchens. The move will see the company expand its programme of ‘Editions’ kitchens, providing an unrivalled operational platform for developing new concepts