Author Archives: Joe Peskett

Soho Coffee Co. store 1

Uniform kitchen set-up and specialist equipment powers for coffee chain’s growth

Uniform kitchen set-up and specialist equipment powers for coffee chain’s growth

There are few sectors in the foodservice industry as competitive as the coffee shop segment. On average there are 24 new sites opening every week and there are expected to be around 30,000 outlets operating by 2025. Nevertheless, the market is set to hit £4.3 billion in five years and the opportunities for new businesses

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons says it must be disciplined in its UK expansion

Tim Hortons, the popular Canadian coffee chain which recently opened its first UK site in Glasgow, has said that it will need to work through a number of challenges before it publically launches any large-scale opening campaign. The brand, which has around 4,500 sites worldwide, is conscious that it must test the UK market and tweak

Horizons predicts foodservice trends for 2016

Fast food group has its eyes on $1bn Pret takeover, report says

A Filipino fast food group is reportedly plotting a takeover bid worth around £740m for 444-strong upmarket sandwich chain Pret A Manger. Jollibee, a popular fast food chain with a network of 2,700 outlets, has held talks with an advisor regarding an offer for Pret, according to a Reuters report which cited unidentified sources. The

The Ned

Tricon plays key role in kitchen strategy as The Ned comes into fruition

Foodservice consultancy Tricon has capped off three years of work at the already famous Ned hotel in London where it was instrumental in developing a kitchen strategy which allows for effective and discrete food distribution around the listed building.      Tricon worked closely with both architects and engineers to achieve a workable solution, in conjunction

Tortilla Camden

Tortilla wraps up 34th restaurant opening with three more yet to come

Tortilla, a Californian burrito and taco restaurant brand, opened its 34th restaurant last week in Dalston, just three months after launching a site in Kingston Upon Thames. The growing fast-casual concept, which is designed to be a healthier alternative to Mexican fast-food, also proclaimed that it will open three more stores before the end of 2018. The

The Cinnamon Club

Restructuring at Cinnamon Collection sees star chef take on kitchen training role

The Cinnamon Collection of restaurants has announced a number of key promotions prior to its scheduled opening of two new sites later this year. The group, whose portfolio includes iconic The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Bazaar from award-winning chef Vivek Singh, has made five promotions among its team members. With two

Alston Bar & Beef

Montague ovens to help Scottish steak concept venture south

A Glasgow-based steak restaurant is opening its second UK site this year in Manchester and its kitchen operations will be spearheaded by a high-spec Montague oven which it will use to bring its unique food offering to English customers. Alston Bar & Beef will be the first venue in Manchester to offer Tweed Valley steak

Leon

Major reshuffle at Leon as co-founder leaves and chain eyes global expansion

There are inklings of a major reshuffle at board-level for healthy fast food chain Leon as several of its directors, including one of its founding fathers departed earlier this month and two new directors were brought in – one from the private equity group which recently bought a major stake in the business. Co-founder Henry

FoodStars kitchen 1

‘Commercial kitchen for rent’ service expands to four sites

Commercial kitchen space provider, FoodStars, will soon open its fourth site – a 20,000 square foot facility in Shoreditch near east London’s Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market – as demand for its services soar. The flagship site is the latest fully-fitted kitchen space the company offers, adding to its sites in Vauxhall, Bethnal Green and Bermondsey. The

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