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Two thirds of customers want nutritional information on menus

Two thirds of customers want nutritional information on menus

A survey has found that two thirds (67%) of eatery customers want nutritional information about every dish on the menu. The survey, from Fourth, of 1,500 participants also revealed that half of us start at least one healthy eating plan each year – lasting three and a half weeks on average. A third of consumers

Raymond Blanc

Brasserie Blanc targets hotel locations as part of new strategy

Brasserie Blanc, the French restaurant group led by acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc, will open its first hotel venue and 20th site in the Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth. The newest addition to the group’s portfolio will be located within the four-star Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel, overlooking Poole Bay. The announcement comes just six months after the latest


XU serves up debut Taiwanese restaurant and bar in Chinatown

Shaftesbury has announced that new Taiwanese restaurant and bar concept, XU, has opened its debut 2,479 sq ft restaurant in Chinatown London. Established by the founders of BAO in Soho and Fitzrovia and designed in collaboration with Brady Williams, the 74-cover restaurant at 30 Rupert Street is split over two levels and features an emerald

Kitchen waste

Green Kitchen Standard pushes sustainable approach to catering

The Soil Association Certification and the Carbon Trust have launched a new certification designed to promote sustainable catering. The Green Kitchen Standard is an award to recognise caterers that sustainably manage energy, water and waste in their operations, helping them to demonstrate a commitment to good environmental management. The certification requires caterers to engage with


Wagamama set for Milan debut launch

Noodle chain Wagamama is expanding its European presence with a new site in Italy. The chain is introducing a Milan location after having recently opened in Madrid, Bulgaria, and Bergamo in Italy, with three sites set to open in Madrid later this year. Wagamama, which operates 160 restaurants globally, including 120 in the UK, is

Antonio Carluccio, St Helen's Square, York

Carluccio’s turnover increase fails to translate to EBITDA

Carluccio’s has increased turnover in the UK by 2.7% to £140.9m in the year ending 26th September 2016. While Carluccio saw a growth in turnover, the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fell from £15m to £13.2m. The group currently operates 118 sites globally. The company, as reported by Propel Hospitality, stated: “Investment

Bella Italia

SPECIAL REPORT: Dealing with the biggest problems facing casual dining

Casual Dining Group’s non-executive chairman Martin Robinson is one of the most experienced leisure operators around, having led the buy-out of Center Parcs in the nineties and chaired the board of Wagamama. In a special Q&A session at the Casual Dining Show, he outlined how the owner of Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas

Alan Gordon

OPINION: The successful growth of independent eateries

The independents are En Marche! as the hospitality trade continues its own quiet revolution says principal commercial partner in the Glasgow North office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors Alan Gordon. It is not only Emmanuel Macron’s support which is En Marche! as he heads for the Élysée Palace. The resurgence among the independents who are revitalising


Target prize saves Westbury’s condemned kitchen

Westbury Village Hall has won over £900 worth of equipment funding from the Carbon Trust. With existing gas fired kitchen equipment having been condemned, the committee decided to invest in the latest energy efficient cooking technology by British manufacturers Target Catering Equipment. “The gas kitchen was struggling to cope with the growing demands of the

Aviary restaurant, ETM Group

Casual dining operators looking beyond ‘saturated’ London market

Casual dining operators recognise the “significant demand” for nationwide alternatives to fast food. According to new research from the NPD Group, a British consumer market research agency, casual dining visits over the year grew by 4.7% YE March 2017. The visits to casual dining establishments, including Yo Sushi, Zizzi and Carluccio’s, totalled 520 million, a