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‘Dark kitchens won’t work’ but Deliveroo could launch as its own operator, warns Pho MD

‘Dark kitchens won’t work’ but Deliveroo could launch as its own operator, warns Pho MD

The ‘dark kitchen’ concept trialled by foodservice delivery company Deliveroo is flawed and is not sustainable, but the firm and others like it may start appearing on the market as operators. That’s the claim being made by the boss of Vietnamese cuisine specialist Pho, who warned that conventional foodservice operators are facing growing pressures from

PizzaExpress and CDG execs to share restaurant transformation secrets

Organisers of the Casual Dining Show have unveiled more new speakers for 2018, including MDs and senior directors from PizzaExpress, Mitchells & Butlers, Casual Dining Group, Loungers and Pho. The event, which returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 21-22 February next year, will now see keynotes from Susan Chappell, divisional director, exec

Azzurri, Prezzo and CDG tipped to lead market consolidation

Overseas investors could be tempted to dip their toe into the UK foodservice market over the next six to 12 months, while the country’s biggest chains may look upon acquisition as their quickest route to growth, analysts have suggested. Despite challenging market conditions, continued private equity interest in “differentiated, scalable concepts” is expected to attract

Friska unveils plans for location expansion project

The co-founder of Bristol-based fresh fast-food restaurant chain Friska has revealed his plans for targeting new sites after securing funds. Friska co-founder Griff Holland is hoping to launch venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Reading and Cardiff after securing £3m in private equity funding, Friska told Insider. Last week it was revealed that YFM Equity Partners had invested £3m

Private equity firm snaps up top catering provider

Midmarket private equity firm Livingbridge has acquired foodservice operator rhubarb, the first investment from its new £660m fund. Originally established in 1996 as an events business, rhubarb expanded its activities in 2003 to include the operation of lease and concession contracts at iconic, high footfall locations, initially by providing high-end catering at Ascot Racecourse. Today,

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