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POWER LIST 2019, BUSINESS LEADERS: Richard Hodgson, CEO, YO!

YO! Sushi

Former Pizza Express boss Richard Hodgson brings considerable international restaurant and retail experience to his role and this nous has been invaluable as YO! has embarked on a significant period of expansion.

Following the acquisition of Bento Sushi in North America, Richard now leads a diversified group that boasts a multi-channel, multi-brand format.

Kitchen innovation has undoubtedly kept YO! at the forefront of the Japanese fast-casual market, with the company evolving the dynamics of its kitchens to support the growth of hot food, which now represents 50% of sales.

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To achieve this it has worked with suppliers to ensure the right ergonomics and equipment for each task. As a result, it has trialled and installed new kit such as self-filtering fryers, pasta boilers, gyoza steamers, rice cookers, nigiri machines and robata grills.

These enhancements have been central to supporting the roll-out of an additional 35 dishes over the past year.

Significantly, Richard has also overseen a change that nobody ever thought they would see after a couple of its stores became the first to operate without its iconic conveyor belt.

He describes the move – designed to highlight that it is no longer just a sushi concept – as “probably the biggest thing that’s happened to YO! since it was founded”.

Profile

Company: YO!
Address: 95 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3BT
Tel: 020 7841 0700
Twitter: @YOSushi
Website: www.yosushi.com
Focus: Sushi

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