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MCA is the new incarnation of a business created by the merger between two of the leading specialist information providers serving the eating and drinking out market, M&C Report and Allegra Foodservice. This unique combination of expert intelligence now provides comprehensive daily news coverage, together with essential analysis, market data, insight and trends.

In a marketplace that is constantly changing, the need for reliable information and data to help executives make informed business decisions is critical. To meet this need MCA provides trusted, independent analysis and insight on the branded UK eating and drinking out market.  MCA covers the complete breadth of the UK foodservice market, including fast food, branded restaurants, coffee bars, sandwich shops, supermarket and department store cafes, travel, leisure, workplace, hotels and fine dining, as well as the on trade licensed sector, including pubs, clubs and bars.

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Electric plans £1.5m for former O2 Academy

Electric Group, the nightclub and live music venue operator backed by family that own River Island, has secured the former O2 Newcastle Academy, with plans for a UK-wide expansion drive.


City Pub Group: ‘We are back on the acquisition trail’

The group is open to repurposing venues as part of its plans to break the 100-site mark, with several new locations in the pipeline, including a cider brew pub in Bath.


CGA: ‘Pubs have been remarkably quick to adapt’

Nearly a year of annual sales has been lost from the market announced Karl Chessell at MCA’s Pub Conference. “The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped just over £100bn off hospitality’s sales in 15 months to Q2 2021.”


Inception Group: ‘We need to give people a reason to leave their sofas’

Late night venues are increasingly competing with the entertainment people can enjoy from the comfort of their sofas, so they need to offer an experience that cannot be replicated at home, Charlie Gilkes, co-founder of Inception Group has told MCA’s Pub Conference.


M&B reports ‘volatile but strengthening trade’

Mitchells & Butlers has reported like-for-like sales were 97% of pre-Covid levels, in the 18 weeks since 17 May, with the most recent eight weeks up to 104%.


City Pub Group trading on ‘upward trajectory’

The Clive Watson-led group has added the Grade II listed Cliftonville Hotel in Cromer, Norfolk, to its portolio, for £1.7m.


Government strikes CO2 deal to avoid food industry crisis

Production will restart at one of Britain’s biggest cardon dioxide producing plants after a deal was struck with government in order to avoid a food industry crisis.


Nightclub definition will capture swatches of Scottish late-night venues

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s definition of a nightclub, in relation to the introduction of vaccine passports, will capture swatches of Scotland’s nighttime economy, UKHospitality Scotland has claimed.


Ten Entertainment sees most successful trading period in history

Ten Entertainment Group has said it has experienced like-for-like sales growth of 42% in the 11 weeks since 27 June, with footfall growth resulting in the group’s most successful trading period in its history.


Food supply will be ‘severely impacted’

The government has about “10 days” to sort out the CO2 shortage crisis, with one week before poultry stunning starts to stop, Ian Wright, of the Food and Drink Federation has warned.

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