Peach Report


New openings round-up
17 December, 2014

Wagamama is to open at Gatwick airport next summer. Other brands with opening plans this week include Leon, Cote, Paul, Prezzo, Brunning & Price, Handmade Burger Co, Wetherspoon, Loungers and Nando’s.

CGA Peach's 2015 events programme announced

CGA Peach has announced the initial dates for its 2015 programme of market-leading network events - including the return of US guru Jim Sullivan to London in May and confirmation of its flagship CGA Peach 2020 conference and awards dinner in November.

New Peach Report magazine OUT NOW

The new issue of Peach Report magazine will hit desks this week, featuring full coverage of the Peach2020 conference and all the winners at this year's Hero & Icon awards. Plus a profile on Leon and a special focus on loyalty. If you are not already, become a subscriber today.
Hero & Icon Awards 2014

Peach 2020 music quiz winners
12 December, 2014

A challenge was thrown down to the audience at this year’s Peach Hero & Icon Awards to name all the music intros for each of our award winners. We had three winners: Marcel Khan of Five Guys, Kate Nicholls of the ALMR and Mark McCulloch of We are Spectacular!.

New openings round-up
11 December, 2014

The Tasty group’s Wildwood brand has taken a unit near the Derry’s Cross shopping centre in Plymouth. Other brands in another busy week of openings news include Loungers, Mitchells & Butlers, TGI Friday’s, Pizza Express, Marston’s, Bill’s, Shake Shack and ASK Italian.

Premier Inn and Costa drive Whitbread growth
11 December, 2015

Whitbread reported like-for-like sales grew 6.0% in the 13 weeks to 27 November, driven mainly by Premier Inn with a 8.5% LFL uplift. Costa was up 5.2% and Restaurants ahead 1.6%. The group also announced that Patrick Dempsey, md of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants, will step down in February to be succeeded by Paul Flaum, currently head of Whitbread Restaurants.

Pub and restaurant groups see November like-for-likes grow 3.4%
11 December, 2015

Pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 3.4% in November, against the same month last year. Latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker also showed that London remains more buoyant than the rest of the country with like-for-like sales up 6.1%, compared to 2.4% outside the M25.

New openings round-up
4 December, 2014

CAU is opening in Wilmslow in February as it steps up its pace of expansion. It has taken on a unit previously occupied by Strada. There is more opening news this week from brands including Las Iguanas, Tortilla, GBK, Le Bistrot Pierre, Nando’s, Five Guys, Prezzo and many more.

‘A business on the front foot’—CGA Peach 2020
19 November, 2014

Confidence in the eating and drinking out markets has been justified - but the economy is not out of the woods yet, CGA Peach’s sell-out 2020 Conference heard last week.

New openings: Benitos Hat, Las Iguanas, Ask, Byron, Cabana, Cote, Fridays, Ceviche, Prezzo, ETM and more
27 November, 2014

Mexican brand Benito’s Hat has lined up two openings for early next year: Liverpool Street station in January and Bromley in February. In another bumper week of opening plans, there is news of restaurants for Las Iguanas, Ask Italian, Byron, Cabana, Cote, Fridays, Ceviche, Prezzo and many more.

Tim Martin and Andy Bassadone become CGA Peach Icons
19 November, 2014

JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin and Andy Bassadone of Strada, Côte and now Bill’s are the latest inductions to CGA Peach’s hall of fame after picking up Icon Awards at its annual ceremony on Tuesday.

New openings round-up
20 November, 2014

Comptoir Libanais, the ETM group’s Botanist, Hakkasan’s Yauatcha, Aubaine and Shoryu Ramen have signed up for the Broadgate Circle development in the City, due to launch in the spring. Meanwhile, Pizza Express, Nando’s, Bella Italia, Loungers and Starbucks have all confirmed for a new leisure complex in Loughborough, according to local media reports

Julian Metcalfe: ‘I learned the hard way’—CGA Peach 2020
19 November, 2014

Great businesses learn from their mistakes and play to their strengths, Pret a Manger and Itsu founder Julian Metcalfe said in an entertaining and warmly received session at CGA Peach’s 2020 Conference on Tuesday.

CGA Peach salutes industry Heroes
19 November, 2014

Eleven top brands in the out-of-home eating and drinking space and one of its leading exponents were honoured at the 2014 Hero & Icon Awards in London on Tuesday night (18 November).

Sustainable Restaurant Association gets CGA Peach Special Award
19 November, 2014

The Sustainable Restaurant Association has been honoured for its transformational work on responsible practices in the eating and drinking sector with the Special Award at this year’s Hero & Icon Awards from CGA Peach.

‘Complacency is our biggest enemy’—CGA Peach 2020
19 November, 2014

Eating and drinking out operators need to keep invigorating their offers, and street food provides the inspiration they need. That was the view of Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers at the CGA Peach 2020 Conference on Tuesday (18 November).

Property taxing growing brands—CGA Peach 2020
19 November, 2014

Big UK brands are primed for speedy growth, industry leaders told CGA Peach’s 2020 Conference—but spiralling property costs might yet put the brakes on.

Entrepreneurs the lifeblood—CGA Peach 2020
19 November, 2014

An entrepreneurial spirit keeps innovation and originality flowing through the industry, a panel of big hitters confirmed at the CGA Peach 2020 Conference.

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Modern family
28 October, 2014

Now nearing its 170th birthday, Fuller’s is one of the most venerable operators around. But as chief executive Simon Emeny tells Tom Holman and Peter Martin, it has a dynamism that belies its age more...

ALMR names ops winners
18 December, 2014

Leading lights at Greene King Pub Partners and the New Inventive Pub Company have won this year’s Operations Managers Awards, run by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers. more...

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Pub and restaurant groups see November like-for-likes grow 3.4%
11 December, 2015

Pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 3.4% in November, against the same month last year. Latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker also showed that London remains more buoyant than the rest of the country with like-for-like sales up 6.1%, compared to 2.4% outside the M25. more...

Manchester seeks more restaurant space
16 December, 2014

King Street could become Manchester’s next big hub of restaurants, according to the city’s Manchester Evening News. The area has been fading in recent years, with around a third of shops now empty. more...

Confidence rewarded - well just about
16 December, 2015

This year started on a wave of optimism among operators. Our annual Business Leaders Survey showed 90% of senior executives optimistic about the prospects for their own businesses in the coming 12 months – and 80% similarly upbeat about the market as a whole. Looking back now, the big question is whether that self-belief was justified, asks Peter Martin. more...

The 10 commitments of focus
20 February, 2013

Life is short, so concentrate on making a difference: that's a good philosophy to live by, says Jim Sullivan, and it works just as well for your business as it does in the wider world more...

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What’s driving drink?
28 October, 2014

Getting the right balance between food and drink sales is a challenge for casual dining as much as pubs. Latest CGA Peach BrandTrack data sheds light on consumer attitudes to individual operators’ efforts - from innovation to value. David Martin provides the analysis more...