Trends & Reports

Atavi pasta Albert Adrià

The Lowdown: Atavi pasta

By Joe Lutrario

One of the world’s most respected and influential chefs has put his name to an innovative new range of luxury pasta.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include McWin acquiring a majority stake in Big Mamma, Native at Browns closing its doors, and Market Halls' plans for expansion.

Consumer confidence on the rise

Consumer confidence on the rise

By Restaurant

Consumer confidence has risen to its highest level since January last year, suggesting that the economy is on the road to recovery.

Restaurant operators turn to technology to combat staff retention

Operators turn to tech to combat staff retention

By James McAllister

Nearly half of hospitality operators are utilising tech to improve staffing challenges such as retention and churn, according to the latest Business Confidence Survey from CGA by NIQ and Fourth.

Choosing a hospitality payments system

Ask the Experts: payments

By Restaurant

The inside track on the fast-moving payments space, including new ways to pay, SoftPOS, and the possibility of fully-contactless payments in hospitality.

Top hospitality news stories Nico Ladenis Marcus Wareing

Friday Five: the week's top news

By Joe Lutrario

Our most read articles this week include the death of pioneering chef Nico Ladenis and the upcoming closure of Marcus Wareing's eponymous restaurant at The Berkeley hotel.

Stonegate’s decision to introduce dynamic pricing at some of its venues at peak times has reawakened a debate about the pros and cons of the practice

The Lowdown: dynamic pricing

By James McAllister

Stonegate’s decision to introduce dynamic pricing at some of its venues at peak times has reawakened a debate about the pros and cons of the practice.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Jeremy King's plans to reopen the old Le Caprice site, Honest Burgers' potential move into QSR, and details on Larry Jayasekara's first solo restaurant.

Tips down 7% on last year according to Dojo

Tips down 7% on last year

By Joe Lutrario

The average value for tips across Britain has fallen to £5.60 per transaction, down 7% on 2022.

Restaurant spending declines in August according to the latest figures from Barclaycard

Restaurant spending declines in August

By Finn Scott-Delany

Restaurants saw a further decline in spending in August (-5.8%) from July (-2.5%), according to the latest figures from Barclaycard.

Top hospitality stories featuring Jamie Oliver and Jackson Boxer

Friday Five: the week's top news

By Joe Lutrario

Our most read news stories this include the passing of Zahter head chef Esra Muslu, the possibility of a restaurant within Jamie Oliver's Essex Mansion and warnings over Pizza Hut Restaurants' financial position.

Six restaurant wine trends including wine in kegs and the squeezed middle

Six restaurant wine trends

By Joe Lutrario

Including Vivino warriors, wine list polarisation, the reappraisal of classic European regions and the return of the little black book.

The team behind Noma’s retail arm will be in London next month

The Lowdown: Noma Projects

By Joe Lutrario

The team behind Noma’s retail arm will be in London next month to showcase a range of new products.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Michel Roux Jr announcing the closure of Le Gavroche, Vinoteca being acquired by Breal Capital, and Tom Kerridge's latest London venture

Zonal people vs tech – striking the right balance

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People vs tech – striking the right balance

By Olivia FitzGerald

The chief sales and marketing officer at leading hospitality technology company Zonal discusses some new research into consumer attitudes to in-restaurant technology.

Friday five: the week's top hospitality stories

Friday five: the week's top hospitality stories

By Restaurant

Uncertainty around the future of wine bar group Vinoteca, the impending birth of Bébé Bob, and a new grab and go format for Neat Burger are among this week's most read stories.

Hospitality inflation rate rises

Hospitality inflation rate rises

By Restaurant

The inflation rate for restaurants and hotels rose slightly from 9.5% in June to 9.6% this month despite an overall drop in inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

How restaurants can improve staff retention

Seven ways to improve staff retention

By Polly Robinson

Coach and hospitality leadership trainer Polly Robinson on the importance of checking in on staff and making them feel seen, heard and valued.

Chain and QSR restaurants drive menu price increases to 14.4%

Chain restaurants drive menu price increases

By Restaurant

Food menu inflation has increased by 14.4% year-on-year, according to Lumina Intelligence’s latest Menu Tracker Quarterly Report of Q2 2023, driven primarily by chain restaurants and QSR operators.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Kenny Tutt closing his flagship restaurant, Spencer Metzger moving on from The Ritz, and McDonald’s plans for a small-format spinoff brand.

Food prices in hospitality surge again

Food prices in hospitality surge again

By James McAllister

Inflation as measured by the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index rose again to 22.6% year-on-year in June — close to the record high of 22.9% in December 2022.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Jeremy King announcing two further London openings, the publication of Ofgem's non-domestic energy market review, and several high-profile restaurant closures.

People on the Move: July 2023

People on the Move: July 2023

By Restaurant

This month's round up of job news includes a new managing director for Las Iguanas and a new head chef for East Sussex restaurant The Union Rye.