The takeaway takeover
The competition between casual dining and delivery services heats up… As casual dining brands seek revenue returns through delivery partnerships, with Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC joining the charge, and online food delivery networks growing in size – with revenue expected to show an annual growth rate of 6.5% (CAGR 2020-2024) resulting in a market […]
Probiotics and Natural Energy Drinks: A Growing Culture
We found that the demand around probiotic drinks has increased, as the general consumer trend of being health conscious spreads. While the growth of generic searches for probiotic drinks is slowing down, specific products, such as Kombucha, have witnessed a fast rise over the past four years.
Protein: Making Gains With Private Equity In Sports Nutrition
Private equity investors would do well to watch the plant-based protein market, along with alternative sports nutrition products, and keep an eye on innovative new startups in the space. It’s an industry on the rise and, like its consumers, is growing stronger all the time.
Veganism, Pret A Manger, and The Darling of Private Equity
When Pret A Manger acquired EAT in May, it caused quite a sensation. This was no ordinary private equity investment. Pret announced that its plan is to convert as many of EAT’s shops as possible into “Veggie Prets”, citing the sharp rise in demand for vegetarian and vegan meal options as its reason.
Net Sentiment: Can social data explain the Wagamama phenomenon?
This week, the Financial Times revealed that popular casual dining chain Wagamama, valued at up to £750 million, could be sold as early as this summer. Launched in 1992, the chain has grown to over 130 restaurants in the UK, alongside more than 60 abroad. Last year saw sales grow by 8%, in stark contrast […]
Brexit economic uncertainty or seasonality? Why the restaurant sector is seeing a decline
Why is the restaurant sector seeing a decline? Economic uncertainty following Brexit and Trump has reduced the disposable incomes of many, increasing the preference of “dining in” as opposed to “dining out”. Restaurants: like-for-like sales -0.6% Pubs: like-for-like sales -1.2% YOY sales: -1.0% Intent to go out: -2.93% Political impact on decision to go out: […]