The finalists for the first ever StrEAT Food Challenge have been confirmed.

Chik’n will open its second site on Wardour Street in Soho in May, following the debut site on Baker Street two years ago.

Pubs and restaurants helped non-essential spending see strong growth in March this year, recording uplifts of 15.1% and 12.1% respectively.

News Updates

CDG promotes James Spragg to CEO

Casual Dining Group, the operator of brands such as Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge, has promoted James Spragg from chief operating officer to chief executive officer.

UK consumer confidence rises

Consumer confidence rose 1% in Q1 2019 to -8% compared to the previous quarter, according to the Deloitte Consumer Tracker.

Key growth pillars around alcohol revealed

Diageo GB has launched The Diageo Drinks Report, which outlines the growth opportunity for alcoholic beverages in Great Britain for 2019.

Consumer insight guide now available to operators

A new annual supplement packed full of business-building consumer insight has been launched by H2O Publishing, the company that produces Casual Dining Magazine.