BITES LIVE – THE BIG REVEAL: TOP 100 MOST LOVED EATING OUT
In recognition and celebration of the most emotively connected brands within our industry in 2019, attendees at this year’s London-held BITES Live conference will be the first to find out which eating out propositions consumers are truly in love with on 9th October. In the exclusive national launch, insight consultancy Savanta will reveal the most loved eating out brands on the high street at BITES Live.
RESTAURANT NUMBERS DROP
The UK’s restaurant numbers have fallen for the sixth quarter in a row, research from CGA and AlixPartners reveals. Independent operators have faced the most closures, with group-owned restaurants proving more resilient despite the problems faced by some major brands. In the 12 months to June 2019, there has been a 3.4% drop in restaurant numbers – an average of 18 closures a week.
BRUMMIES LOVE A DEAL
People in Birmingham are the hungriest for casual dining deals, according to sales data from e-commerce platform Wowcher. People from Birmingham spent the most per person during the first half of 2019, followed by Liverpool, London and Manchester. Those in Birmingham spent 266% more per person than those in London, and those in Liverpool spent 38% more per person than those in Manchester.
Customers are the most critical in the evening, according to data from Feed It Back.
The company analysed hundreds of thousands of reviews across the restaurant and bar industries. The statistics track customer satisfaction scores across breakfast, lunch and dinner, and show that overall satisfaction is lowest in the evening at 90.8%. This compares to lunch at 92.4% and breakfast at 93%.
CDG CHICKEN COMMITMENT
Casual Dining Group has signed up to the European Chicken Commitment. The Commitment requires companies to commit to a range of key standards around slower growing chicken breeds, reduced stocking density, environmental enrichment, natural light and humane slaughtering processes by 2026. Everyone involved in the agreement has to be audited by an independent body to ensure they are meeting requirements.
PLASTIC PACKAGING PURGE
Molson Coors has announced that it will remove plastic from its Carling and Coors Light packaging by 2021. To implement the changes, the brewer is investing around £7.5m over the next two years. Molson Coors has brought in science-based targets to lower absolute carbon emissions by 50% within its own operations, and by 20% across its value chain.