Trends & Reports

Analysis of all the latest consumer trends and industry reports to help you operate your business more effectively.

Christmas dining trends: quick service top priority for men

22-Dec-2014 - Quick service is very important for men when dining out during the Christmas period, while women focus more on the whole experience, according to research by CGA Peach and hospitality...

Beer sales bounce back at expense of cider

22-Dec-2014 - UK beer sales have bounced back after five consecutive years of decline, according to the latest research from Mintel.

Eating out spend continues to rise

22-Dec-2014 - Eating out continued to outperform the overall leisure market last month, with families in particular spending more on meals at pubs and restaurants.

Households enjoy more spare cash this Christmas

19-Dec-2014 - Brits will have more disposable income to spend on extras like eating out this Christmas, according to the latest income tracker from Asda.

On-trade alcohol sales in need of festive cheer

19-Dec-2014 - Pubs and restaurants have been hit by falling alcohol sales over the past twelve weeks, but could receive a boost as people gear up for the festive period.

Edinburgh hotels hike prices for Hogmanay

18-Dec-2014 - Hotel prices in Edinburgh have increased by 146 per cent on average on 31st December, according to data released by Trivago. 

News in brief

Tipping - what restaurateurs really think

18-Dec-2014 - Nearly half of restaurateurs believe it is appropriate to leave a 5-10 per cent tip, according to a new ResDiary poll.

OpenTable names its top 100 UK restaurants

17-Dec-2014 - Chef Tom Seller’s Restaurant Story in London took the top spot on this year’s OpenTable Top 100 Best Restaurants list.

People 1st calls for hospitality jobs campaign

17-Dec-2014 - People 1st has called for a ‘hard hitting’ cross-industry campaign to promote the breadth of career opportunities the hospitality and tourism industry can offer.

Premiumisation key to boosting tea sales in coffee shops

16-Dec-2014 - Premium tea brands are crucial to tap into the growth potential for out-of-home tea sales, according to a report by Allegra World Coffee Portal.

2% alcohol duty cut could give budget £1.5bn boost

15-Dec-2014 - A 2 per cent alcohol duty cut could boost public finances by £1.5bn in 2015, according to an Ernst & Young report launched alongside the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s...

BDO: Smokehouses and pop-ups to thrive in 2015

12-Dec-2014 - A boom in crowd-funding and the increasing popularity of smokehouses and pop-ups are among the predictions for 2015 from advisory firm BDO.

Pushy waiters deter diners from leaving tips

12-Dec-2014 - Over-attentive waiting staff has been named as the most irritating practice in British restaurants in a survey commissioned by restaurant critic Barry Verber.

News in brief

International visitor spend drops 3%

11-Dec-2014 - Overseas residents spent £6.3bn during their visits to the UK from August to October – a 3 per cent year-on-year drop despite growth in the number of visits.

Restaurant and pub sales up 3.4% in November

11-Dec-2014 - Pub and restaurant groups enjoyed a 3.4 per cent increase in like-for-like sales in November compared to the same month last year, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

More growth expected for hotels

11-Dec-2014 - Hotel performance both in London and in the regions is expected to remain strong until the end of the year, according to HotStats’ first Hotel Market Profitability Forecast.

Capital expenses: London tops accommodation price index

10-Dec-2014 - London is the 14th most expensive city in the world for accommodation, according to GoEuro’s 2014 Accommodation Price Index.

Infographic: Hotel guests’ breakfast preferences

10-Dec-2014 - A majority of guests want as much variety as possible in hotel breakfasts, but different nationalities prioritise different aspects of the experience, according to a survey by

Only 1% of Google organic hotel search results formed by independents

10-Dec-2014 - Online travel agents (OTAs) form two thirds (73 per cent) of search results – both organic and paid for – for hotel-related keywords on Google UK, according to digital agency Crafted.

Bright future for coffee shops

08-Dec-2014 - The coffee shop sector is expected to reach £16.5bn in turnover and 27,000 outlets by 2020, according to a report by World Coffee Portal.

Scotland hot on tourist list for year end

04-Dec-2014 - Scottish hotels are set to enjoy a busy end of 2014, as demand on Expedia has grown by 30 to 50 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Infographic: Hotel marketing for millennial travellers

04-Dec-2014 - This infographic, released by HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts, looks at who millennials are, how they travel, hospitality trends driven by their demand and marketing techniques to target them.

Card payments continue to rise

04-Dec-2014 - Credit and debit card transactions rose by over 6 per cent in 2014, leaving hospitality operators that do not offer cashless payments ‘behind the curve’, according to payment processor Worldpay.

London restaurants show record rate of growth

04-Dec-2014 - London has recorded its highest ever rate of net restaurant openings but there are concerns that the bubble may be about to burst.

Restaurants should boost meat-free offer, claims alliance

03-Dec-2014 - Campaigners have called on restaurants and pubs to offer more low meat and meat-free options as new research suggests that British consumers are eating less meat.