Trends & Reports

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

The rise of the beer sommelier: Why it’s time to put beer on the same footing as wine

08-Dec-2016 - There’s no doubt that interest in beer, both from the trade and consumers, has grown markedly over the last few years, yet, as a match to food beer is still...

UK one of Europe’s fastest-growing coffee markets, says report

06-Dec-2016 - The UK is among the countries with the fastest-growing coffee market, which is still thriving and innovating to stay ahead, according to new research.

'Fundamental' Brexit effect on food and drink prices expected

06-Dec-2016 - Brexit will have a fundamental impact on food and drink prices, with foodservice inflation expected to rise by 3.4 per cent in 2017 alone, David Read, chief executive of Prestige...

Waffle restaurant Pure Waffle to relaunch in London

06-Dec-2016 - Pure Waffle, the waffle restaurant group previously found in London’s Duke Street, is to relaunch in Knightsbridge, as part of a stated expansion plan in the UK and abroad.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 28/11 - 02/12

02-Dec-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Airbnb to impose 90-day limit on London rentals

01-Dec-2016 - Airbnb is to impose a 90-day limit on London users letting out properties through the site following concern it is contributing to the city’s housing crisis.

Serviced apartment operators optimistic for 2017

01-Dec-2016 - The majority of serviced apartment operators are optimistic for the year ahead, with almost a third planning to accelerate expansion plans in 2017.

Average room rates fall by up to 20% in UK's major cities

01-Dec-2016 - Average hotel room rates in the UK's cities fell by up to 20 per cent in the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period of 2015, leading...

Bookatable launches restaurant music festival to explore food-music link

30-Nov-2016 - Online restaurant booking platform Bookatable is to hold a festival exploring the links between food and music, as part of wider research into the subject.

Restaurants, pubs and hotels at front line of rising food inflation

30-Nov-2016 - Foodservice operators are on the front line of rising food inflation as they face paying 2 per cent more for supplies than they did last year, according to supply chain...

Campaign calls for standardised fish and chip portion sizes

29-Nov-2016 - A campaign has been launched by Seafish and AHDB to encourage fish and chip restaurants and takeaways to serve portions in standard sizes. 

Challenging, yet profitable year for Crieff Hydro hotel company

28-Nov-2016 - The boss of Scottish hotel company Crieff Hydro has reported a profitable year for the business despite challenging trading conditions and a large investment in its properties. 

UK has seen no post-Brexit tourism surge, says BHA

28-Nov-2016 - The number of leisure tourists visiting the UK dropped by almost 400,000 in the first nine months of 2016, according to the British Hospitality Association's (BHA) Travel Monitor report.

Adagio launches fresh ‘lighter’ communal design in new Edinburgh site

28-Nov-2016 - Adagio, the aparthotels group, is to open the first of its newly-designed hotel spaces in Edinburgh, with a new ‘lighter’ communal space design.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 21/11 - 25/11

25-Nov-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

Park Plaza outlines London expansion plans

24-Nov-2016 - Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts is to launch two new hotels and open 900 rooms in London over the next few months.  

What does the Autumn Statement mean for hospitality?

23-Nov-2016 - The Autumn Statement has received a lukewarm response from the hospitality industry after the Chancellor offered help for rural businesses, but failed to cut tourism VAT.

Diners more 'loyal' to restaurants with free WiFi

22-Nov-2016 - Nearly two thirds of customers would be more likely to re-visit a bar or restaurant if they were able to access the WiFi, a new study has found.

Marriott to trial voice-activated room assistant

22-Nov-2016 - Marriott has announced the two tech start-ups it will be trialling in its hotels as part of an ongoing push to innovate its hotel operations.

Wetherspoon’s Tim Martin hits out at pub VAT and business rates

22-Nov-2016 - Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has again hit out against the VAT and business rates paid by pubs, saying that they are “killing pubs”.

Autumn Statement 2016: Five things hospitality wants to see

22-Nov-2016 - Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver the UK’s first post-Brexit budget on 23 November, but what are the issues the hospitality industry wants to see addressed?

The new black: How coffee got creative

21-Nov-2016 - With the opening of new shops apparently slowing and brand loyalty at an all-time low, we look at the innovative new concepts fighting back against ‘peak coffee’.

Why 'sleeping giant' Hull is a city to watch

21-Nov-2016 - It may not be known as a typical tourist magnet, but Hull is attracting a growing number of hotels and restaurants ahead its stint as UK City of Culture in 2017.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 14/11 - 18/11

18-Nov-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick

The Chop and Chip Co to open permanent site in Camden Market

17-Nov-2016 - Former street food vendor The Chop and Chip Co is to open its first permanent site, in London’s Camden Market, on 21 November.