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Issue 174 - March 2018

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Sandwich chain EAT is understood to be looking at store closures as it explores ways to shore up the business in the face of high street pressures. One-third (31%) of consumers would eat out more if healthier options were more readily available.

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News 
  • Sandwich chain EAT is understood to be looking at store closures as it explores ways to shore up the business in the face of high street pressures.
  • North Yorkshire sandwich manufacturer CK Foods had to be closed for three days after a rat infestation at its Bedale base.
  • Pret A Manger has opened its first Scandinavian shops in partnership with HMSHost International. The first shop (opened on 7th February) is located in the main Terminal 2 check-in area, with a seating area for 160 customers. A second shop by the Metro station in Terminal 3 opened on 8th February.
Research
  • One-third (31%) of consumers would eat out more if healthier options were more readily available, according to new research into the out-of-home market unveiled by IGD. Interest in healthy eating is on the rise and so is eating out.
Profiles
  • Partnerships are really taking off at the moment and healthy food to go operator Crussh has been one of the most active. Shane Kavanagh, CEO, explains how it was done.
  • The Bread Oven is a remarkable rapid-service, baguette based operation in the Students Union at Warwick University. Conceived and run by Catering Manager Alexis Sinclair, it’s a slick business, dealing with large numbers of hungry students who obviously love the notion of ‘building their own’ baguettes. Simon Ambrose spoke to her after grappling with one of their very well-filled New Yorker options.