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McDonald's: improving its image through sustainable sourcing

From October, McDonald's will sell sustainable fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council in its European outlets, a move that signifies a concerted effort to improve the ethical standing of the company. As sustainability becomes an increasingly key battleground in the foodservice landscape, certification appears to be the next step in convincing consumers of companies' good intentions.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jun 2011
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Domino's: already looking to improve on impressive annual growth

The fast food delivery giant Domino's has announced a sales boost of 19.3% across its UK stores, with like-for-like sales up 11.3%. As a result, total sales are approaching the GBP500m mark. Going forward, Domino's expects its online sales operation to continue its strong performance, while the opening of 57 new stores around the country will increase its visible market presence.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2011
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CommentWire

Below-cost alcohol pricing: lenient proposals may give way to stronger measures

Proposals put forward by the UK government for minimum pricing only include tax outlays, not the cost of producing the alcohol itself, and as a result have been slammed by many health organizations as being likely to have little or no effect on consumer drinking habits. However, it seems probable that future changes to the policy will result in laws less favorable to the drinks industry.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2011
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Double Pyramid: new food model represents opportunities for firms dealing in healthy staples

A new scientific research model from an Italian food and nutritional health think tank, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, successfully highlights the strong connection between health and the green and ethical credentials of different foods. The Double Pyramid, presented at the European Parliament on October 12, provides a green platform for the marketing of whole grain, bread and pasta.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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McDonald's: Europe drives growth

New sales figures confirm that the fast food chain is more reliant than before on European outlets, with a focus on refurbishing existing venues rather than creating new ones proving successful for the company. Relying on existing stores for sales has been a successful short-term strategy, but the firm will now be hoping economic improvements will help maintain growth.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2010
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Wetherspoon extends breakfast hours to tap into out-of-home consumption behavior

From April, UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon will be extending its breakfast hours by opening at 7am instead of 9am. Although there are risks to employing this strategy, the move reflects the opportunities offered by time-scarce and on-the-go consumers. By diversifying its business model, Wetherspoon will be able to widen its value-generation potential beyond the troubled on-trade alcohol sector.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2010
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Waitrose: looking to get a small bite to Eat

Having already unveiled plans to sell food-to-go through Shell petrol stations and Alliance Boots, Waitrose is looking to consolidate its position in the convenience market with two new initiatives. The retailer is set to trial a new smaller format comprising its first stores of less than 3,000 square feet, and is also in early discussions to acquire the Eat chain of premium food-to-go outlets.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
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Investec: no business like show business

Investec Private Bank has launched a specialist division to service wealthy individuals in the music and film industries. Although just how attractive this particular segment is remains to be seen, this type of targeting of a tightly defined segment is a powerful approach for wealth managers to take, and is something that other banks should take note of.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2010
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RBS: proposed Liverpool FC fan boycott highlights the power of social media

Liverpool FC supporters have created an online campaign to boycott Royal Bank of Scotland, in order to stop the bank from extending its existing loan agreement with the club's debt-laden owners. The campaign demonstrates the power of social media to generate grass roots action, and its potential to overcome consumer apathy within the banking sector.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2010
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Burger King: challenging McDonald's by expanding its menu

Having proven successful in the US, Burger King is rolling out its Tendercrisp Premium Chicken burger in Europe, backed by an extensive marketing campaign. Consumers are urged to "cheat on beef", with the message that the restaurant chain can offer more than just beef burgers. The creative marketing is likely to engage consumers, while chicken may appeal to more health-conscious visitors.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2010

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