A Look at the U.K.’s Fastest-Growing Limited-Service Segments

For the U.K.’s top chain restaurants, 2013 was a year of healthy growth, even if trade gains weren’t quite as robust as in 2012. The concepts that made Technomic’s 2014 list of the 100 largest U.K. chain restaurants (by U.K. systemwide sales) as a group saw sales rise 6.4% last year, compared with a gain […]

Is Pizza the Next Fast-Casual Frontier in the U.K.?

The fast-casual dining revolution has always been about answering one question: Why isn’t it possible to get a better-quality, freshly prepared (pick your menu item) more quickly, and at an affordable price point? Burgers have seen the bulk of the attention from U.K. operators looking to answer this question in the past two years. Imported […]

U.K. Coffee Cafe-Retailer Partnership All About Convenience

Coffee cafes were one of the hottest segments of the U.K. restaurant industry in 2012, with concepts that ranked among the Leading 100 U.K. chain restaurants posting domestic systemwide sales growth of 12.2% (to more than £1.4 billion) on unit growth of 15.4%. One concept looking to capitalise on this growth—and attracting not a small […]

A Look at the U.K. Restaurant Industry’s Growth Leaders

Following a rocky start, 2012 turned out to be a year of solid growth for the U.K. restaurant industry. The Leading 100 U.K. restaurant chains—the year’s top sales performers, as ranked by Technomic—posted combined domestic sales growth of 7.1 percent on unit growth of 7 percent. In 2011, in comparison, sales rose 5.6 percent on […]